Elena Goatelli, Angel Esteban
Ruggero Arena, Kottomfilms
James Ballard, Tom Ballard
Val di Fassa, Camp Cassin, Scarpa
Country / Nationality
Our Judges say:
Nuanced documentary of an ambitious and private Alpinist.
Claire Carter Writer, Film Officer for Kendal Mountain Festival, 'Creative Consultant'.
Follow a family as Tom the son climbs though the winter
Ed Birch Director of Salt-Street productions
Tom lives with his father James on a campsite in the Dolomites, living off James’ small pension. Even though his mother, the great British alpinist Alison Hargreaves, died descending K2 when he was just six years old, Tom always wanted to be a climber. His whole life is dedicated to the mountains and his last goal is to climb solo the Six North Faces of the Alps in a single winter season. Nobody’s ever done it, and he wants to be the first. We knew Tom just a couple of weeks before he began his winter project. His personal story and his solo winter project deserved to be told, so together with Ruggero Arena, photographer and climber, we decided to begin shooting . Ruggero followed Tom to the base of the North Faces and the climbing part was filmed by Tom himself with his gopro. It was impossible to follow him and we didn’t want to re-film anything, everything had to be filmed in the right moment it was happening.