A scene from the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival's grand
prize-winning film Footprints on the Ridge. Photo supplied.
A pair of Slovakian film-makers have been awarded the New
Zealand Mountain Film Festival's grand prize for their film
Footprints on the Ridge
The story follows two friends on a winter traverse of
Slovakia's Western, High, and Belianske Tatras - a long
ridgeline formed by more than 130 extreme peaks and towers.
Alena Koscova and Palo Barabas spent several days in
perilous, freezing conditions filming the adventurers.
''It was an extraordinary experience to be there and to see
how strong friendship and willpower can be,'' Koscova said.
The best snow sports award, announced for Mission Antarctic,
follows professional extreme snowboarder Xavier de Le Rue on
a small boat on his search to find steep, unridden terrain in
UK director Alastair Lee's film The Last Great Climb,
also set in the Antarctic, was awarded this year's best film
The adventurous sports and lifestyles category was won by
The Cave Connection - Into the Unknown, a story
set in New Zealand's deep unexplored cave systems, best short
film went to 35, a story of a unique way to celebrate your
35th birthday, and the best film on mountain culture and
environment went to High Tension, about conflict high on Mt
Seven New Zealand finalists, five of whom are from Wanaka,
are vying for the Hiddleston/MacQueen Award for the best New
Zealand-made film - to be announced during the festival.
The 12th festival will take place in Wanaka, Queenstown and
Cromwell from July 4 to 11.