Popular festival returns for its 14th year
Wanaka’s Mountain Film Festival opens on Friday This week the 14th NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival will kick off in Wanaka with a new and improved line up. The festival will run from July 1 to 9 in Wanaka, Cromwell and Queenstown and this year includes a book and literature event. The programme also includes 65 worldclass adventure, environmental, cultural and adrenalin films, 5 world premieres, workshops and more speakers than ever before with 35 international, national and local authors and speakers. On opening night this Friday the audience will enjoy live music, the art exhibition, the Trade show and of course the first session of adventure films. Although the popular Opening Night has been sold out for a few weeks, tickets are still available online and at the venues to most of the other shows.
Festival Director Mark Sedon will open the event on Friday with announcements of the award winning book and films. Mark says, ‘‘ our festival is going from strength to strength each year and this event is a stand out with the amount of speakers and range of content on offer. ‘‘Once again the calibre of the film submission has been astounding and we hope that the addition of the book and literature events will attract a whole new audience. The sheer number of speakers telling stories, presenting educational workshops and showing us their adventures, films and books is quite phenomenal. It’s humbling to continue to have world class speakers such as Chris Devonport and Craig Potton grace our event. The festival holds its own up against the bigger festivals around the world and we are stoked to be able to bring our community such high profile guests and events.’’
Inaugural Mountain Book Event Adventure and mountain stories amazing variety of topics, genre, brought to life through the written adventure and locations. word. New to the festival schedule in Many of the stories enter the 2016 is the book and literature event remotest parts of back-andbeyond being held in both Wanaka and and retell some nail biting situations Queenstown. The event includes a through vivid imagery and clever literature competition, workshops, language. Local writers feature storytelling, poetry, speakers and strongly in the competition and talks. author readings. The goal of the new The winning entries are: event is to offer a variety of formats Adventure Travel winner – to make adventure, mountain stories and expedition tales accessible to a range of new audience members. The event complements the film content well and offers different ways to be involved with the Festival.
The Mountain Book competition invited authors to enter their work to win prize money. 20 books were received from authors or their publishers and content included an – by Max Grant
Mountain and Adventure Literature, Non-Fiction winner –
– Nathan Fa’avae Adventure Guides, Travel and Poetry winner – Daniel Clearwater
One of these three will be awarded the Grand Prize on July 1. by