Ex­pect dy­namic films in fes­ti­val

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

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.

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