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Mountain FF looks forward to winter

The NZ Mountain Film Festival will run for the 14th year in Wanaka and Queenstown from July 1 to 9. This iconic event will once again host world-class speakers, filmmakers and authors who are adventurers and storytellers in their own right. New this year is the opportunity for loyal supporters of the festival to purchase their Festival Pass a month earlier than normal on May 1st, so mark your calendars!

Here’s a taste of what we have on offer for 2016:

Keynote Speaker – Chris Davenport
We are chuffed to announce Chris Davenport (pictured, top), one of the world’s most accomplished big mountain skiers, will be headlining the festival this year. Chris is a successful mountaineer, father, environmentalist, husband, author, professional commentator, speaker and he is one of the world’s best skiers. His friends describe him as driven yet humble and they call him Dav for short. Dav is someone Barry Crump would describe as A Good Keen Man. Good, meaning he is really good at everything that he does, but also good in the sense that he puts his weight behind environmental initiatives such as Protect Our Winters.

And keen, among his many achievements are two-time winner of the World Extreme Skiing Championships, a bronze medal winner in the Winter X Games and Davenport also skied the Lhotse Face of Mount Everest in 2011. In 2007 Chris became the first person to ski all fifty-four of Colorado’s 14,000-foot peaks in less than one year.

We welcome Chris to the Festival in 2016 to speak about his life of adventure in the mountains.

New Book & Literature Festival
Our book and literature event uses the medium of writing to showcase adventure and adventurous lifestyles. The event, held at the beautiful Rippon Hall, involves Old Fashion Storytelling, author readings and the Mountain Book & Literature competition. The writing competition invites authors and writers to enter their work under three possible categories for the chance to win cash, these categories include:

Rippon Hall – Mountain Book Festival
Adventure Travel, Mountain/Adventure Fiction and Poetry and, Mountain and Adventure Literature. See our web page for more details on the competition and if you have a book, enter here NOW!

The Grand Prize Book Award will be presented to work chosen from the above categories; there is a modest prize pool of $500. The festival provides an opportunity for writers to showcase their work, sell books, receive merit and win cash prizes.

And for us, the audience, an awesome opportunity to hear from, meet and question NZ writers and authors at the fablous Rippon Hall….

Contact us for more details.

Travellers and Out-of-Towners
For those of you travelling to the Southern Lakes you can grab your festival tickets now and book your accommodation, all in one go! We have teamed up with the Edgewater Hotel and Matterhorn South Backpackers to offer 2 and 5 night packages.

Edgewater Hotel (4 star)
5 night Luxury Package from $595 and a 2 night Weekend Escape from $330 per person, includes Festival Passes.

The Matterhorn South (Backpackers)
5 night Festival Package from $335 and a 2 night Weekend Escape from $215 per person, also includes Festival Passes (in private backpackpacker rooms with shared bathrooms).

Click here for full details.

Jump in quick and get a sweet package deal, all offers are subject to availability.

Benefactors, Patrons and Friends of the Festival
We have a wonderful group of festival Benefactors, Patrons and Friends. These individuals support the festival with one off, tax-deductible donations starting at $50 which go towards funding speaker invitations, the film competition costs and programme expenses. If you are passionate about our festival we invite you to donate to the cause. The festival has proven to be cyclic in nature where films inspire more people into adventures, which inspire more people to make adventure films. The donations we receive help to foster the celebration of this cycle through the running of the festival. We are a not for profit, registered charity with a mandate to invest in the success of this event. Every little bit counts! Find out how to donate here.

Our full programme is announced on June 1st and we will release regular Newsletters updating you on the programme and events as they come to hand….

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