Films with daring and vision celebrated
The winners of this year’s New Zealand Mountain Film Festival collectively capture the fascinating physical and emotive experience of many astounding human endeavours, festival director Mark Sedon says. More than 100 films were entered in the popular festival and the winners were announced today. Mr Sedon said one aspect which stood out in this year’s programme was the increase in films showing women pushing the boundaries of human capabilities, including French woman Geraldine Fasnacht, who won the adventurous sports and lifestyles category. The films will be shown during the festival in Wanaka from July 5 to 9 and in Queenstown on July 13 and 14. Entries are still open for the Adventure Film Editing Competition which will see competitors edit footage of young Wanaka athletes biking, skating, rock climbing and kayaking into a three-minute film. The People’s Choice award will be decided during the festival. ■
Hang in there: Climbing Mt Meru, in India, in a scene from the movie which won the grand prize at the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival, TheShark’sFin.
Above: Solo climber Alex Honnold in the movieHonnold.