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Kiwis at the top of NZMFF

The 2015 NZ Mountain Film Festival line-up sees Kiwi adventurers, directors, environmentalists and filmmakers win top accolades at this years’ event including – for the first time – the Best Environmental Film award.


David Walden’s previous short Push

The award for the Best NZ Film goes to David Walden’s 2 Minute Men, a mind-blowing exposé of an 1800m wingsuit descent from Rob Roy Low Peak to the valley floor in Aspiring National Park.

A different view of the wilderness in which Walden and his team play is seen through the lens of wildlife documentary maker Brendon Maloney, who offers a glimpse of the Department of Conservation’s activity in Fiordland in Pest Free?. Maloney’s film wins the Best Environmental Film award for 2015.

The films at the festival will showcase adventures that include first ascents, first flights, first descents and final frontiers. The festival will feature four world premiers and reveal never seen before footage of climbing, freeskiing, wingsuit base jumping and youth development in the outdoors.

World premieres include Re-Establishment, which follows freeskier Sam Lee on his journey recovering from injury back to the Freeride World Tour; The Moments We Make by NZ director and festival stalwart Paul Hersey, which follows two teams as they attempt to summit Anidesha Chuli, an unclimbed mountain in eastern Nepal; and Branches Camp – Learning in the Outdoors, which presents an insight into how Kiwi kids can get a taste for adventure on a three-day tramp to Lake Lochnagar.

Festival Director Mark Sedon said, “It is extremely satisfying to see so many high-quality Kiwi films winning awards at this year’s festival. We hope the festival continues to inspire more films and more adventures.”

The NZ Mountain Film Festival will run in Wanaka and Queenstown 3 – 11 July. Tickets go on sale 3 June.

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