The documentary by acclaimed wildlife filmmaker and head of ORF Universum Gernot Lercher was awarded an Honorable Mention in the category "Nature and Environment" at the Mountainfilm International Film Festival Graz, which took place from June 9 - 12, 2021.

Graz/Vienna – Due to the worldwide spread of Covid-19, Mountainfilm Graz 2020 was only one of many events that had to be postponed to 2021. Out of the illustrious list of film submissions for the festival, "Portugal – Wild Land on the Edge" was selected by the expert jury.

The 4K production, directed by Gernot Lercher ("Victims of the Vikings", now head of ORF Universum), is a breathtaking documentary about a country at the very edge of Europe - where the beginning and end meet. Portugal's natural and animal world tries to live and survive in the constant competition of the ancient four elements of Air, Earth, Fire and Water. The cinematic journey leads through mainland, sea and islands, and shows the audience fantastic and exciting images of a wildlife of infinite diversity.


The documentary is a co-production by ORF, ARTE, BR, SKYLAND Productions and Proell Film in association with ORF-Enterprise and distributed worldwide by ORF-Enterprise

Further information about the winners and honorable mentions of the Mountainfilm International Film Festival Graz can be found here:

Mountainfilm Graz 2021 will be held on-site from November 9 - 13, 2021.
Filmmakers are invited to submit their entries for the upcoming competition of Mountainfilm Graz until July 4, 2021.

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