About the NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival

About the NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival

NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival began in 2002 as a celebration of adventurous sports and lifestyles through film, spoken word and art; the festival has since broadened its reach to encompass mountain literature as well as films and talks about cultural and environmental issues that matter.

Come to Central Otago this fall for 2 Festivals in 3 towns and 10 days of inspiration!

The 2017 NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival is on in Wanaka June 30th to July 9th, Cromwell July 5th and Queenstown July 6th to 8th.

We are a non-profit charitable trust and a registered charity (#CC49344).

Mountain Film Festival (Wanaka June 30 to July 4 & Queenstown July 6 to 8) scheduled activities 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.
  • Adventure trade show.
  • Film maker and author talks.
  • Art exhibition.
  • Photography Competition.
  • Best of Wanaka National Film Tour.
  • International and NZ made adventure film competition (over $3000 in cash prizes) – Film Entries open January 1, 2017.
  • And of course, loads of general socialising….

Mountain Book Festival (Wanaka July 7 to 9 & Queenstown on July 8) scheduled activities include:

  • Workshops and book readings.
  • Adventure Writing School.
  • Author talks.
  • Art exhibition.
  • Mountain Book & Literature competition and events – Book Entries open January 1, 2017.
  • 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….


Applications are Open for Funding!

We raised just over $3,700 during the 2016 Festival and we must give it all away. Our non-profit Charitable Trust ascertains to promote, through it’s annual mountain film festival, healthy and active lifestyles, encourage youth to make small safe adventures in the outdoors, to inspire people to reach their full potential, to work cooperatively with others in the youth development area, to help people with disabilities get into outdoor activities and to promote NZ arts, film, culture, environment and outdoor lifestyles. We have a grant scheme for three different causes we believe in: Fund youth (18 years and under) in … Continued

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Biggest Programme Ever Launched

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.

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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