In news just in, The Trail of Genghis Khan has just won the 'Grand Prize' and the award for 'Best Film on Mountain Culture' at Vancouver festival. (www.vimff.org)
These were the words in response to the awards from Tim, who is in Australia:
Mountain Culture Award
Since finishing the journey, I've learnt that possibly the only thing more difficult than riding horses from Mongolia to hungary, is making a film about it. The motivation for me though has, and is, telling the story of the so many individuals who were happy to share with me so much about their lives, culture and history of nomadism on the steppe. To me, the physical challenge of the journey would have been empty and meaningless had it not enabled me to momentarily become a part of the fabric of the land and their communities. So this award in particular is very special to me, and is a tribute to all those people who have helped me along the way and enriched my life. Thank you for taking the time to watch the film, and hello from Tigon (he is currently passed out next to my desk chair dreaming about his next rabbit chase - of which he has become particularly fond of since coming to Australia).
Thank you so much! I realise now how important it was to keep getting that camera out and filming, even when it seemed at times like it never see the light of day. Its a privilege to think that not only did enough people support me to enable me to make a film, but even more so to have it shared at festivals such as this in Vancouver ... and that is not to mention winning an award like this! The making of the film took two and a half years, during which I couldn't have managed without the support in particular of people like Michael Balson, the main editor who believed in it long before there was any funding, and when I was flat broke. Thank you to all the other people involved in the film - Michael Dillon, Lisa Gerrard, Cye Wood, Richard Dennison, but to name a few. Also to my sponsors and those along the way who helped me make it to Hungary, and taught me so much. Thank you to my father, Andrew Cope, who, although never got to see me finish the journey, or meet Tigon, would have been so proud on a night like this. Canada held a special place in his heart, and he has more friends here than I.