2020

TRAVEL FilmFest 2020

October 21, 2020

Paulo Wenceslao “Our Morocco” (USA) 3:07

This country is extraordinarily unique and exotic, but it certainly wasn’t an easy travel. Spending nearly 30 hours in a jeep and 15 hours in a train takes a toll, but along the way we saw some of the most beautiful, jaw-dropping landscapes and the wide array of peoples and cultures.

Arek Sowula “A Rider’s Dream — Japan” (Australia) 7:48

From traditional palaces and temples to egaming, splendour of a Kyoto geisha dance to the spare beauty of a Zen rock garden, there were endless surprises around every corner.

Dennis Schmelz “Clueso – Wie Versprochen” (Germany) 3:46

One of the highlights was the filming on the mighty Seceda rock face and the probably most famous Instagram spot: The Braies Lake.

Andy Klossner “Love your city – Pro Innerstadt Basel” (Switzerland) 2:24

Eva’s emotional journey through the famous but also through the hidden places of Basel.

Svetlana Trébulle “The She-Wolf” (France) 22:44

25-years-old Victor has always been fascinated by “The She-Wolf”, a girl character from a bedtime story. After the attack of a wolf that caused several deaths, he returns to his childhood hometown in Russia, when he reads about people telling they saw a young girl walking by the animal’s side.

Dominique Snyers “Loic and the Flolopapys” (Belgium) 45:57

Twenty two year old Loic has become a passionate climber after having received his first pair of climbing shoes at age six. Together with Florian, Pablo and Pierre, they form the inseparable “Flolopapys”, bringing their energy and good vibes to the farthest reaches of the climbing world.

Raquel Oliveira Martins “Esta Pessoa em São Pedro de Moel” (Portugal) 3:25

The beautiful beach of São Pedro de Moel, in the center of Portugal, really sounds like life itself. This is the love story of travel blogger “Esta Pessoa” – meaning This Particular Person – with one of her favourite places on the planet.

Roman Droux “Bear – Like” (Switzerland) 01:31:52

At the far end of the Alaskan peninsula, for filmmaker Roman Droux a childhood dream comes true. He discovers together with the bear researcher David Bittner the universe of wild grizzlies.
The two adventurists face bears at smelling-distance, experience the struggle for survival of a bear family and witness dramatic fighting scenes.
Driven by a desire to explore the unknown the film tells a personal story of wilderness, framed in breathtaking pictures of unique creatures.

Dennis Ho “Have Camera, Will Travel – Thailand” (United States) 7:05

A travelog of four guys embarking on a 10 day trip to three cities in Thailand.

Jakob Carlsen “Digging Deep” (Denmark) 48:20

Danish photographer Jakob Carlsen seeks out the most lonely battles on his mountain bike, to experience the adventure and satisfaction of battling through 1,250 kilometers of mountain ranges, deserts, forests and wilderness – completely alone. For him, loneliness is an intense free space – and sometimes the most tranquil place in his life.

Dennis Mirza “Mum, I’m fine! – A 5 Year Travel Love Story” (Germany) 20:38

This is direct Point of View Travel Film about a Millennial who proves as nothing else but a product of his time. (Ah yeah, and it’s a love story)

October 22, 2020 From 16.00 till 20.00 GMT (UTC+0)

Craig Melville “Unexpected Journeys” (USA) 22:00

In this three-part travel series Singaporean Comedian, Rishi Budhrani, visits some unexpected places – like Dull, Boring and Bland (yes, these are real places in Scotland, Oregon USA and Australia.) Along the way he goes on adventures with the locals and returns the favor – taking a few lucky people on a surprise trip to Singapore.

Kirill Neiezhmakov “Magical Places in Lisbon. Timelapse & Hyperlapse” (Ukraine) 4:53

Examining carefully the duck after this they think whether it really traveled around Lisbon or they just got carried away by watching the video and fantasized everything.

Steve Storey “Chasing Shadows” (Canada) 5:03

The way of staying curious, living young & never growing up: “To live, will be an awfully big adventure”. The pursuit of light often puts us in awe-inspiring places at the most beautiful time of day when your shadow is long and it dances along the trail. It only seemed fitting to put these Pan-esque moments together as one epic point of view shadow-chasing mountain bike ride around the world.

Maxime Lamontagne “Far far away” (Canada) 22:00

Follow comedian Rolly Assal in his adventures, as he explores the most striking parts of the world. In short videos, he discovers with curiosity and frankness places around the globe that will make you travel far far away!

Mark van Wijk “Oceans Without Limits” (South Africa) 01:30:00

Embark on a voyage of discovery into the Western Indian Ocean and find out how plastic pollution is impacting this tropical paradise. “Oceans Without Limits” is an epic and cinematic oceanic adventure with an element of science.

Brandon Li “The Passion of Andalucía” (USA) 8:39

A fast-paced ride through the culture of Andalucía, Spain.

João Pedro Viegas “Destino Alentejo” (Portugal) 4:05

One of the most fascinating places in Portugal is without a doubt the Alentejo region. A land with fabulous contrasts, from the interior to the shoreline, a land of colour and richness with postal card sceneries, delicious food, welcoming people, historic cities and villages, and Castles that trigger the imagination of times long, long passed …

Franziska Link “Me and the Sea” (Australia) 9:50

‘Me and the Sea’ documents my journey into the depth of the ocean as a novice free diver. Wrecks and dangerous underwater caves cannot stop me from finding my inner freedom deep below sea level.

Sean Whitaker “Buddha of the Chadar” (United Kingdom) 27:53

A father and son from the Indian Himalayas embark on a winter pilgrimage along an ancient way to deliver a heavy bronze Buddha statue to a remote mountain monastery. They follow a route called the Chadar along the frozen surface of the River Zanskar and through its deep gorges. The film is a celebration of the Chadar and an affirmation of the Buddhist faith, as well as an historical record of this ancient way, soon to be rendered obsolete by regional road-building schemes.

Christopher Paetkau, Trevor Gill “Make Me A Polar Bear Guide” (Canada) 52:00

Chris and Trevor are rocketing toward a midlife crisis, but they have a plan. Instead of convertibles and divorces, these two buddies from community college try to make something of themselves as… polar bear guides.

October 23, 2020

Simon Straetker, Milo Zanecchia “Wild Drmitor” (Germany) 5:43

We glimpse the rugged peaks of the Dinaric Alps the sharp curves of the river canyons, the icy waters of the park’s 18 glacial lakes, and the wildlife that calls this place home. This is nature in its purest form: lush, dramatic, and wild. Mladin tells us why he is so drawn to this remarkable place and shares a heartfelt plea to his fellow Montenegrans, Europeans, and humans to remember the millions of years necessary to create places like Durmitor.

Harry Bozino “Avannaq – A journey through Greenland” (France) 3:03

Travel through glaciers, ice and sea and discover the amazing landscapes of Greenland with this short independent travel video.

Christian Ghamachi “Hailing from Saudi” (Lebanon) 2:11

A 2 minute Hero film about the city of Hail in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, shot late 2019, early 2020 during the Hail Season, which is one of the big events to promote the new face of Saudi, within the 2030 Vision.

Mehmet Tanrisever “Once Upon A Judgment Day” (Turkey) 01:48:33

Arife, who once lived in rural areas of Anatolia, make a living by telling stories to people at weddings, and her husband Dancer Civan, who entertained people by dancing in the same environments, suddenly has a heart attack while walking on mountainous terrain to catch a wedding. Witnessing the death of her husband in a cave, Arife remains helpless with the arrival of 3 bandits in the stories she constantly tells, hides herself in the cave. 3 bandits see Civan’s dead body. The bandits, who are suddenly irritated by the advent of Arife, draw guns to kill Arife. However, when Arife begins to tell the stories of 3 bandits with a mysterious, dramatic and unusual speech style, the bandits lower their weapons and listen to the stories of Arife with curiosity until the sunrise. The pain, troubles and secrets of the bandits have been fully revealed. Now the bandits will make a decision. Either by killing Arife, they will bury their secrets with her, or they will repent and leave their land.

Alexyn Scheller “South of Everything: A Journey to Antarctica” (USA) 42:00

Join the wonder of exploring the seventh continent of the world. In this journey, we show how to get to Antarctica and the magic of exploration of the great white pedestal on the bottom of earth. (P.S. There is going to be a lot of penguins)

Laurence Hills “Nine Mountains” (United Kingdom) 43:21

The journey of two cyclists (Leo Russell & George Stagg) on a mission to climb the 9 most challenging and notorious mountains in Europe. From Austria To Spain, Nine Mountains is an adventure of brutality and beauty exploring the limits of the mind and body in support of men’s mental health.

Victoria Dorozhko “Elefantentreffen 2020. Liquid rally. Heat and dirt.” (Russian Federation) 15:13

A winter motorcycle festival in Solla-Thurmansbang, Bavaria. Wet, wild and with a twinkle. It was my first treffen but not the last.

Jean Charles Antunes “The colours of Mayo” (France) 9:42

Video directed with the association Street Art Sans Frontières for the Mayo project 2020 in Ivory Coast.

Andras Csapo, Andras Matai “Giant Slaves – Elephants in tourism industry” (Hungary) 46:20

In Southeast Asia the elephant tourism is booming. Elephant shows, elephant ridings, ethical elephant parks… everyone has their choice. But do we choose the right thing?

Jacob Kupferman “Nubivagant” (United States) 15:22

In the summer of 2018, an American climbing team completed a free ascent of the Pico Cão Grande tower in São Tomé & Principe. The trip was documented through photos and video.

Kirill Kislyakov “Lead screws” (Ukraine) 2:50

A three-minute walk in rainy and damp Venice, accompanied by the oncoming rhythm, as though oncoming waves beneath a vaporetto. Don’t be afraid to get lost in the misty maze of streets and faces. Let it be days of forms of thanksgiving.

October 24, 2020 From

Melinda Holbein-Loeffler “Time Will Tell” (United States) 5:00

Time Will Tell’ from Scott Clay, which features a strong rhythm, instrumental layers and the beautiful, open landscapes of his home state of Washington. The video is visually stunning and reflects Clay’s love for the outdoors and his desire to find peace and connect with the natural world.

Joe Hoster, Edouard Lichtenauer “Hi-Wheel” (Switzerland) 3:21

Discovery of an unusual victorian passion in modern London.

David Vasques “I’m from Principe” (Portugal) 3:30

Principe Island, by the eyes of a little prince.

Rob Whitworth “An Ode to Arezzo in Flow Motion” (Italy) 1:48

The little Tuscan town of Arezzo is everything the world wants Italy to be: ancient grandeur, natural abundance and high culture, basking in the sun and brimming with passion.

Aris Katsigiannis “Dreams Can’t Be Qarantined” (Greece) 4:30

Please remember this: We are all afraid, confused and we are all dealing with this crisis in our own way. But there is one thing that is for sure. Our dreams cannot be quarantined. We are all in this together. Stay positive, united, safe and better days will return!

Philip Lee Harvey “Trying To Stay Light” (United Kingdom) 1:41

The film explores lightness and darkness, literal and metaphorical – the elongated light regime of the polar regions, and the darkness of its disruption due to anthropogenic climate change. The film presents the viewer with moments of suspension and reconsideration, just as the response to Covid-19 has required this of us as societies, offering an oblique comment on the connections between the Arctic, climate change and our present predicament.

Ida Vincent “Once In A Blue Moon” (United States) 4:41

Once in a Blue Moon is a short documentary film that follows a small group of women who go to Madagascar on a marine conservation expedition. The goal of the trip is to survey the health of the coral reefs while escaping from everyday life as women and mothers. By the journeys end, it’s not just the spirit of sisterhood and the new knowledge and skills learned that make lasting impressions, but even more so the rich local culture.

Émile Dontigny “Welcome to Nain” (Canada) 24:23

In the spring of 2019, a team of 4 friends set off for a trip to the heart of the Inuit-owned territory of Nunatsiavut in the canadian province Newfoundland and Labrador. Immerse yourself in a journey where the meeting with local culture is mixed with first ski descents throughout deep canyons and rugged coastal ranges.

Joel Cartier “Home Is A Feeling” (Mexico) 2:09

Home is a Feeling was an Imagefilm for a Community in Mexico.

Dylan Dickerson “Papua New Guinea | The Last Frontier” (United States) 4:25

A cultural travel film of one of the most undiscovered nation’s on earth, Papua New Guinea

Nuno Barbosa “creatour.pt – creative tourism in Portugal” (Portugal) 38:23

This documentary presents the story of CREATOUR, a multidisciplinary research-action project (2016-2020) to foster the development of creative and sustainable tourism practices in small cities and rural areas throughout Portugal. Within CREATOUR a network of cultural and tourism practitioners was forged, embodying the dream of local revitalization through small-scale and community-based creative tourism practices all over the country. To experience these initiatives first-hand we travelled from North to South of Portugal visiting their creative tourism projects. It was a beautiful and touching journey!

Autie Carlisle “Eight Countries” (United States) 36:00

Flowing from one visual into the next, the observer travels between eight countries with a dream-like syntax. Highlighting the similarities and contrasts between strangers, places, and activities with a subtle focus on grandfathers.

Iara Lee “Stalking Chernobyl: exploration after apocalypse” (United States) 56:58

Three decades after the world’s most infamous nuclear disaster, illegal hiking adventurers (known as “stalkers”), extreme sports afficionados, artists, and tour companies have begun to explore anew the mysterious, ghostly landscape, where trees and forest animals have reclaimed land abandoned by villagers. Even as survivors continue to reckon with a dishonest government’s attempts to cover up the extent of the disaster, and as humanity faces new nuclear incidents in place like Fukushima, the Chernobyl site has turned into a bizarre tourist attraction, drawing seekers with a taste for the post-apocalyptic.