Founded in 1952, Trento Film Festival is the oldest international film festival dedicated to the mountains, adventure and exploration. The Trento festival has represented the point of reference on these subjects for almost 70 years, over time transforming itself into a genuine testing ground for visions and ideas on the highest lands on earth, embracing an ever-increasing range of interests, including environmental and cultural issues and current affairs, making the festival environment and programme even more varied and stimulating.
Every year, Trento Film Festival presents the best documentaries, fiction works and short films set in the mountains and extreme areas around the world, recounting the fascinating and complex relationship between man and nature, promoting knowledge and protection of mountain areas, exploring links with peoples and cultures and celebrating major and minor climbing feats and mountain sports.
During the festival the city of Trento is transformed into the international capital of the mountains, acting as a meeting place for producers, directors, writers and climbers. From the beginning, climbing meetings have represented the jewel in the Festival’s crown and today the evening events, focusing on both past history and the present day, are an opportunity to meet the most important protagonists in international climbing. The “Quo Climbis” forum, a new format bringing together mountaineers from all over the world, devised by Reinhold Messner and taking place in the Messner Mountain Museum in Castel Firmiano in Bolzano, is directed specifically at experts in the field. The festival programme includes round tables, music and theatre performances, readings and nocturnal entertainment, the “Mountain Trades Park”, a programme of events for children and families and the Cinema programme TFFKids.
Since 1987 the MontagnaLibri fair, an international showcase dedicated to publishing on the subject of the mountains, has become one of the most popular and varied events at Trento Film Festival, presenting around a thousand books and a programme of daily events with wellknown and successful authors. Along with writers, the mountains have always inspired artists, who have represented them by making use of the different languages of art. The exhibitions presented during Trento Film Festival range from photography shows, to painting, sculpture and graphics, also exploring land art and video art or unusual and curious projects dedicated to games, comics and cartoons.