The 2022 Grand Prize has been awarded to Australian director Michael Dillon, in recognition of his lifetime’s work in the field of mountain film, which includes over a hundred outdoor film projects stretching over fifty years.

Highlights of his career include 25 years as Sir Edmund Hillary’s filmmaker, and his filming of three significant Australian Everest expeditions, including a never since repeated sea level to summit climb which he conceived and filmed. That film “Everest Sea to Summit” won eight Grand Prizes worldwide and is considered one of the greatest adventure films of all time.

This is the first time the IAMF Grand Prize has been won by someone from the Southern hemisphere, or from a country that is not a member of the International Alliance for Mountain Film and this is a due recognition to all those cinematographies which, although smaller than the North American or European ones in terms of number of productions, have played an equally important role in the history of mountain cinema.


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