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HISTORY OF IMFF


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In 1980 a pilot meeting of climbers took place in Teplice nad Metují. Not any body was allowed to travel abroad in those times therefore experience and experiences from foreign mountains were very precious. The main organiser of the event, Miroslav Šmíd, a climber of Police nad Metuji, invited his fellows climbers who screened their films, presented their slides, and shared their experience from the mountains. In those times gatherings of the kind were an uncommon thing and undesired by the state power. The event was watched closely by the police. Eventually, it was a success and so popular with the visitors that it grew into a tradition. The anniversary year of the Mountaineering Film Festival was in 1981.

The revolutionary events of 1989 brought about new situations to deal with thus after the tenth anniversary the tradition was broken. A bunch of Šmíd’s friends decided to revive the festival after climber’s tragic death on Lost Arrow in 1993. The festival was directed by Tomáš Čada and supported by Radek Myška, who was the Mayor of Teplice nad Metují then, by involving the municipality in organisation of the festival to great extent.