The 2016 New Zealand Mountain Film Festival is a combination of events over the five days July 1st to 5th in NZ’s premier alpine village of Wanaka, Cromwell on July 6th, and three days in Queenstown on July 7th to 9th. The NZ Mountain Film Festival is a non-profit registered charitable trust and a registered charity.
Activities scheduled include
- 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.
- Workshops and book readings.
- Two Day Adventure Film School and half day Adventure Writing School.
- Adventure trade show.
- Film maker and author talks.
- Art exhibitions.
- Photography Competition.
- Best of Wanaka National Film Tour.
- International and NZ made adventure film competition (over $3000 in cash prizes) – Film Entries closed for 2016
- Mountain Book & Literature competition and events on July 2 and 3 – Book Entries closed for 2016
- 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….
Our programme is out and tickets are on sale. This years line up of speakers and the films are just epic! We received more films than ever before (155) and they came from far and wide. Kiwi filmmakers are well represented with 10 of the 65 films being screened being NZ made. We also have a record number of speakers with 35 authors, adventurers and speakers over the 9 days in Wanaka and Queenstown.
20 books were received in our inaugural Mountain Book competition and 155 films were received in our 14th Adventure Film Makers competition. This has smashed our old record of 126! We’ve never seen so many great films. Choosing the finalists for screening at the Festival in July is going to be a tough job. The NZ entries are up, so is their quality and professionalism. It is so cool when you sit down with the judges and a film starts that you know nothing about and the film and adventure starts to unfold. Then before you know it you feel like you are there … Continued
The 1st Annual NZMFF MOUNTAIN BOOK COMPETITION is now open for entries. Our aim is to celebrate books and literature while promoting NZ writers at the next Festival, July 1-5 in Wanaka. So far we have a $500 first prize for the best book and hope to expand the prize pool over the next few months. Enter before March 30th here