About the NZ Mountain Film Festival

About the NZ Mountain Film Festival

The 2015 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival is a combination of events over the five days July 3rd to 7th in NZ’s premier alpine village of Wanaka, Cromwell July 8th, and three days in Queenstown on July 9th to 11th. The NZ Mountain Film Festival is a non-profit registered charitable trust and a registered charity.

Activities scheduled include

  • International and NZ made adventure film competition (over $3000 in cash prizes) – Closed for 2015.
  • Viewing of the film finalist, the World’s best adventure movies!
  • Awards night with films, winning film previews and live Music.
  • NZ & International Guest speakers: Alex Honnold (USA), Ben Brown (NZ) & Steve Gurney (NZ), Nathan Faavae (NZ).
  • Workshops and book readings.
  • Two Day Adventure Film School, Adventure Writing School.
  • Adventure gear trade show.
  • Art exhibitions.
  • Photography Competition (NZ$1000 in prize money).
  • RETURN of the World record Dyno attempt and climbing competition.
  • And of course, loads of general socialising….


NZMFF Point of Difference

The NZ Mountain Film Festival is a NZ made festival which started in 2002 and is internationally recognised as one of the world’s premier mountain film festival events. It’s NZ’s original mountain film festival with it’s own international adventure film maker’s competition, as well as a highly regarded NZ made division. Film makers receive cash for various awards and the films we play often go on to do well in other similar festivals like the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Sundance Mountain Film Festival, Kendal Mountain Film Festival and Vancouver Mountain Film Festival.

The NZMFF puts on a national tour, as do many of the above festivals. You will sometimes see the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour playing in venues around NZ. Try not to confuse this Canadian made festival with our NZ made one.

The NZ Mountain Film Festival is a grass roots event with guest speakers and several other events in Wanaka and Queenstown. Come check us out….

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71 Film Finalists to Screen in 2015

We’ve loaded our 71 film finalists for 2015 onto the web page here. These are the films that will screen in Wanaka, Cromwell and Queenstown July 3-11. The quality ad breadth of films is amazing and we are so grateful for the fantastic film makers from around the globe who have contributed to our programme; from Iran to Brazil, Canada to Russia, USA and France, to the home grown adventurers to make the NZ made films; THANK YOU!

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Festival Packages Launched

The Edgewater Hotel, Matterhorn South and Wanaka Hotel have joined up with the NZ Mountain Film Festival to offer 2 or 5 night package deals to attend the festival. We are offering two and five night Packages:   Edgewater Hotel (4 Star): Five Night Package; arrive Friday July 3 to depart Wednesday July 8, twin share or double room. This includes breakfast and your all access Festival Pass to every show, event and workshop for $570 per person based on 2 person twin share or double room, or $1050 for a single room. Two night Weekend Escape (arrive Friday July 3, … Continued

Alex Honnold

Alex Honnold to speak in Wanaka and Queenstown in 2015

The NZMFF is stoked to announce the 2015 keynote speaker Alex Honnold from the USA. Alex has made some of the finest and fastest free solos of the largest walls in North America. He scales 1000m rock faces with only shoes and chalk bag—no rope, no safety, and no room for error. Alex has featured in many of the NZMFF’s finest films, making us sweat and hold our breath in his ‘no room for mistakes’ climbs. We’re looking forward to welcoming Alex to Wanaka and Queenstown July 3-11 for two inspiring and heart stopping talks.