Expect dynamic films in festival
After trawling through 71 entries, Wanaka’s NZ Mountain Film Festival has announced the Grand Prize winner – Myanmar: Bridges of Change.
The US film, directed and produced by Eric Daft and Mark Fisher, details an expedition led by Andy Tyson to the depths of the Myanmar jungle and heights of what might be South East Asia’s highest peak. Tyson experienced an unexpected and unprecedented cultural immersion.
Festival director Mark Sedon described the film as a ‘‘visceral journey’’, offering ‘‘more than first expected as it tells a tale beyond the mountain climbing expedition first posed’’.
The official programme launches on Wednesday June 3, with tickets on sale at the same time. It has workshop and speaker details, with well-known multisporter Nathan Fa’avae joining key-note speaker Alex Honnold of the US and Kiwis Steve Gurney and Ben Brown.
Honnold features in a heart-stopping short film set in Mexico, El Sendero Luminoso, which has won the best short film.
The clip was ‘‘a festival must-see’’ and features in both Wanaka and Queenstown, Sedon said.
The festival also travels to Cromwell to present a ‘‘best of’’ selection for one night only.
Scenes fromMyanmar: BridgesofChange.