The 2013 NZ Moun­tain Film Fes­ti­val

Central Otago Mirror - - FEATURES -

The eleventh NZ Moun­tain Film Fes­ti­val set to kick off July 5th in Wanaka will host a wide range of speak­ers, work­shops and events. The win­ning films that will be shown in­clude a jour­ney to the top of an un­climbed 6,310m gran­ite but­tress in In­dia, a kayak down NZ’s most hid­den rapids and the a rope less speed climb of three 1000m Yosemite big walls. Stand up pad­dle board­ers and surfers in Canada of­fer an in­sight into the un­told vul­ner­a­bil­ity of our en­vi­ron­ment and ac­tivists ex­pose il­le­gal dol­phin hunt­ing in Ja­pan. The com­mon­al­ity amongst the win­ning films, show how the elas­tic­ity of hu­man spirit stretches to meet the men­tal re­quire­ments and phys­i­cal con­di­tions of th­ese self-pro­pelled goals. The stun­ning cin­e­matog­ra­phy gives the real sense of tem­per­a­ture, space, emo­tion and the breadth of hu­man char­ac­ter. The head­line speaker this year is pro­fes­sional moun­taineer Cory Richards. Richards made a name for him­self when he climbed the first ever win­ter as­cent of an 8000m moun­tain in Pak­istan. The re­sult­ing film won the Grand Prize in Wanaka (2011) and he will speak in Wanaka on July 6th and in Queen­stown on July 13th. Also speak­ing are Cas and Jonesy; two Aussie ex­plor­ers who re­cently made his­tory by com­plet­ing the long­est ever un­sup­ported po­lar ex­pe­di­tion. Ki­wis Blair Smith and Dave Johns will also speak on their epic ski ad­ven­ture that started in Bei­jing and trav­elled west across China, cen­tral Asia and all the way to Europe. Nga¯ i Tahu kauma¯ tua, Sir Tipene O’Re­gan will present a talk on the Ma¯ ori his­tory as­so­ci­ated with the South Is­land high coun­try, fo­cus­ing on the Cen­tral Otago Lakes re­gion

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