International Bansko Film Fest 2023 is coming – highlights and guests in the program!

🎬🏞 Bansko film fest 2023 – free spirit, no limits!πŸ§—β™‚οΈπŸš΅β™€οΈβ›·
πŸŒπŸ“£ The 22nd edition of the International Festival of Mountaineering and Extreme Cinema in Bansko brings a feeling of freedom, inspires and gathers the world’s mountaineering and adventure elite from November 22 to 26! 85 film premieres, motivational lectures, exhibitions, activities, parties until dawn and a program for the little ones!
Entrance is free!
πŸ“… We are eagerly counting down the days until the 22nd edition of the Bansko Film Fest full of adventures, friends and the beloved audience! Save the dates November 22-26, city of Bansko!
5 days, 85 films from 39 countries – our team selects from over 300 titles in world documentaries, films on the topic of mountaineering, climbing, cycling, travel, adventure, paragliding, extreme skiing and snowboarding, speleology, culture of mountain peoples and others. A film jury will evaluate the competition program in 9 categories, screenings in 4 halls, guests from Bulgaria and abroad, meetings, presentations, celebrations of anniversaries of unforgettable achievements in Bulgarian and world mountaineering, children’s program, exhibitions, outdoor activities, entering a cave, climbing competition, stands and unforgettable moments of meeting the festival guests.
πŸ“Highlights in the program: a special feature film panel, in which we will see the premiere in Bulgaria of the film “Nest” from Denmark from the competition program of the Berlinale festival; premiere of Reinhold Messner’s latest film “Sturm am Manaslu”; 🌌A look at the stars – 550 years since the birth of the father of modern astronomy Nicolaus Copernicus and a night lesson in astronomy; 70 years since the first ascents of Everest and Nanga Parbat with a special film program and presentations; musical journey with Nikolay Ivanov – OM; a special photo corner of Unica Bulgaria, where you can capture your favorite moments and meetings from the festival and many more surprises from the organizers! πŸ™‚

⭐ THE STARS OF BANSKO FILM FEST
– Hans Kammerlander (Italy)/Hans Kammerlander (Italy) – we will finally meet you with this legend in mountaineering. Kamerlander is a remarkable climber, extreme skier and mountain guide. Describing his achievements only in the Alps and Dolomites is impossible. The South Tyrolean is Reinhold Messner’s longest-serving partner, and in the most important period of his Himalayan career – the final part of his effort to become the first person in the world to climb all 14 major eight-thousanders on Earth. He was with him for seven of them. He is also the author of the first ski descent from Nanga Parbat, witnessed by the participants in the first Bulgarian expedition to this peak;
– Ines Papert (Germany)/Ines Papert (Germany) – one of the best extreme climbers in the world; she is also a winner several times in the Ice Climbing World Cup; author of several world records in her field;
– prof. PhD Wolfgang Nairz (Austria)/Wolfgang Nairz (Austria) – Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Nairz, leader of several dozen expeditions and founder of flying (hang-gliding) in the highest mountains in the 1970s and 1980s century, which he himself calls “the crazy years of Austrian alpinism”. Among the endeavors under his leadership was the 1978 Everest expedition, during which Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler made his first ascent without oxygen.
– Marcin Tomaszewski (Poland)/Marczyn Tomaszewski (Poland) – one of the most relevant Polish climbers and Big-Wall climbers;
– Ludovico Bich (Italy)/Ludovico Bich (Italy) – mountain guide and photographer. He will present his exhibition “Black snow” within the festival; Ludovico Bich is a descendant of one of the oldest families of mountain guides in the region of Cervinia (Bich), which began to develop the mountaineering culture in the Alps at the end of the 19th century and continues to this day.
The different festival of the free spirit will meet the audience with the best and most up-to-date adventurers and extreme personalities from the world, gathers every year the global and Bulgarian elite of outdoor activities. The festival program includes motivational presentations and workshops by foreign and Bulgarian guests, premiere titles on the big screen for Bulgaria are some of the most awarded films on this topic in the last two years.
πŸžπŸ“The Bulgarian outdoor community on stage at Bansko Film Fest 2023. Guests will be:
– Nikolay Petkov – mountaineer;
– Kuncho Dolapchiev – alpinist, teacher at the National Academy of Sciences;
– Doychin Boyanov – mountaineer;
– Efrosina Hristova – speleologist;
– Alexey Stoev – astronomer;
– Toncho Tonchev – mountaineer;
– Alexey Zhalov – caveman, leader of numerous expeditions;
Leaders in the children’s and youth program BanskofilmfestKIDS:
– Doychin Boyanov – mountaineer;
– Alexander Shopov – alpinist, orienteer;
– Kamen Bonev, Stoycho Zarev, Sasho Popov, Vanyo Gyorev – entering a cave;
– Tihomir Dimitrov, Svobodin Dimitrov – climbing;
International Jury:
– Benoit Aymon (Switzerland) – artistic director of the International Mountain Film Festival in Diabloure, Switzerland;
– Ivan Obreykov (Bulgaria) – operator, photographer;

πŸ“Companion program:
We will once again have a program for the little adventurers – BanskofilmfestKIDS – a children’s and youth adventure program, which includes over 350 children from grades 1-12 and preschool age.
Bansko FilmfestMemory – memory section and commemoration of notable anniversaries in Bulgarian and world mountain history;
BanskofilmfestBOOK – presentation of the book by the speleologist Alexey Zhalov
BanskofilmfestClimbing – Fun and demonstrative sports climbing competition in the discipline “SPEED” – “Peter Atanasov Cup”. The competition will be held at the Stenata Hotel in the village of Banya. Details and regulations: banskofilmfest.com
πŸ“·BanskofilmfestEXHIBITIONS – 10 photo exhibitions
Entrance is free!
Organizers:
International Mountain Film Festival Association
Municipality of Bansko
Main partners: Kompas company, SAMSUNG Bulgaria, Ford Motophoe, UNIKA Bulgaria, ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA – SOFIA, Polish Institute in Sofia Instytut Polski w Sofii, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Bulgaria, Austrian Embassy Austrian Embassy Sofia, Swiss Embassy in Bulgaria, Hungarian cultural institute, Slovenian Embassy in Bulgaria, Halfbike, Varrio Sport online store, Bulgaria, Free Mountains Association @Free Mountains Association, Namaste store
Partner hotels: Hotel Amira, Regnum Bansko Ski Hotel Β§ Spa, Saint George Hotel, St. Ivan Rilski Hotel, Gardenia Hotel, Kralev Dvor Hotel, Greenlife Bansko Hotel, Stenata Guest House, Banya village, Hotel Irina Nikulchina, Hotel Orpheus, Hotel Elena Lodge, Spa & Apartment Hotel Planinski Romance;
Main media partner: Bulgarian National Television
Media partners: BNR, Vakon publishing house, Dnevnik, climbingguidebg.bg
πŸ“· Festival photo/Photo cover event: Ines Papert in Norway/Senja Island, photo credit: Thomas Sen

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