Jury

Claudia Kühle (Germany) is a broadcast editor at ARD Mittagsmagazin, a newscast on German public television. Her features deal with various fields, but focus mainly on science and nature. As a sociologist, she also engages in scientifical film and TV analysis; her thesis about the transformation of expert cultures in German television was published in 2008, and she completed her journalistic qualifications with a postgraduate degree. One of the few things exceeding Claudia's fascination with film is her passion for alpine sports. She was born in Munich, where she still lives, with the mountains just a short drive away. She works part-time as a climbing instructor for the German Alpine Association and for various private companies. In her spare time, you’ll be most likely to find Claudia on the rocks.

Matjaž Jeran lives in Radovljica, halfway between his beloved Julian Alps and the Ljubljana Climbing Centre. He started climbing on artificial walls more than twenty years ago and has since competed at numerous international sport-climbing events. In the last decade, however, he shifted his focus to climbing in the Alps and on various expeditions. He was the first Slovenian to free climb Freerider on El Capitan; he also succeeded in making the first alpine-style free ascent of Trango Tower in 2006. He’s worked as a climbing instructor and a trainer, and has recently co-founded the Ljubljana Climbing Centre, where he now works as the director. A father of two, who’s also finishing his training to become a mountain guide, spends most of his free time with friends and family out in the nature.

Matthias Aberer (Austria) works in different domains all connected to the outdoors. As a cameraman he’s filmed in the Dolomites, the Dachstein south face and the glaciers of Pakistan. He’s produced several films featuring base jumping, paragliding, slacklining and skiing. He’s written articles for mountain magazines on topics such as climbing in Oman, paragliding in Kyrgyzstan and caving in Styria. Since 2009, he’s been a member of the organizing team of Mountain Film Graz, the biggest mountain film festival in German speaking countries. After already visiting Pakistan before, he returned in 2013 with a small expedition team to cover 158km on the glacial plateaus of the northern Karakoram on skis. Along the way, the team managed to realize two first ascents near the Chinese border. In 2014, his daughter was born and he is more than happy to share his passion for nature with her.

Mojca Volkar Trobevšek is an expert in comparative linguistics who works as a freelance author, screenwriter, editor and proofreader. An organizer and host of numerous cultural events mostly dealing with mountains and the people connected with them, she’s also researched the metaphorical significance of mountains in modern Slovenian mountain literature, the names of Slovenian mountains, and the names of climbing routes throughout the world. She regularly contributes articles for various publications as well as being actively involved in the organization of the International Mountain Film Festival Domžale since 2008. A wife and mother of two sons, aged one and four, she’s also a certified hiking guide and ski instructor who loves to be out in the mountains.

Sudarson Karki (Nepal) is an avid birder and a keen photographer of garden birds. He is the chairman of the education project “Namaste Banepa”, president of the Rain Water Harvesting Foundation, founder and president of the Nepal Photographic Society, founder and executive member of the environmental project “Friends of the Bagmati”, and active member of the Nepal Mountaineering Association. He is the founder of Himal Film Festival, Film South Asia, Mountain Film Festival and Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival. Numerous film festivals in Nepal are organized by him, such as the Mountain Film Festival Pokhara, Children’s Film Festival and American Film Festival in various parts of Nepal, and many others.