Jury & Presenteur

Ceremony' master

Take it easy

Edito Sylvain Tesson

Sylvain Tesson was born south of England (France). His books are translated in English with very understandable titles : The Consolation of the Forest, Berezina, The Art of patience.

« Quand on s’est toujours beaucoup ménagé, on finit par tomber malade à force de ménagements ». Il semblerait que Zarathoustra qui a prononcé cette sentence au premier chapitre du livre troisième d’Ainsi parlait Zarathoustra serait reçu plus cordialement au Festival Aventure & Découverte de Val d’Isère qu’au conseil de défense sanitaire. Lui, danseur de corde, voyageur de l’absolu et dynamiteur des conformismes a toujours incité ses disciples à escalader les montagnes plutôt qu’à « prendre soin de toutes et tous pour notre confort et notre sécurité », comme on dit aujourd’hui en langage débilo-managérial.

Sylvain Tesson





Jury's president

Klein Etienne

Etienne Klein

Etienne Klein, born in 1958, is a physician and philosopher of science. He is Director of Research at the CEA (French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission), where he has run the Materials Science Research Laboratory since 2007. He is a member of the Academy of Technologies and presents the “Sciences en questions” programme on France Culture every Saturday.

Etienne Klein is particularly interested in the question of time and in other subjects that are at the junction between physics and philosophy, such as the interpretation of quantum physics, the origins of the universe, and the status of the vacuum in modern physics. Eager to share his scientific knowledge, he has written around twenty books.

Céline Develay-Mazurelle

Céline Develay-Mazurelle

Céline Develay-Mazurelle, producer of “Si loin si proche” (So far and yet so near), a travel programme on Radio France Internationale

Listen to the world: this is what Céline Develay-Mazurelle has done for almost 20 years now, through her interviews. A former documentary-maker for France Culture, reporter for Radio France Internationale and audio assistant for Arteradio, she has presented and produced “Si loin si proche”, a travel programme on RFI, for the last ten years: 48 minutes and 30 seconds of culture and society, field reports, radio stories and long-distance discussions broadcast every Sunday. It features men and women who have made travel and adventure an education, a personal commitment, a quest to discover themselves, other people and other places.


Charles Dubouloz

Charles Dubouloz

Charles Dubouloz, French mountaineer and high mountain guide.

Having had the privilege of growing up near Annecy, in between the lake and the mountains, Charles quickly developed a desire to spend more time in the peaks. In the beginning, he focused on trying to climb as quickly as possible, but then began tackling more challenging ascents. Versatility is his spearhead, and he loves all mountain pursuits, from skiing down steep, high-altitude mountain faces to solo climbing. Having just returned from completing the tricky “Rolling Stones” climb up the north face of the Grandes Jorasses, on his own in winter, he is already planning to develop new climbing routes, this time with his climbing partners.




Marine Barnérias

Marine Barnérias

Marine Barnérias, journalist for France 3 Bretagne

Marine Barnérias presents the Magazine Littoral programme on France 3 Bretagne. A snow sports enthusiast, she is keen to shine the spotlight on men and women connected with the marine elements. Suffering from multiple sclerosis, in 2016 she embarked on a maiden trip across New Zealand, Burma and Mongolia in a bid to find herself, and wrote “Super Hero, the forbidden voyage that brought meaning to my life”. It was adapted for film and her first documentary, “Rosy”, was released in January 2022. Today, Marine has her own production company, Mooji Smile, whose mission is to produce films and events to encourage people to take action.


L'aigle d'or de l'aventure

This is the Grand Prix of the festival. The winning film will be screened after the closing ceremony.

Award Alain Estève

This prize for technical quality is awarded in memory of the climber Alain Estève, former head of GMHM (Groupe Militaire de Haute Montagne) who lost while climbing in 1997.

Hope Award - TITRAFILM

Founded in 1933 in Paris, TITRAFILM specialise in subtitling, localisation, accessibility and post-production. TITRAFILM are proud to be the film festival’s Official Technical Partner.

TITRAFILM will reward the winning producer of the Prix Espoir with post-production audio services worth €4,000.

Le grand prix du public

At the entrance for the screening of each film of the competition, members of the public receive a ticket that allows them to vote. Ballot boxes marked « Not at All », « A Little », « A lot », « Loved it » are situated at the Congress Centre exit. The tally of the votes is made in proportion to the number of spectators.

Special Award - Ushuaïa TV

For the past ten years the Ushuaïa TV Channel has supported the festival by giving an award for best director, with the winning film being broadcast on the channel. The film is chosen by the editorial team of Ushuaïa TV.