Inspired by the success of some similar international events, a new edition of the Alpin Film Festival is being held in three Romanian mountain resorts, namely Brasov, Predeal and Busteni.
Alpin Film Festival takes place from February 28 to March 4, 2018; it is a film, book and photography international cultural event which aims to promote mountain civilization. Inspired by the success of other similar events from all over the world, such as Banff (Canada), Grenoble (France) or Katmandu (Nepal), this festival is dedicated to those who love climbing, adventure, mountain sports and nature. Being at its third edition, the event includes Romanian and international movie screenings, conferences, book releases, debates on mountain topics, photo exhibitions, meetings with producers, film directors, athletes, climbers and personalities of the mountain world in Romania and from abroad. This year’s events are simultaneously held in three localities, namely in Brasov, Predeal and Busteni; the access is free at all the events. Designed to take place over five days full of events, the official opening of the festival was scheduled on February 28, at the Reduta Cultural Center in Brasov, with a screening in absolute premiere of the movie “Viata e o poteca” (“Life Is a Trail” – e.n.) – a summary of the most successful productions of the Romanian Television – “Izolati in Romania” (“Isolated in Romania” – e.n.), which gathers 12 reportages made during each month of 2016, about the people in the unknown hamlets of Romania. As for the program of Thursday, March 1, it includes the conference with the topic “100 de ani de turism in Romania” (“100 Years of Tourism in Romania” – e.n.), which will be held at the Brasov County History Museum, the debate “Ariile protejate – redute ale culturii montane” (“Protected Areas – Redoubts of the Mountain Culture” – e.n.), followed by the screening of two movies by foreign directors. On Friday, March 2, at Predeal, there will be held the conference “Educatie pentru turism montan” (“Education for Mountain Tourism” – e.n.), in cooperation with the Bucharest University Economic Studies, and the presentation of two movies, a Romanian one and a movie signed by a foreign director. We mention that on March 2, those who will be present at the Reduta Cultural Center in Brasov will meet a personality of the world climbing. This is Victor Saunders, a mountain guide and writer known all over the world, a special guest of this year’s edition of the festival. A former architect and mountain guide since 1996, member of the French union and resident of Les Houches, at the foot of Mont Blanc, the Scottish climber Victor Saunders led, in the ‘80s, a select contingent that brought the alpine style to Himalaya. Probably the most known of his dozens of climbing is the climbing of the Golden Pilar, of the Spantik peak, in Karakoram, performed in 1987 with Mick Fowler.
On Saturday, March 3, the events are scheduled to take place in Busteni. Thus, the “Aurel Stroe” Cultural Center in the locality will screen a movie about a Romanian expedition in Aconcagua, as well as Gala Alpinismului (the Climbing Gala – e.n.). The Cantacuzino Castle will host a book presentation.
Also, as announced by the organizers of the festival, the movie of the expedition performed in Cerro Torre by the climbers Vlad Capusan and Zsolt Torok will be presented for the first time on March 3 at Busteni, at the Aurel Stroe Cultural Center. A lot of work has been invested in this production, and the two adventurers will meet the audience in Busteni to speak about their performance. Alpin Film Festival will end on Sunday, March 4, on the slope, in the context in which two competitions are scheduled to take place at Predeal, on the Clabucet slope – the first one is the sky touring competition, followed by another one, namely the Ski School Cup. Last but not least, Forona – the Organization of the Nature Photographers in Romania – invites those who love to catch the beautiful landscape by the camera to a new outdoor exhibition held within Alpin Film Festival. Thus, until March 13, the story of water, imagined by 14 nature photographers, can be discovered in Piata Sfatului from Brasov. The liquid on which life relies is presented at this exhibition in all its forms, from seas and oceans to rivers and waterfalls, from the delicate snowflakes to the strong glaciers; the exhibitors also offer a journey into the world of creatures that depend on the wet areas of the planet. This exhibition proposes a journey on five continents, in the attempt to understand the importance of water and the undeniable value that this amazing liquid has in supporting life. The exhibition consists of 40 large scale images (100×70 cm), mounted on special panels that are lit during the night.