This year, Autrans is hosting the 26th edition of the International Mountain Film Festival Dec. 2-6. The event, held in a small village in the Vercors mountains, brings together the best in mountain films.

These films highlight the beauty of mountains from around the world with productions from Australia, Canada, eastern European countries, China, and other far off horizons. Documentaries and fictional works will take their place once again at the heart of the festival. For the first time ever, animation films will also be on the programme.

Because France is celebrating the Season of Turkey in France from July 2009 to March 2010, this country of 1001 delights will be the guest of honor, notably with the showing of Derman by exceptional Turkish director Serif Goren. Several other films from the growing Turkish film industry will be shown to allow viewers to discover this country's cinematographic talent.

The French Federation of Alpine and Mountain Clubs, co-organisers of the festival, will be on hand Friday evening to share their impressions of this ancient country so rich in spectacular landscapes. Alpinists, skiers, hikers, and other mountain enthusiasts, both French and Turkish, will talk about their unforgettable experiences in the land of Mount Ararat.

The entire village takes part in the festivities, also hosting meetings with mountain authors, the Festitrail convivial foot race, a round table discussion on Nordic landscapes and biodiversity, as well as a "first production" night where young producers can show off their work and maybe be lucky enough to get noticed.

There is also a fringe festival, "The Reels of the Extreme," that showcases young producers from the Vercors region and should hold many surprises for their 6th edition.

Entrance to each showing is €6, except the "first production" evening which costs €3. Discounts are available for students and job seekers. There is also a two showing pass for €10 and an festival pass for €38.

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