Film and TV

Mountainfilm in Telluride announces 2012 award winners

Mountainfilm in Telluride closed out its 34th annual festival on Monday with an awards ceremony in Telluride's Town Park, recognizing six films for various prizes and naming the nonprofit organization Peaceful Uprising as winner of the 2012 Moving Mountains Prize. The award -- and $12,000 -- goes to a nonprofit featured in a film at the festival; Bidder 70, a movie by Telluride-based directors Beth Gage and George Gage, focused on Peaceful Uprising.

Here's a look at the other winning films, with photos, video trailers, or links to trailers where available:

The 2012 Festival Director's Award went to Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, Alison Klayman's doccumentary about the Chinese artist.

The 2012 Audience Award, chosen via secret ballot by attendees at the closing picnic and awards ceremony, went to Right to Play, Frank Marshall's documentary about former Norwegian speed-skating legend Johann Olav Koss and Right to Play International, the global organization he established "to improve the lives of children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world by using the power of sport and play for development, health, and peace."

The Norman Vaughan Indomitable Spirit Award, named for the polar explorer and longtime Mountainfilm supporter whose motto was "Dream big and dare to fail," went to two films: Chasing Ice, Jeff Orlowski's documentary about photographer James Balog and the Extreme Ice Survey's efforts to document the disappearance of glaciers around the world, and Fambul Tok, Sara Terry's documentary about reconciliation efforts in the wake of decades of human rights atrocities in Sierra Leone.

The 2012 Charlie Fowler Award, named for the Telluride-based alpinist and recognizing the year's best mountaineering or climbing film, went to Ice Revolution, Josh Lowell's thirteen-minute short set at Helmcken Falls, British Columbia, and featuring climbers Will Gadd and Tim Emmett.

The 2012 Cinematography Award, sponsored by Felt Soul Media, went to Sherpas Cinema directors Eric Crosland and Dave Mossop for JP Auclair's street segment in the ski film All.I.Can.

These and other films from the festival will be screened at MountainSummit: Mountainfilm in Aspen, which runs August 23-26 at the Wheeler Opera House, and during the Mountainfilm World Tour (schedule TBA).

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Colin Bane
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