The final day of Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (KIMFF) 2013 ended with the award ceremony and special screening of 'The epic of Everest', a film by Captain John Noel. Newly restored by the British Film Institute National Archive, ‘The Epic of Everest’ is the official film record of the legendary 1924 Everest expedition which culminated in the deaths of two of the finest climbers of their generation, George Mallory and Andrew Irvine, and sparked an on-going debate over whether or not they did indeed reach the summit. The film’s release coincides with the 60th anniversary of the final conquest of Everest in 1953 by Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.
In the Nepal Panorama section, Indreni Khojdai Jaanda (Chasing Rainbows), directed by Sahara Sharma was awarded for best fiction film (NRS. 25,000 sponsored be Film Development Board of Nepal) and Playing With Naan, directed by Dipesh Kharel and Asami Saito was awarded for best non-fiction film (NRS. 25,000 sponsored by Himal Association).
In the international section, No Hau Lugar Lejano ( No place is far away), directed by Michelle Ibavan won the 1st prize (US dollar 1500 sponsored by the Nepal Mountaineering Association), Erhard Loretan Breathing the small of the sky-, directed by Benoit Aymon won the 2nd prize (USD 1000 sponsored by Trekking Agents Association of Nepal) and Helicopter Rescuer in the Hmalaya, a film by Frank Senn and Hari Thapa won the 3rd prize (USD 500 sponsored by Lumbini Peace Marathon).
86 CENTIMETRES, directed by Tshering Gyelsthen won "Best ICIMOD Mountain Film Award" a cash prize of USD 1000 to mark the 30th anniversary of ICIMOD and to support filmmakers from its member countries Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Myanmar, Nepal, and Pakistan. Kamalhari, Nepal’s Stolen Childhood directed by Chistoph Schwaiger won the KIMFF 2013Audience Award.
The five days long festival saw a huge number of audience, artists, filmmakers and film enthusiasts attend the screenings, interactive discussions, and exhibitions. Forty seven films from 20 countries were screened during the festival.
The last day of the festival featured several films and a panel discussion on Journalistic challenges in promoting mountain tourism and development. Stephen Goodwin, Editor of the UK based Alpine Journal; the oldest mountaineering journal in the world moderated the panel discussion which included panelists Gerda Maria Pauler, German travel writer, Narayan Wagle, Nepali traveler and author, and, Mohan Mainali, development journalist and author of "Uppalo Thalo".