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 7th, and two days in Queenstown on July 8th & 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) – Opens January 2016.
  • Viewing of the film finalist, the World’s best adventure movies!
  • Mountain Book & Literature events.
  • 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 gear trade show.
  • Art exhibitions.
  • Photography Competition (NZ$500 in prize money).
  • 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….


The Small Things

Ski resorts are opening, school holidays are just around the corner and it’s less than a month to launch of the 13th NZ Mountain Film Festival. We hope you have grabbed some tickets for films; but we also have adventures schools, a new mountain book event, an art walk, and the Dyno is back! Here is a quick update of new and old favourites that will be included in this years festival. Words and Wine – A Mountain Reading This year we are showcasing literature as a medium for capturing and sharing adventure stories. Beautiful Rippon Hall will host the … Continued

Molly Loomis climbing up Gamlang Razi on summit day

Tickets on Sale Now!

We have launched the 2015 Festival Programme and ticket sales. The festival will play over 70 films this year made by filmmakers from the likes of; Iran, Brazil, USA, Canada, Australia, France, Russia, USA, and Nepal. Another 15 of the films we will play are New Zealand made and most of them are NZ Premiers. Each year as the quality of the films increases, the imagination of the adventurers astounds us, and the creativity and cinematography presented by the filmmakers is incredible.

Horace and the rough stuff fellowship copy

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!