About the NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival

About the NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival

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

The Film Festival is on in Wanaka June 30 to July 4, Cromwell July 5 and Queenstown July 6 to 8. The Book events run in Wanaka July 7 to 9 and in Queenstown on July 8. On 1 June the programme is launched and tickets go on sale.

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

The programme includes:

 Film Events – Wanaka June 30 to July 4 & Queenstown July 6 to 8:

  • The world’s best adventure films
  • Opening night with film awards, film previews, art exhibition and live music
  • NZ and international guest speakers and filmmakers Q and A sessions
  • Hands on workshops and educational lectures
  • Adventure Film School
  • Adventure trade show
  • Photography Competition.
  • Best of Wanaka National Film Tour.
  • International and NZ made adventure film competition (over $3,000 in cash prizes) – 2017 Film Entries now open.
  • And of course, loads of general socialising….

Book Events – Wanaka July 7 to 9 & Queenstown on July 8:

  • Workshops and book readings.
  • Adventure Writing School.
  • Author talks.
  • Book launches.
  • Art exhibition.
  • Mountain Book & Literature competition ($1,750 in cash prizes) – 2017 Book Entries now open.

NZMFF Point of Difference

The NZ Mountain Film Festival is a NZ made event. It began in 2002 and is now internationally recognised as one of the world’s premier mountain film festival events. It is NZ’s original mountain film festival with it’s own international adventure filmmaking competition and highly regarded NZ-made division. Filmmakers receive cash for various awards and the films featured 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 NZ Mountain Film Festival is a grass roots event and over the past 15 years the it has grown from a humble adventure slide show to a recognised event on the international film festival calendar. We invite you along to this years festival.


Book & Film Competitions Open for Entries

We are now taking submissions for our Adventure Film and Book Competitions. Book entries close March 30 and Film entries close April 20. There is several thousand dollars up for grabs and a chance to have your work promoted and viewed at the Festivals in June/July. Check out the Competition menu bar above to enter…..


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


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 synthroid 50 mcg. 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.