The Morzine Film Awards 2020
If you’re lucky enough to find yourself staying with us in one of our beautiful chalets in Morzine at the end of March then you’re in for a real treat. The Morzine Film Awards 2020 take place on the 24th March and is set to be the biggest night of the year.
The Morzine Film Awards (MFA) started in the winter of 2018 and has gone from strength to strength. Traditionally a winter only event, summer 2019 saw the introduction of a summer competition which was equally well received. Each year the competition sees a variety of filming and riding styles and some really impressive production quality given that all the films are produced in just 8 days. Following it’s success in Morzine the format will be rolled out into other resorts for the first time this winter with Tignes and Verbier getting their own competition.
So How Does It Work?
The MFA’s is a competition set up by local entrepreneurs with a passion for Morzine and the incredible snow sports and lifestyle it provides. The competition is open to absolutely anyone who fancies a go at filming or starring in a film. It’s a team event and teams are invited to register their participation online in the weeks leading up to the event.
9 days prior to the awards night the teams must present themselves at a local bar to collect their unique MFA flag. This flag must be visible throughout the film to prove it was filmed within the week.
Once the hangovers from the flag collection party have subsided, the teams have just 8 days to complete their films. This involves planning, filming and editing so no mean feat when you consider that most of the participants will be balancing this with their day jobs. The films can take on any format and entries from previous years have been varied. Although a classic ski/snowboard shred fest is a firm favourite, and a solid bet for a crowd pleaser, the more ambitious teams tend to submit something slightly more complex.
The summer film awards 2019 saw a Borat inspired film about falling in love with mountain bikes in Morzine. Zorat and his team took the win narrowly taking the crown from a bike based rap music video from an all girl group of riders. There were numerous bike edits submitted all with fast paced cuts and a banging soundtrack.
The winter 2019 MFA’s featured an edit from a team of Morzine locals with their remake of Hollywood blockbuster Armageddon. The film was aptly named Gnarmagedon and starred local legends acting and tearing up the slopes as they tried to save the world. As well as the perfect blend of snow sports, comedy, and music, Gnarmagedon raised the bar for production quality with a complex story line edited to perfection. Subsequently the crowd at the awards loved it and awarded it the People’s Choice winner.
It’s All For Charity
As well as being great fun for everyone involved and a hell of a night out for the audience, the MFA’s is a charity event. Raising money for great causes and local projects, it really is the event that just keeps on giving. The 2019 winter MFA’s had 20 teams participating and saw 1200 people attend the awards night subsequently raising 12,000EUR for local charities.
If you’re lucky enough to be staying with us on the 24th March 2020 then we thoroughly recommend getting a ticket for awards. All the films are premiered on a huge screen, there’s a bar with food available and the awards follow the screenings. You’ll get a chance to place your vote for the People’s Choice award and the whole thing caps off with a big after party. It starts at 9pm at the Palais des Sportes (located under the Super Morzine bridge) and tickets can be bought from Cafe Chaud, Hideout Hostel and Laurys Bar. It does go on late and some of the films may contain some bad language or feature some adult themes so it might not be the most suitable night for children.
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