A record number of films will be screened at this year's 12th
New Zealand Mountain Film Festival in Wanaka and Queenstown
from July 4 to 11.
Festival director Mark Sedon said there was a noticeably
higher standard of production, professionalism and overall
delivery in this year's films, 78 of which will feature in
the festival line-up.
Of the 124 films submitted, 17 are from New Zealand. The rest
came from Russia, Slovakia, Europe, Asia, Canada, Ecuador,
Chile, Argentina, Australia, South Africa and Kenya.
For the first time in the festival's history, a panel
comprising past festival-goers will award the
Hiddleston/MacQueen Award for the best New Zealand-made film.
The film festival also features a film-editing competition,
which attracts entries from throughout the world; an
adventure writing workshop run by writer and film-maker Derek
Grzelewski; and a two-day adventure film school run by
film-maker and adventurer Hugh Barnard.