Films with dar­ing and vi­sion cel­e­brated

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - More in­for­ma­tion on the fes­ti­val is avail­able at: moun­

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.

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