Mountain Film Institute
Who's behind mntnfilm?
Mntnfilm is an initiative of the Mountain Film Institue, a private and independent organization created to promote mountain film culture and to preserve the history and legacy of mountain film productions; which show us a parallel evolution line both for cinematography and for mountaineering.
The activity of the Mountain Film Institute revolves around three essential and inalienable areas of work that are closely linked to each other: investigate, preserve, and communicate.
Writing the history of mountain cinema and being able to trace its evolution year after year requires hard research. Mountain film productions are usually too far from commercial circuits and from the minimal popularity or recognition that could ensure them transcend over the years. Much of the production, even the most recent one, is in danger of being forgotten as time goes by. To avoid this, a constant and almost obsessive search is essential, allowing us to identify and catalog as many films as possible, and to find even the rarest, oldest and least-known films.
From the historical and cultural point of view, the knowledge of the existence of a film is as important as keeping a copy that can be viewed. Art does not exist without artwork and literature without books. The preservation task that film libraries and film archives do around the world is fundamental. The Mountain Film Institute dedicates an important part of its resources to create and maintain a global film archive specialized on mountain films, which seeks to be the most extensive and complete in the world.
Culture is shared knowledge. The Mountain Film Institute's work only makes sense if it is to be shared and disclosed. MNTNFILM is the public platform that allows us to share all this knowledge and to connect with users and the community.
Mountain Film Institute is inspired by the vision of a simple man, an anonymous mountaineer who, driven by his interest in cinema, history of mountain climbing, and mountain adventures in literature, became a passionate mountain film collector. Over time and with great dedication, Josep Maria March Cabello put together a valuable collection of mountain films and became a reference for many enthusiasts. His film archive and the way in which he approached the world of mountain cinema were the first stone and the source of inspiration for this project.