The seventh edition of the Mountain Films Festival(dff), an annual cinematic celebration of all things natural and adventurous, is set to kick off in İstanbul on March 7 with the theme of “Get Ready for Adventure.”
The niche festival, Turkey’s first and only film event to focus exclusively on mountaineering and nature, will run through March 11 in İstanbul and then hit the road later in the month for a two-day stint in the Turkish capital from March 29–30 followed by a three-day run in the Aegean city of İzmir from April 12-14.
Organized by the Mineral Events and the Mountain Culture Association (DKD), a total of 55 films spanning a variety of genres, ranging from documentaries to short films, are to be screened at the festival. Twenty of these are Turkish titles, while 35 have been selected from the international pool. Over 500 film submissions were received for the festival this year.
Films will be screened in eight categories including “From Our Country,” “From around the World,” “Nature, Environment and People,” “The Water World,” “The Spirit of Discovery,” “Kayak” and “Bikes.”
Eight breathtaking titles, including Alastair Lee’s “The Prophet,” the gripping product of a 10-year project by British rock climber Leo Houlding, the first Briton to complete a new free route on the famous El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, California, and Anson Fogel’s multi-award-winning film “Cold,” which allows viewers a raw and poignant insight into an experience on the 13th highest mountain on earth, Gasherbrum II, from the perspective of alpinist and photographer Cory Richards, are included in the “From around the World” section.
Highlights of the program include Gürkan Genç’s “Demir Atlı Adam” (The Man with the Iron Horse), an account of Genç’s 11-month bike trek from Turkey to Japan, and “The Broken Moon,” a multi-award winning documentary by Marcos Negrao and Andre Range, which provides a stunning look into the life of the last of the Himalayan nomads whose existence is being threatened by climate change.
Admission-free screenings in İstanbul will take place at the French Institute in Taksim, the Galatasaray Aynalıgeçit and the Pusula Art Center in Harbiye. An exhibition, conferences and workshops will also take place as part of the festival program. For more information see http://www.dagfilmfest.org.