78 films in festival

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.