Scene from the film Stick Climbing
Scene from the film Stick Climbing
Scene from the film Stick Climbing
Scene from the film Stick Climbing
Scene from the film Stick Climbing
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Stick Climbing

  • Austria
  • Switzerland

A contemplative walk leads to a bizarre climbing tour. The camera that has just panned over everyday village life now homes in on a construction of wooden slats to then follow a breakneck route up a vertical rock face. From the perspective of the invisible climber, we experience a seemingly impossible ascent while hearing his breath growing heavier and heavier with every move. Having reached the top, the camera roams one more time over the point of departure – the village now in the distance, only a few exciting minutes of film and a tangible eternity away below the rock face. (Robert Buchschwenter)


  • Original Title
    Stick Climbing
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Daniel Zimmermann
  • Cinematography
    Raoul Schmitz, Bernhard Braunstein, Andreas Hasenöhrl, Harald Höllwöger, Anderes Kreimeier
  • Editing
    Bernhard Braunstein
  • Sound
    Daniel Fritz, Bernhard Braunstein
  • Runtime
    14 min (1-15 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Austria
    • Switzerland
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Festivals
    • Solothurn Filmtage
    • Berlinale
    • Montagne-Esplorazione-Avventura Film Festival Trento
    • Diagonale Graz
    • WRO-International Media Art Biennale Wroclaw
    • VIS Vienna Independent Shorts
    • Kaunas Int. Film Festival
    • UnderDox, Festival für Dokument und Experiment München
    • Cortopotere Int. Film Festival Bergamo
    • Cork International Film Festival
    • Festival Int. du Court Métrage Namur
    • Encounters Short Film Festival Bristol
    • Istanbul Int. Short Film Festival
    • Festival of European Film Ankara
    • Cucalorus Annual Festival of Independent Film Wilmington
    • New Zealand Int. Film festival
    • Sarajevo Int. Film Festival
    • TIE International Cinema Exposition Lincoln
    • FIDMarseille International Film Festival
    • Sundance Film Festival
    • Regensburg Kurzfilmwoche
    • Cyrus Int. Short Film Festival Limassol
  • Awards
    • Winterthur Kurzfilmtage - Best Swiss film
    • Semana de Cine Experimental Madrid - Special Mention Photography is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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