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The biggest mountain festival in Poland
September 22, 2017   
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Alex Honnold
21 films, including 11 premieres, 1074 unforgettable minutes of screenings, 38 books and 60 amazing people with passion. 22nd Edition of the Andrzej Zawada Mountain Festival in Lądek-Zdrój combines mountain film screenings, presentations by Alex Honnold, Marko Prezelj, Alex Txikon, Adam Ondra, photo exhibitions and numerous cultural events.
This year's edition will be held between 21st and 24th September. Festival in Lądek is a unique opportunity for an annual joint meeting of the mountaineering community. The Festival is the time to get to know the history of extraordinary people for whom mountains are the greatest passion.
“When in 2011 I was offered the job of organising subsequent editions, I wanted it to be an important and inspiring event. To be a meeting place for people from all over the world who will discuss issues important for the mountaineering society, enjoy their own and their friends’ successes and simply have fun”, says Maciej Sokołowski, the organizer of the Festival.
Each year the number of Festival guests is bigger. This year, in addition to Polish speakers like Wojtek Kurtyka, Adam Bielecki, Krzysztof Wielicki, Tomasz Kobielski or Janusz Gołąb also foreign guests - Alex Honnold, Alex Txikon, Adam Ondra, Nicolas and Olivier Favresse and John Porter will talk about their love for mountain extreme sports.
The patron of the Festival is Andrzej Zawada, the most outstanding Polish mountaineer who died in 2000. His greatest achievements include reaching in winter the altitude of 7000 m during the ascent of Noshaq in Afghanistan and leading the 1980 Polish expedition to Mount Everest.
“Lądek is unique, inspired by the spirit of Zawada. It is important that this name unites generations”, says Krzysztof Wielicki, the fifth man in the world who summitted the Crown of the Himalayas and the Karakoram.
During the screenings of the films submitted for the contest 21 exceptional productions will be shown, which have one thing in common - mountains. 10 countries will be represented: Poland, Canada, the USA, Belgium, Argentina, Spain, Finland, Nepal, Great Britain and Slovakia.
They will be evaluated by the jury - enthusiasts of travelling and mountains: Piotr Pustelnik, Darek Załuski, Marek Arcimowicz and Marek Kłosowicz. In addition, there will be the world premiere of the Spanish document entitled: "Everest, un reto sobrehumano" about one of the best climbers in the world - Alex Txikon. For the first time will also be presented films like the Canadian winner of the Best Mountain Film at the Mountain Film Festival and the Best Show at the Dirtbag Festival "At What Price" in which John Price - a professional climbing and outdoor photographer explores the myth of "the perfect life", or "the Last Honey Hunter" - a story about the Kulung people of the Nepal’s Hongu Valley and their rite of honey harvesting.
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