Film reaches fes­ti­val peak

Tale of friend­ship wins prize

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

A film that fol­lows two friends trav­el­ling a Slo­vakian ridge­line with more than 130 ex­treme peaks in win­ter has won the grand prize at this year’s New Zealand Moun­tain Film Fes­ti­val.

Fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Mark Se­don said the stan­dard of sub­mis­sions for this year’s fes­ti­val was world class and the 74 films to be screened dur­ing the July fes­ti­val were of the high­est cal­i­bre seen in 12 years of the event.

The win­ning film Foot­prints on the Ridge took the viewer on a breath­tak­ing jour­ney along the Western, High, and Belianske Ta­tras in Slo­vakia, Se­don said.

‘‘The story fol­lows two friends as they tra­verse the en­tire ridge alpine style, in win­ter, un­sup­ported, in one sin­gle push.

‘‘The jour­ney it­self is in­cred­i­ble and this mam­moth chal­lenge is matched by stun­ning cine­matog­ra­phy and a mind­bog­gling ef­fort by both the film­mak­ers and the ad­ven­tur­ers.’’

Slo­vakian film­mak­ers Alena Koscova and Palo Baraba´ sˇ ac­cepted the ac­co­lade with ap­pre­ci­a­tion and fond mem­o­ries of the per­ils of cap­tur­ing the footage.

Koscova said they spent sev­eral days in the sad­dles, ridges and peaks freez­ing to make some pic­tures of the two friends in harsh con­di­tions.

‘‘It was an ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence to be there and to see how strong friend­ship and will power can be.’’

The best snow sports film was Mis­sion Antarc­tic di­rected by Swiss Guido Per­rini and fol­low­ing ex­treme snow­boarder Xavier de Le Rue, on a small boat on his search to find steep, un­rid­den ter­rain in the Antarc­tic.

It re­vealed ‘‘ad­ven­ture, travel, friend­ship and ex­plo­ration, within a quest to snow­board in an ob­scure land,’’ Se­don said.

The Last Great Climb by United King­dom di­rec­tor Alas­tair Lee was awarded this year’s best film on climb­ing.

Also an Antarc­tic ad­ven­ture, it fol­lowed a team at­tempt­ing to climb what seems like the im­pos­si­ble, a re­mote spire in Queen Maud Land.

Seven New Zealand fi­nal­ists were vy­ing for the pres­ti­gious Hid­dle­ston/ MacQueen Award and $1000 in prize money for the best New Zealand-made film.

The films will be screened at the Fes­ti­val in Wanaka where a win­ner will be cho­sen.

From 17 en­tries Lach­lan Humphreys, Jase Han­cox, David Walden, Tim Pierce all of Wanaka along with Guil­laume Charton, of Queen­stown, Blair Trotman and Aaron Smart have made it into the fi­nal round.

The best film on ad­ven­tur­ous sports and life­styles went to The Cave Con­nec­tion – Into the Un­known, a story set in New Zealand’s deep un­ex­plored caves sys­tems.

The best short film went to 35, a story of a unique way to cel­e­brate your 35th birth­day and the best

The friend­ship of Adam Kadle­cik and Miso Sabov­cik takes cen­tre stage in Foot­printson­the film on moun­tain cul­ture and en­vi­ron­ment went to High Ten­sion, a dra­matic story of con­flict high on Mt Ever­est.

The award win­ning films would be ac­com­pa­nied by a blend of en­vi­ron­men­tal, cul­tural and so­cial films, all linked with the com­mon theme of ad­ven­ture, to make up this year’s fes­ti­val pro­gramme. ◗ This year’s pro­gramme is of­fi­cially re­leased to­day with ticket sales open­ing via: moun­tain­film.net.nz.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

The climb: A scene for the New Zealand Moun­tain Film Fes­ti­val’s grand prize win­ning film Foot­printson­theRidge.

Ridge.

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