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).
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.