The nine (9) 2005 ADVENTURA
Prizes were awarded yesterday at the closing ceremony of the 4th Montreal
International Adventure Film Festival (also know by its French acronym FIFAM).
Over 170 films from the four corners of the world had been submitted in
preselection and 38 of them were retained for the official selection presented
to the Montreal public over 4 days, namely from October 27 to 30, 2005. This
year, the prizes are rewarding film-makers of productions stemming from
Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Slovakia and Switzerland.
THE 2005 ADVENTURA AWARD WINNERS
ADVENTURA GRAND PRIZE. Best
film, all categories. Grant of $1,500 CAN. FLYING OVER EVEREST (Italy, 2004,
60 min.) Dir. : Fabio Toncelli - SD Cinematografica For the first time, a man
will fly above Everest in a hang glider. But this challenge leaves him far
from satisfied. He also wants to reintroduce to this environment a species of
eagle that has disappeared from the Himalayas and to soar with these majestic
ADVENTURA PRIZE – Human
achievement. Best production illustrating a great adventure challenge or an
exceptional human achievement.
LE VOYAGE INTERIEUR DE MIKE HORN (Switzerland, 2005, 84 min.) Dir. : Raphaël
Blanc - Artemis Films: Renowned for his extreme adventures, Mike Horn attempts
this time to cross the world at the Arctic Circle. This 27-month trek alone on
foot, by sail power, by kayak, pushed by kite and on skis tests the limits of
ADVENTURA PRIZE – Mountain setting. Best production illustrating an activity
linked with a mountain setting. THE OTHER FACE OF K2 (Spain, 2005, 44 min.)
Dir : Oscar Cadiach - Televisio de Catalunya
Follows a Catalan expedition that was the first team to repeat the "Magic
Line" route on K2. A human tale of solidarity on the way to the world’s most
ADVENTURA PRIZE – Thalassa.
Best production illustrating a water-based activity. OCEANS' TWENTY : AU FIL
DU VENDEE GLOBE (France, 2005, 58 min.) Dir. : Christian Deleau - Nefertiti
The Vendée Globe is an extreme-sailing race – alone, no stopovers, no
assistance. The fastest competitors return only at the end of three long
ADVENTURA PRIZE – Man and the environment. Best production illustrating the
relationship between Man and his milieu. REMIS EX-AEQUO
DES MANCHOTS ET DES HOMMES (France, 2004, 52 min.) Dir. : Luc Jacquet and
Jérôme Maison - Bonne Pioche Productions
Two "willing castaway" filmmakers are imprisoned by the nine-month-long
Antarctic winter in order to film the life of emperor penguins.
LE DRAGON DE PATAGONIE (France, 2005, 52 min.) Dir. : Gilles Santantonio - Les
Films du Mille-Pattes: An expedition made up of divers, mountain climbers and
scientists heads to the glaciers of Patagonia in search of a hitherto-unknown
insect. Diving in the midst of glaciers involves danger but the rewards
justify the risks.
ADVENTURA PRIZE – New creator. Presented to the director of a first film:
CHUQUIRAGUA (Canada, 2004, 18 min.) Dir. : Isabelle Daigneault - Olisa
Productions How can a mountain change a person's life? Two Canadians introduce
two Ecuadorians to high-mountain climbing in preparation for scaling Ecuador's
El Altar volcano.
ADVENTURA PRIZE – Extreme adventure. Best production illustrating an activity
with a highly sporting character. AMAZONIA VERTICAL (Slovakia, 2004, 63 min.)
Dir. : Pavol Barabas - K2 Studio
Climbing friends gather for an expedition to the heart of the highest chain of
mountains in the Amazon region – the Auyan Tepui. Sometimes all that separates
climbing, mountaineering and exploring is a step and a few carabiners.
ADVENTURA PRIZE — Best extreme adventure short-length film.
PROFONDEUR ABSOLUE (France, 2004, 9 min.) Dir. : Loïc Leferme - Inspiration
Production: Don't forget to breathe as you watch Loïc Leferme, world
absolute-depth apnea freediving champion at an October 30, 2004 competition,
where he dived to a depth record of -171 m.
MENTION NYIMA ET LES PORTEURS (France, 2004, 56 min.) Dir. : Philippe
Lespinasse - Via Découvertes: A tribute to Himalaya sherpas in the form of the
story of Nyima, a 16-year-old porter-guide. Without such native experts, there
is no food, no fuel, no clothing and, most of all, no expedition to the
world's highest peaks.
The 2005 FIFAM was presented by EXPÉDITIONS MONDE and MOUNTAIN HARDWEAR, in
collaboration with L’AUBERGE DE MONTAGNE DES CHIC-CHOCS and by its media
partner, ESPACES magazine.This event was organized by PRODUCTIONS ESPACES, an
entirely private and independent body, the mission of which is to promote
outdoor activities, ecotourism and adventure by organizing events.
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