Pop­u­lar fes­ti­val re­turns for its 14th year

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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

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