Filmmakers and Mountain Lovers, It gives us great
pleasure to inform you about Sliven International
Mountain Film Festival. The Festival, being held in
Sliven, is the first of its kind in Balkan region, home
to the very nice mountains. The event is a unique
platform for filmmakers from around the globe, featuring
new and exciting works on mountains, mountain peoples
and mountain sports. It will bring together in a
competitive venue, film and filmmakers from all over in
a enjoyable gathering to appreciate each other’s works
and discuss ideas and issues related to highland
dwellers, cultures and environment. Enclosed, is an
entry form on the Festival. We hope we will enjoy your
cooperation in spreading the word and making the
Festival an enduring success.
Sliven International Mountain
This town has an exceptional tradition in mountaineering. The local
mountaineering club “The Blue Stones” (“Sinite Kamani”) is 101 years old.
Sliven is the place of origin for expedition alpinism in Bulgaria and its
founders are the first Bulgarians who visited the exotic mountains of the
Sliven’s alpinist citizens set out from Bulgaria with two microbuses loaded on
a ship. They crossed the Mediterranean sea, disembarking in Egypt. The Emperor
of Ethiopia at that time, Haile Selasie, met them personally. They crossed the
Sahara desert and made the first Bulgarian ascent of Africa’s highest peak,
Mt. Kilimanjaro. In 1971, members of the same group made an attack on Noshak
(Noshaq, 7492m), the highest point of Afghanistan’s Hindukush mountain range.
In 2002, under the leadership
of Dinko Tomov, alpinists of Sliven’s mountaineering club “Mountains and
Adventures” realized the biggest Bulgarian journey in Asia. Again the group
traveled with a truck. Along the way the members of this expedition climbed
the highest peaks of Turkey (Ararat) and Iran (Mt. Demavent). Then they
crossed Pakistan and reached the Kun-Lun mountain range in China. There they
made the first Bulgarian ascent of Mustag-Ata (7547m). Crossing the desert of
Takla-Makan and the ancient lands of Kashgaria and Jungaria, they reached the
ancient proto-Bulgarian country – a land named Imeon – situated at the foot of
Tian-Shan Mountain or “The Sky Mountains”. There they scaled Mt. Khan-Tengri
(6995m), honoured by the proto-Bulgarians as a representative of their Prime
God, Tangra. The voyagers on this incredible journey visited some of the
biggest cultural and historical places of Asia during this trip. They came
back with a couple of thousand pictures and many video tapes. They shared
their experiences with a lot of people in splendid presentations by Dinko
Tomov in Sliven, Plovdiv, Sofia, and Varna.
We could also mention the
location of Sliven, its traditions, and the celebrities who came from this
town – leaders, writers, poets, musicians, and sportsmen. Alpinism and
mountaineering are part of this city’s atmosphere, something that deeply
excites the entire community.
Bulgarian alpine movies have long achieved amazing success. In 1947, “People
among Clouds,” a movie made by Zahari Zhandov, won first prize for a
documentary movie in the International film festival in Venice. In 1968,
“Living Fossils,” a movie made by Konstantin Kostov, won one of the special
prizes in a festival in Trento, Italy – the “mountaineering Cannes”. Seven
years later (1975) another movie received a special prize. This was the
masterpiece “Sunrises” (filmed during the ascent on the north face of Vihren).
Bulgarian movies for
mountaineering and caving have won many more prizes and diplomas in different
movie festivals around the world.
This festival is a project of the municipality of Sliven and the Association
“International Mountain Film Festival”. Other contributors are the community
of Sliven, The Federation of the Bulgarian Alpine Clubs, the Italian and the
Polish Cultural Institutes, “Goethe Institute” – Sofia, the culture department
of the Austrian embassy, and others.
The program consists of about 50 movies or almost 20 hours. There will be two
parts: competitive and retrospective. Concerns to be addressed are the
preservation of the nature of mountains, the culture and way of life of
mountain dwelling peoples, and the flora and fauna of mountainous regions, the
extreme mountain sports.
The retrospective part is
dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the first ascent of Everest (8848m) and
Nanga Parbat (8125m), and will consist of 15 unique movies presenting the
essential historic moments of those two mountains and the world’s
Additional Program: The primary focus here will be
meetings with the various Bulgarian alpinists, cavers, and adventurers who
realized the high achievements of recent years. These include Sliven’s Asian
expedition, the climbing of Broad Peak (8047m) in Kakakorum, and the
underwater caving expedition in the Vratsa region (with the participation of
Frenchmen, Belgians and Croatians). More such accomplishments are the scaling
of several volcanoes in Ecuador (including Chimboraso, the most remote point
from the center of the Earth) and hauling down the Amazon River, the
expedition to Patagonia and Tierra del Fuego. Several photo and art
exhibitions are planned, as well as meetings, discussions about mountain film,
Those who organize the festival want to put it among the most popular movie
forums. They consider this manifest as a possibility to present to the world
the Bulgarian mountains, mountain resorts and ski-centers, and tourist
business in our country. Association “International Mountain Film Festival”
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