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New Zealand Mountain Film and Book Festival program launched, film award winners announced


The NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival 2022 program has launched and tickets are on sale. The program features a world-class collection of speakers, workshops and adventure films.

Watch the NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival 2022 teaser video here: https://mountainfilm.nz/festival-video/

Downloadable versions of the trailer are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/home/2022%20Trailer

You are welcome to use them on your social networks and online platforms.

The International Adventure Film Competition attracted 150 entries, with 63 films selected to be screened at the event; this includes several world and New Zealand premieres. Over $5,000 was awarded across eight film categories, with New Zealand filmmakers being well represented among the winners.

The $1,000 Grand Prize went to House of the Gods by British director Matt Pycroft. The film follows famed British rock climber and adventurer Leo Houlding as he and his team embark on their real-world quest through 100km of pristine jungle, through unique slime forest and up the desperately steep face of Mt Roraima in the depths. of the Amazon rainforest.

“House of the Gods” is by far the most ambitious film we’ve ever made, says Matt. “It was a totally different endeavor for me, both from an expedition and a film production perspective. What got me excited about this project, aside from just the most sensational peak trip with a group of people that I love is the prospect of traveling along the wall with two local Akawaio natives. They are the people who live at the foot of Mount Roraima, who revere this mountain as a sacred place, and the climbing with them and this team has been an incredible experience.

He continues, “Film festivals around the world have changed so much since I’ve been in this industry and what I love about this festival is that it seems to retain a lot of the authentic core of what it’s all about. is to go on an adventure. mountain films and films while being both progressive and forward-looking. So it’s a real privilege and joy to have won our first ever Grand Prize at the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival.

House of the Gods will be screened as part of the evening on Saturday June 25 in Wānaka and Thursday June 30 in Queenstown.

The prestigious Hiddleston/MacQueen Award for Best Film Made in New Zealand, along with a $2,500 prize, went to director Maddy Whittaker for Traversing the Night. Alumnus of the Adventure Film School which takes place every year as part of the NZ Mountain Film Festival, Maddy’s film follows the four ‘Alpine New Zealand children’ as they set off from Arthur’s Pass on a trip of three months to cross the spine of the Southern Alps to Fiordland.

In addition to showcasing the beautiful alpine landscapes and the enthusiasm of four young climbers, the film is a courageous and honest account of the director’s personal journey to fight her underlying depression. Maddy says the film is aimed at the one-third of audiences who will experience a significant period of “prolonged mental distress” in their lives, and one-fifth of audiences who currently have a diagnosis of depression.

“I’ve seen a lot of movies in the outside world about amazing people doing amazing things,” says Maddy. “But I’d seen very few where the main character wasn’t just portrayed as strong or brave in the face of adversity. And, so, when I felt far from strong and brave as we walked through three months of the Southern Alps from Arthur’s Pass to Fiordland, I felt weak and like a failure. This film is an attempt to change that false narrative through a raw and real account of my journey through the mountains of the Southern Alps. South and the Mountains of My Mind It’s a huge honor that the hundreds and hundreds of hours I spent working on this film are rewarded with this award.

Maddy will be present at the festival to present her film which will be screened during the afternoon session on Saturday 25 June in Wānaka and the evening session on Thursday 30 June in Queenstown.

Festival director Mark Sedon said: “I am so thrilled with the high caliber of New Zealand films we have received this year. The Kiwis really went out and pushed their limits, capturing some amazing footage and then turning it into a movie for us to enjoy. It’s inspiring!

The full list of film competition winners is as follows:


House of The Gods Director Matt Pycroft, UK, NZ Premiere.


Crossing the Night Director Maddy Whittaker, New Zealand, World Premiere.


Ô’Parizad Director Guillaume Pierrel, France, subtitles, New Zealand Premiere.


Fly Monarca Director Benjamin Jorda, Canada, New Zealand Premiere.


Follow The Light Director Pierre Henni, France.


Breaking Trail Director Jesse Roesler, USA, New Zealand Premiere.


The Long Way Home (40 min) Directors Rebecca Wardell & Whitney Oliver, NZ, World Premiere.


The Great Alpine Highway – 73 Directors Fin Woods, Chris Maunsell & Craig Murray, NZ, World Premiere.


We don’t usually have Ice Creams Director Paul McCredie, New Zealand, World Premiere.


A White Dream Director Mathieu Le Lay, France, New Zealand Premiere.


Njord directors Caroline Côté, Arnaud Bouquet & Vincent Colliard, Canada, subtitles, New Zealand premiere.


Link Sar Director Graham Zimmerman, USA.

More information about the films is available here: https://mountainfilm.nz/films-speakers-2020/#item_tag-a-films

2022 marks the festival’s 20th anniversary and the vice-annual celebrations will include a chance to look back at some of the festival’s favorite films from the past two decades. Fans of the festival will have the opportunity to re-watch 2017’s hugely popular audience choice, Dodo’s Delight; the French musical Metronomic and Sinners legendary powder skiing. These films will be screened on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday June 29 in Wānaka and the evening of Saturday July 2 in Queenstown. These sessions are free but reservations must be made through the festival website.

Find the full festival program and buy tickets at mountainfilm.nz

Programs will also be available at Paper Plus in Wanaka or the North Face Store at 38 Shotover Street in Queenstown The NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival will take place in Wānaka from June 24-29 and in Queenstown from June 30-July 2, 2022. will also stream online in New Zealand and Australia from June 24 to July 24.


The NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival is a member of the International Alliance of Mountain Film, hosting speakers, a world-class film line-up and a wide range of literary events. It is a celebration of sports and adventurous lifestyles.

The festival organizes an international adventure film competition that receives applications from filmmakers around the world. The finalists make up the festival programme, which is broadcast offline and online. The standard is exceptionally high and the event sits on the world stage alongside other well-known events.

The Mountain Book competition also defends the theme of “adventure sports and lifestyles”. Written work is submitted in a range of categories to win cash prizes and compete for the New Zealand Mountain Book of the Year. The Mountain Book event also features author readings, old-fashioned storytelling, writing workshops, and children’s events.

The festival is run by the NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust and is a registered charity (#CC49344). The trust aims to promote, through its annual mountain film and book festival, healthy and active lifestyles, to encourage young people to take small, safe outdoor adventures, to inspire people to reach their full potential, to work cooperatively with others in the field of youth development. , to help people with disabilities enjoy outdoor activities and promote New Zealand arts, film, culture, environment and outdoor lifestyles.

Find out more at mountainfilm.nz

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