UMFF 2024. 9. 27 - 10. 1

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UMFF Forum

The Ulsan Ulju Mountain Film Festival (UMFF) presents “UMFF Forum” in an effort to focus more deeply on figures and issues related to mountaineering around the world, in addition to the previous expert lectures and conversations with the audience featured in “Talking in Nature”.  
As mountain film festivals are rooted in sharing what has been meticulously examined in the journeys of mountaineers through videos and photographs, UMFF aims to provide an arena where people can come together to enjoy lively discussions and debates on themes related to “Mountain”, “Nature”, and “Human”. 

 
The Silent Escape  Ticketing
  • Director
  • Oswald Rodrigo Pereira
  • Mountaineer
  • Bartek Ziemski

Literally, an insane challenge! The story of the most intense and astonishing expedition by a team from this year’s Guest Country, Poland. Anyone can talk the talk, but not walk the walk, in this project where the team scales two 8,000-meters in the Himalayas without supplemental oxygen, and then dares to ski them down, all in one season. 
 

Director Oswald Rodrigo Pereira
Polish director Oswald Rodrigo Pereira was born in Belgium in 1984, and is a cinematographer, director, and a high-altitude mountaineer. He began capturing mounting climbers on camera on his Polish K2 winter expedition in 2018, and has also participated in the Artur Hajzer Polish Winter Himalaism program. To summarize his achievements numerically, he has been on 6 mountain expeditions, accumulated 15 years of TV and film shooting experience, participated in 2 K2 winter expeditions, and successfully summited Broad Peak without supplemental oxygen. When not climbing, he enjoys ultramarathons, climbing, and reading.

Mountaineer Bartek Ziemski
The star of the film, Bartek Ziemski, is an astonishing young mountaineer who has already conquered four 8,000-meter peaks, two of which he scaled and skied down in one season. He was part of the Youth Team of the Polish Mountaineering Association and has already summited Lhotse (2018) and Laila Peak (2021). He has also succeeded in multiple ski descents from challenging routes such as the integral route on Puja Terray and various peaks in the Peruvian Andes (Vallunaraju, Artesonraju, Quitaraju, etc.). In 2022, he joined the Karakoram Beskid Expedition Team, where he successfully climbed and skied down Gasherbrum II and Broad Peak. His ski descent of Gasherbrum II is noted as the first ski descent from the peak.

  • Time
  •  Oct. 21(Sat) 10:30
  • Location
  • Alps Cinema 2
[Q&A]  Ticketing
  • Time
  • Oct. 22(Sun) 16:00
  • Location
  • Alps Cinema 1

* The October 22 (Sun) screening of “IC Films 4” will include To the Hills & Back and The Silent Escape. 

Chris Alstrin Lecture & Workshop  Ticketing
  • Professional mountain film cinematographer
  • Chris Alstrin

Chris Alstrin, born in Colorado, USA, is known to enjoy climbing whenever he gets a chance. His hobbies extended into his career, leading to his filming of various sports brand advertisements and mountain films. He is well-known for his role as the director of photography in Free Solo, a documentary produced by National Geographic, which captures the process of master free soloist climber Alex Honnold tackling a free solo climb in Yosemite National Park, as well as in Nirmal Purja’s 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible. 
Alstrin has also participated in the making of biographical films about ice climber Guy Lacelle and rock climber Tommy Caldwell (who is also the star of Dawn Wall, opening film of UMFF 2018). There are no limits to his cinematography, which spans from films about climbing the steep mountains of the Himalayas to those capturing the Namibian desert.
He is also a mountain film director who directed Wideboys (2013), an American big crack climbing adventure by British climbers. 
Currently, he continues his career as a director of photography. This will be your chance to hear from him directly – will he be making future directorial works, what preparations are needed in shooting mountain films, any episodes during the filmmaking? There will also be a workshop where you can receive feedback from Alstrin on your own filming. This will be a rare chance to meet him in person, as he resides in Colorado and is actively participating in various expeditions and cinematography.  
You can also meet him after the UMFF screenings of Transcendence and Reel Rock: Rayu, as well as rock climber Kyra Condie’s Olympic journey. 

  • Session 1 – Lectures 

Renowned director of photography Chris Alstrin talks about various stories and insights in the making of mountain films.

  • Session 2 – Cinematography Workshop 

Film and video major students, as well as individuals interested in filmmaking, will receive comments and feedback on clips they have filmed.

  • Time
  • Oct. 21(Sat) at 1:00PM
  • Location
  • Seminar Room
 
[Q&A]

Transcendence Ticketing

  • Time
  • Oct. 21(Sat) 19:00
  • Location
  • Alps Cinema 1

*Ephemeral, and Transcendence are screening together as IC Films 3.

Reel Rock: Rayu Ticketing

  • Time
  • Oct. 22(Sun) 16:00
  • Location
  • Alps Cinema 1

*Air Karakoram, and Reel Rock: Rayu are screening together as Mountain Films 1

PASANG: In the Shadow of Everest Ticketing
  • Producer
  • Dawa Futi Sherpa
  • Broadcaster
  • Sujan Shakya

Sherpa is a name that emerged in tandem with the history of Himalayan mountaineering. Since 1953, when Tenzing Norgay Sherpa accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary in the historic first ascent of Mount Everest, Sherpas have continued to make history in expeditions. In 2021, a feat once deemed nearly impossible, the winter ascent of K2, was achieved by a joint team of 10 Nepalese Sherpas. This successful climb put an end to the long-standing challenge of achieving winter ascents of all 14 eight-thousanders.
Pasang Lhamu Sherpa became the first Nepalese woman to climb Everest, at a time when expedition participation was dominated by male Sherpas. Born in 1961, her influence in Nepal was paramount. She was not only the first Nepalese woman to summit Everest, but also the first woman to receive the Nepal Tara (Star) from the King of Nepal, to have a highway and a strain of wheat be named after her, and have a statue erected in her honor. Sadly, she died in 1993, when a sudden weather change occurred during her descent from Everest.
PASANG: In the Shadow of Everest introduces her life and achievements while also providing an opportunity to understand the influence she exerted. One of those interviewed in the film was Pasang's daughter, Dawa Phuti Sherpa, and she will visit Korea to share her mother's story with the audience. Currently serving as the representative of the Pasang Lhamu Foundation and a former Nepal ambassador to Spain, Dawa Phuti Sherpa continues various activities for Nepal, following her mother's aspirations. She will be alongside Sujan Shakya, an active broadcaster and author in Korea, in this special venue to meet the women, Sherpas, and Pasang Lhamu Sherpa in film. 

 

 

  • Time
  • Oct. 21(Sat) 19:30
  • Location
  • Alps Cinema 2
The Journey of Kim Young-mi, a Bivouac girl  Ticketing
  • Mountaineer
  • Kim Young-mi

Kim Young-mi (THE NORTH FACE Athlete Team), the first Korean and Asian woman to attempt a solo, unassisted expedition to the South Pole, embarked on this adventure on November 27, 2022. After pulling a sled weighing over 100 kilograms and walking alone for a total of 1,185.5 kilometers across the Antarctic continent, she reached the South Pole on January 16, 2023, after 50 days, 11 hours, and 37 minutes.
Kim is an extraordinary mountaineer with remarkable achievements, including being the youngest Korean to conquer the highest peaks on all seven continents, making the first ascent of Amphu 1 in Nepal, and completing a 724km solo expedition of Lake Baikal in Siberia. She also has a long relationship with UMFF, having served as a jury member for the International Competition of UMFF 2020. 
How much training and what kind of preparations does she make to make such remarkable records? What are the similarities and differences in preparations for Lake Baikal versus for the South Pole? These are just some questions that Kim will address in our mountain film festival. Join, not simply a person labeled “first woman”, but the mountaineer Kim Young-mi as she shares her adventures. 

 

 

 

 

  • Time
  • Oct. 21(Sat) 16:00
  • Location
  • Seminar Room
Piolet d’Or recipients from Korea and Japan talk on living as Asian mountaineers  Ticketing
  • Mountaineers
  • Yamanoi Yasushi, Yamanoi Taeko, and Park Jeong-yong
  • Director of A Life of Climber
  • Takeishi Hiroaki

Yasushi Yamanoi is the first Asian to receive the Piolet d'Or Lifetime Achievement Award, an award given annually to mountaineers worldwide for outstanding climbing achievements over the past year. He began mountaineering at the age of 11 and started solo climbing during high school. Polish mountaineer Wojtech Kurtyka, who climbed K2 with him, described Yamanoi as a “true man of honor and a modern samurai.” In addition to climbing the big walls in North America, Yamanoi achieved solo ascents of the west face of Dru in 1987 and the Fitz Roy in 1990. He is noted for having opened a new solo route on the southwest face of Cho Oyu, solo climbing the east face of Kusum Kanguru, and climbing the east face of K2, mostly all without sponsorship or support.
He cultivates a vegetable garden with his life with his wife, Taeko, and shares his life with his best friend, life partner, and climbing partner. He shares their story in the film A Life of Climber and during this program. 
Director of A Life of Climber, Hiroaki Takeishi, will also join us in Ulju. His past works include Yasushi Yamanoi (2006) and Big Wall Challenge (2008). Having initially worked as a TBS broadcast journalist, later transitioning to program director and Rikkyo University’s mountaineering club director, Takeishi drew from his experience as a Himalayan climber to portray Yamanoi in the film more effectively.
We will also be joined by Park Jeong-yong, a mountaineer who was part of the 2017 Korean Way Gangapurna Expedition and was awarded the Piolets d’Or along with former Kim Chang-ho and Choi Seok-moon. The recognition was for having pioneered a new, speedy alpine-style route in the lesser known Gangapurna’s south face. Park has been involved in climbing since high school, and despite encountering injuries, he embarked on numerous high-altitude climbs. From the south face of Mount Lhotse to the Shipton Spire in Pakistan, the Himalayas in Nepal, Makalu, and Kongde, his journey culminated in the world's first successful ascent of the Goldum Peak this year.
These four mountaineers who have a pure love for alpinism and continue to climb just because they love the mountain, Park Jeong-yong, Yasushi Yamanoi, his wife, Taeko Yamanoi, and director Hiroaki Takeishi, will gather together for a talk that will be fascinating for anyone interested in climbing and alpinism.

 

  • Time
  • Oct. 22(Sun) 16:00
  • Location
  • Alps Cinema 3
[Q&A]  Ticketing

A Life of Climber

  • Time
  • Oct. 22(Sun) 13:30
  • Location
  • Alps Cinema 2
Ulsan Yeongnam Alps Mountain Forum

Using and protecting mountains in a sustainable direction is a task given to everyone who loves them. Near Ulsan, nine mountains of 1,000 meters above sea level rise one after another, and it is also called ‘Yeongnam Alps,’ and there is a beautiful mountainous area visited by many hikers for a long time. Various experts from academia and the field are invited to compare the status of mountain tourism in Korea, Asia, and the European Alps, and find out how to revitalize the Yeongnam Alps sustainably.

  • Time
  • Oct. 20(Fri) 14:00-18:00
  • Location
  • Ulsan Exhibition & Convention Center(UECO) Convention Hall
  • Presented by
  • Ulsan City
  • Organized by
  • Ulsan Culture & Tourism Foundation, Ulsan Research Institute, and Korea Society of Mountain Research