New Zealand Mountain Film Festival 2018

New Zealand Mountain Film Festival 2018

New Zealand Mountain Film Festival 2018

Wanaka, Cromwell & Queenstown – June 29 to July7

Buckle in for a week of adventure, aspiration, environment and culture. With a global reach and grassroots feel this year’s NZ Mountain Film Festival features 83 films including ten world premieres complemented by old-fashioned storytelling sessions with guest speakers and writers.

The Grand Prize winning film, ‘Liv Along the Way’ reflects the calibre of the films on offer at this year’s event. Director Mike Douglas (Canada) follows World Champion sport climber Liv Sansoz, as she sets out to climb all 82 4,000m peaks in the European Alps in a single year.

Prominent themes included women dominating in their fields, and also pushing the boundaries of adventure sports for both men and women. Mark Sedon, Festival Director, says, “Through the years we have noticed an increase in the films focused on women in adventure sports. The stories are less focused on single expeditions, summits or feats, and more often reflect the differences in the approach to adventure sports as a way of life.

A trend presented throughout many of the films was how environmental change is threatening the wilderness playgrounds in which these adventures take place. Appreciation for rivers, lakes, mountains and oceans was consistent throughout many of the stories. The impact of climate change appears to be at the forefront of filmmakers’ and their subjects’ minds.

The top New Zealand film and recipient of the Hiddleston/MacQueen award went to Wanaka based Jase Hancox for his film The Sky Piercer. The Sky Piercer follows a team, led by Sam Smoothy, to climb and ski the East Face of Aoraki/Mt Cook. Accompanied by one of the world’s best snowboarders Xavier de La Rue (France), professional freeskier Nadine Wallner (Austria) and Wanaka local Fraser McDougall, Smoothy faces weather, ice and variable conditions as he sets out to achieve a lifelong goal.

In its 16th year the festival a record 206 films, 19 of which were New Zealand made. Films were received from Australia, South America, USA, Canada, Asia, Russia, Iran, Greece, France, Austria, Germany and the UK.

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Tim Brewster

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