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2007 awards

Dijon International Adventure Film Festival
« LES ECRANS DE L’AVENTURE »
Oct. 11th to 13th

TOISON D’OR FOR THE ADVENTURE FILM
CELEBRATION OF FLIGHT
Director: Lara Juliette Sanders
Producer: Lombardo Films
Germany - 52 minutes - 2006 - unpublished
The film is about the never-ending love for flying. And about a unique friendship between a 78 year old Swede and a 16 year old native boy from the Caribbean Sea. They share one desire for which they are willing to sacrifice everything: to develop and build their very own aircraft. With it, they are planning to participate at one of the world’s biggest air shows for air plane designers in the upcoming year. Their only goal is the success of their plan. For the boy, it is the beginning of all his dreams. For the old man, it is his very last dream.

JURY’S SPECIAL PRIZE
99 JOURS SUR LA GLACE (99 days on the ice)
Director: Jean-Gabriel Leynaud
Producers: Sombrero and Co, Voyage
Danemark-France - 52 minutes - 2007
Crossing the Arctic, depart from a bank of the ocean and reach the other bank 2 000 km away within 100 days is the longest and the most difficult polar trek. It is also the dream of Bettina Aller and Jean-Gabriel Leynaud who first met in the North pole , skied together to the same pole two years ago and want to continue their travel on the pack from Siberia to Canada.

JEAN-MARC BOIVIN PRIZE
This prize is an award for the authenticity of an adventure. It was remitted in presence of Francoise Boivin, wife of the late French climber Jean-Marc Boivin.
For the film HORS DU TEMPS (Out of time)
Director: Florence Tran
Producers: Zed, Arte
France - 52 minutes - 2006

In 1962, Michel Siffre had been living for 2 months deep in the bottom of a sinkhole without any temporal reference. His experiment revealed the existence of a biological clock which gave birth to a new science : chronobiology. He accepts to return to the same sinkhole and explains how isolation and absence of temporal references influence man’s body cycles and mental equilibrium.

YOUNG DIRECTOR PRIZE
DANS LES PAS DE PAUL-EMILE VICTOR, L’AVENTURE POLAIRE
(On the Paul-Emile Victor’s route, the polar adventure)
Director: Stéphane Dugast
Producers: Méchant Loup Production, Voyage
France - 52 minutes - 2007 - unpublished
Stéphane Victor, the son of French explorer Paul-Emile Victor, goes off to explore the oriental coast of Greenland. He intends to reach the Kangerlussuatsiaq hut where, 70 years ago, his father had overwintered. Sharing the daily life of the last nomadic hunters, Stéphane Victor, immerse himself into the Inuit society and tries to find witnesses of his father’s experiment.

JURY’S SPECIAL MENTIONS for the sequences picturing a naturalist adventure:

SEARCHING FOR THE COAST WOLVES
Director: Richard Matthews
Producer: ZDF German TV
Germany - 52 minutes - 2006 - unpublished
This is a story of one woman’s passion for wolves. Gudrun Pflueger is an ex world champion cross country skier and long distance runner. For the last six years she has been studying wolves in the wild of Canada collecting field data, hair, droppings and other evidence for use in scientific projects on wolves. In this film we follow as she goes in search of the coast wolves of British Columbia. The five week expedition is set to be Gudrun’s most memorable encounter with wolves ever.

JURY’S SPECIAL MENTIONS for the narrative quality of a scientific adventure:
LES MYSTERES DE KYYS LA CHAMANE (The mistery of Kyys, the chamen girl)
Director: Marc Jampolsky
Producers: Gédéon Programmes, Arte
France - 52 minutes - 2007 - unpublished
In July, 2006, Scientist Eric Crubezy, makes a wonderful discovery in Siberia. In the Yakoutia frozen ground, he uncovers an ancient burial place with the body of a woman, lying in a coffin surrounded with offerings. This specialist of Siberian peoples is totally positive : the woman is a shamen. An archeo-ethnological thriller starts...

DIJON YOUNG JURY’S PRIZE
Sponsored by Dijon’s Privat bookshop, and awarded by 8 pupils of a Dijon primary school:
CELEBRATION OF FLIGHT
Director: Lara Juliette Sanders
Producer: Lombardo Films
Germany - 52 minutes - 2006 - unpublished
(See summary of the Toison d’Or for the Adventure Film).

TOISON D’OR FOR THE ADVENTURER OF THE YEAR
Awarded by Hubert de Chevigny, President of the Guilde Europeenne du Raid to the six young ship’s children: Tugdual, Nolwenn, Loïcia, Soeziq, Corentine and Meriadec and their parents, Cécile and Olivier de la Rochefoucauld - for their two year around-the-world sailing aboard Atao.
The film of their adventure: “Les enfants du large” directed by Véronique Veber was competing.

PETER BIRD’S TROPHY
Endowed by SPB and created in 1987, the trophy rewards perseverance and tenacity in adventure.
It was posthumously attributed to climber JEAN-CHRISTOPHE LAFAILLE and handed over to his widow Katia.

« Jean-Christophe Lafaille, disappeared during the winter of 2006 on Mount Makalu at the age of 40.
Beyond the difference between the mountains where Jean-Christophe expressed his talents and the oceans, the elective field of Peter, a deep link exists between the two men. The field is of little importance when celebrating the spirit of adventure. The History of tenacity and courage can be just as well written on an Himalayan summit as in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
Both Peter and Jean-Christophe lived in the company of danger. Both took risks they had accepted and of which they knew the verdict. Both had beforehand accepted that they might have to pay one day the price of the life they had chosen.
The one who gave his name to the Trophy left his wake in the ocean, the one who receives the Trophy this year left his print in the mountain. Both leave in our hearts and minds an unfading imprint of which this prize is the symbol. »
(Sylvain Tesson).

ALAIN BOMBARD PRIZE
The prize was created in 2002. It rewards an exceptional adventure with an educational dimension. It was attributed to speleologist MICHEL SIFFRE.
In 1962, Michel Siffre had been living for 2 months deep in the bottom of a sinkhole without any temporal reference. His experiment revealed the existence of a biological clock which gave birth to a new science : chronobiologie.

TOISON D’OR FOR THE ADVENTURE BOOK (distinction for the best adventure book of the year)
The 2007 Toison d’Or of the Adventure Book was awarded to: LES PEUPLES OUBLIES DU TIBET
A book by Constantin de Slizewicz published by Editions Perrin
The jury has rewarded a very well documented book about Tibet: following in the footsteps of the catholic missionaries of the past century, Constantin de Slizewicz met with ethnical and religious minorities. His work reveals a surprising and untamed face of Tibet where Catholics and Buddhists get along together.