Wanaka July 1-9, Cromwell July 6, Queenstown July 7-9
A taste of the festival films
2010 festival guest speaker Will Gadd grabs a thermal air lift towards Mt. Robson and then sets flight for the Canada-US border. Along the way the paragliders push the sport of paragliding, or more precisely ‘vol-bivy’, as they journey 640 kilometres above the Canadian Rockies, hopping between seriously exposed landing sites where they’d spend the night. A 35-day journey across rugged landscapes is the longest air journey by a paraglider ever recorded.
Showing in: Wanaka and Cromwell Wanaka Session 7: Sunday July 3, 7:30pm Cromwell, July 6th, 7:30pm The NZ Mountain Film Festival will run from July 1 to 9 in Wanaka, Cromwell and Queenstown. Tickets are available online at mountainfilm.net.nz and you can grab a programme at Paper Plus in Wanaka and The North Face store in Queenstown. Snow Show: Ski and Snowboard Adventures The Snow Show is a festival favourite for Queenstown and Wanaka locals and yet again it’s expect to be a packed house! The session will of course feature the 2016 Best Snow Sports Film This movie includes all the things the audience loves about skiing and snowboarding films. The film perfectly captures what it means to go on a snow adventure The Mountain Book event also gives literature enthusiasts the opportunity to hear from several speakers, attend workshops and enjoy the new format of small intimate shows in Wanaka and Queenstown. Two feature shows include:
Keynote Speaker Laurence Fearnley – From the Tent to the Page
Laurence will speak at 7:30pm on Sunday July 3 at Rippon Hall about how outdoor experiences have shaped her life as a writer. Laurence’s awardwinning novels weave together insight into the human condition with our spiritual connection to the land. A Kiwi voice is prominent, as the tales of NZ history and spirit unfold. Laurence’s love of adventure shines through her stunning literary back catalogue. Her novels have been staged from Central Otago, Fairlie, Mount Cook, Southland with your mates. The cinematography is beautiful, the riding is incredible and the sound track is perfect, but what they are doing is insane! Trying to use a tandem paraglider to carry them up to some high peaks, then jumping off and skiing or boarding down. The show also features ski and board adventure films in the Albanian Alps, Canada and Russia. The Mountain Book Event features over 30 Speakers and in general rural small town New Zealand.
Old Fashioned Story Telling ($15 online, $17 at the door)
Mountaineers and adventurers will present informal relaxed renditions of some of their favourite expedition tales. These are relaxed easy-going formats with no fancy technology.
Wanaka storytellers: Chris Davenport, Craig Potton. Guy Cotter, Lydia Bradey, Ed Napia and Al Uren.
Queenstown storytellers: Chuck Berry, Mark Sedon, Tarn Pilkington, Steve Gurney, Mathurin Molgat and Mark Woodward.
The book and literature event will be held at the Rippon Hall in Wanaka (July 2 & 3), and also at Memorial Hall in Queenstown (July 9).
Tickets are on sale online at mountainfilm.net.nz