About the NZ Mountain Film Festival

About the NZ Mountain Film Festival

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

  • International and NZ made adventure film competition (over $3000 in cash prizes) – Film Entries closed for 2016
  • Viewing of the film finalist, the World’s best adventure movies!
  • Mountain Book & Literature competition and events on July 2 and 3 – Book Entries closed for 2016
  • Awards night with films, winning film previews and live Music.
  • NZ & International Guest speakers.
  • Workshops and book readings.
  • Two Day Adventure Film School, Adventure Writing School.
  • Adventure trade show.
  • Art exhibitions.
  • Photography Competition (NZ$500 in prize money).
  • Best of Wanaka National Film Tour.
  • 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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Mountain Book and Mountain Film Competitions Close with Record Entries

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 NZMFF MOUNTAIN BOOK COMPETITION is open for entries

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


Grant Scheme Applications Open!

Our grant scheme applications are now open and close on October 30th. The NZMFF is giving away just over $4,000 that was raised at our charity auctions in Wanaka and Queenstown. You can apply under three different categories that we believe in: Funding for youth (under 18 years) in adventure film making courses and/or adventure skills training. Financially support local environmental projects like river cleanups, native tree re-planting and other similar non-profit organisations. Assist with funding people with disabilities to buy specialist sporting equipment. If you’d like to apply for some funds, please explain in a one page letter what … Continued