Mount St.Elias


Trento Film Festival (ITA)
"Three hardcore extreme skiers throw themselves from Alaska’s Mount St. Elias (5489 m). The film includes breathtaking shots of skiing on avalanches, sheer slopes, and death-defying leaps.
The director’s perfect technique places us at the centre of the action and affords moments of pure magic."

Byron Bay International Film Festival (AUS)
“Everyone loved your film – a real stand-out of the festival.”

Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival (NEP)
“A visually stunning film. Dramatic and a departure point from the typical mountain climbing films we generally see.”

Michael S. Marolt, Legendary Ski Alpinist (USA)
"Freaking GREAT film!!! I don’t understand a lick of German and I was glued for the entire film!! Can’t wait to get the English version. Having been on that route, I found the film and the accomplishment to be one of the greatest mountaineering feats of all time. It is so freaking cold, big, fucking harry, I was blown away watching!! You guys really did a great job on that Axel. Great accomplishment. And congrats on winning at Taos and Graz!! No other film was even close."

Byron Bay International Film Festival (AUS)
“Your film is standing out as a favorite with all of our screening team. Thanks so much for sending us in your nail-biting film.”

Chris Romano, Stowe Mountain Film Festival (USA)
"This movie really puts into perspective the incredible situations that mountaineers have to endure. An absolutely gripping documentary.”

Matt Heason, Programmer for the Kendal Mountain Film Festival (UK
“I watched the film Mount St. Elias – the Longest Ski Descent. I thought it was excellent! Very well made, and with a nail-biting scene in the snow hole during the storm!”

Jury’s Comment, Whistler Film Festival (CAN)
“Brilliantly photographed, this production excels in all aspects of filmmaking craft, capturing the risks, conflicts and consequences of high altitude mountaineering. It set a new precedent for Mountain Culture filmmaking.”

Joseph Vilsmaier, Director of, among others, Nanga Parbat, Schlafes Bruder (Brother of Sleep), Comedian Harmonists (GER)
“A documentary for cinema can’t be better than this!”

Laudatio, Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (USA)
”Just recently Mount St. Elias was awarded “Best Documentary” at the 24th Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), which puts it on a level with legendary surf documentary “Riding Giants” by Stacy Peralta. Meanwhile Mount St. Elias has also received rave reviews in Austria.”

Michael Liss, Director of Development & Film Programmer Vail Film Festival
“Congratulations – we're very happy to accept Mount St. Elias into the Vail Film Festival, in the Adventure Film category. In addition the stunning cinematography and both soaring and at times bone-chilling imagery, I really enjoyed how the film made such a compelling narrative out of these people's quest, and truly delivered their individual characters in a very developed way, with a good eye towards their relationships. It also made great use of the failed American attempt to do the same, as background and context. Plus, so many parts of it were just plain cool! The film really drew you in across the entire running time, and was beautiful to watch. I look forward to it connecting with the Vail Film Festival audience.”

Jury’s Comment, Internationales Berg & Abenteuer Filmfestival Graz (AUT)
“This movie by Gerald Salmina is a worthy successor to Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo. It’s about humans in the struggle against themselves.”

Robert Schauer, Director of Internationales Berg & Abenteuer Filmfestival Graz (AUT); first Austrian on Mt. Everest
“I’ve never before witnessed such standing ovations at Stefaniesaal in Graz, not even after performances by Anna Netrebko or Nikolas Harnoncourt.” (1,000 people rewarded director Gerald Salmina and his film Mt. Saint Elias with 15 minutes of standing ovations.)

Walter Köhler, ORF’s Editor of Universum (AUT)
”Gerald Salmina managed to free the movie from the genre’s stereotypes and took it to the next level.”