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A celebration of exploration caving

August 2000. From the very first night of the first Spéléovision, we knew we'd succeeded at reviving the Vercors as the center of the caving universe, if only for one week.

What words could express our joy at seeing the festival hall filled to capacity on Awards Night ? Just that afternoon we'd taken down the stands to make room for all 700 attendees &emdash; an attendance that had surpassed our greatest expectations.

An impeccable dinner, lively entertainment, delightful surprises everywhere, laughter, excitement and inspiring guests... What a party!

So we'll have to do it again... Each two years...


August 22-25, 2002

Jury's President: Jean Clottes.

The world's best caving films in competitin at Spéléovision

We welcome documentaries, fiction and short promotional pieces, reports, television programs and all films about caving (or canyoning).

For registration, visit our site:

Pre-registration deadline: June 15, 2002.

An international jury will award cash prizes to the best films. A children's jury, organized by l'Hebdo des Juniors (Children's Weekly magazine), will also award prize.

 Thursday, August 22: a special evening devoted to Papua New Guinea

Opening night will start us again on our epic adventure, with a retrospective look at the best films about Papua New Guinea. Members of previous expeditions to New Britain will present their discoveries in the Exploration Forum. All cavers who have participated in expeditions to Papua New Guinea are invited to share the stage for a super photo!

The Art and Essay room: a corner for the curious...

Adjacent to the main meeting hall, films will be shown to the public on demand, including old films, out-of-competition films, as well as your own amateur works.

The Exploration Forum, or the "Great caving adventure"

Every year, cavers discover and map new caves, contributing to a better understanding of our planet. They will talk about their adventures on stage and present images from their latest and greatest "missions".

Gala Award Night: and more surprises to come !

The culminating moment of the competition, Saturday evening promises to be eventful, with awards, new films, a live performance and more surprise guests... all accompanied by an excellent dinner. At midnight, we'll take down the tables and dance the night away...

The Speleo Market for caving and canyoning...

Expé, Petzl, Spelunca Library, clubs and publishers will be there to provide a lively caver's market.

Screenplay competition

All cavers are invited to present what is speleology to the public in the format of a short screenplay (between 6 and 13 minutes' film duration), based on a 2-page synopsis. The winning production will be shown widely as part of the National Caving Day to be held by the French Caving Federation in October.

Deadline: June 10.

The author of the chosen screenplay will be invited to participate in the 2002 Spéléovision Workshop (at no charge), where he will produce his short film.

Spéléovision Workshop

The film workshop will take place from Saturday, August 3 through Sunday, August 11, and will be supervised by Martin Figère and Luc-Henri Fage. The program will include a film theory course, a hands-on introduction to professional equipment, completion of the winning competition screenplay, cutting and referencing, filming in digital video, editing with Final Cut Pro, sound editing, and final mastering. First showings will take place Saturday night.

Cost for the workshop, including room and board, courses and materials: 3500 F. Limited to 6 attendees maximum. For more information, visit our website or write to the Maison de l'Aventure, 26420 La Chapelle-en-Vercors.

Deadline for workshop registration: June 30, 2002.

Photo contest

Send us your best photographic prints (30 x 40 cm) before August 15, 2002:

Spéléovision, Maison de l'Aventure, 26420 La Chapelle-en-Vercors. Details available on the internet. Numerous prizes to be awarded!


Among the exhibitions:
  • Borneo's ornate caves: an archeological and speleological adventure in the jungle of Borneo.
  • and presenting... new and original photographs by Thierry Aubé, Serge Caillault, Françoise and Geneviève Magnan, Jean-Paul Sounier...

Caves rigged

From Saturday the 17th to Monday the 26th, some of the Vercor's most beautiful caves will be rigged for visitors.