Wanaka film-maker Tim Pierce captures footage for his
snowboarding film Red Bull Mates in Alaska, which was voted
the best New Zealand-made film at this year's New Zealand
Mountain Film Festival. Photo by Vaughan Brookfield
Wanaka film-maker Tim Pierce has won the New Zealand
Mountain Film Festival's award for best New Zealand-made film
for a second time.
His 25-minute film Red Bull Mates in Alaska follows
Queenstown snowboarders Jake Koia and Roland Morley-Brown as
they experience the fresh powder of the Alaskan backcountry
for the first time.
Judged the winner of the $1000 prize by a panel of 20
long-term festival supporters, the film edited together
footage of the downhill action with ''quite personal''
interviews with the snowboarders, putting it ''just a mile
ahead of the others'', festival director Mark Sedon said.
''Anybody can make a movie with a whole lot of snowboarding
clips, but to make it interesting to the masses you've got to
show some personalities and feelings ... and he managed to do
that really well.''
Mr Pierce was working out of town yesterday and could not be
reached for comment. His earlier ski film The Whole Nine
Yards - based in the mountains surrounding Mt Cook - won the
festival's best New Zealand-made film award in 2011.
The festival finished in Wanaka on Tuesday night, when the
winners of the best New Zealand-made film, the international
film editing competition and the photography competition were
The photography competition, new this year, was won by Ross
McKay, of Lake Hawea. Helena Cook, of Te Anau, won the youth
Entries were received from throughout the world for the
editing competition, which required raw footage of adventures
in the outdoors to be condensed into a two-minute cut. It was
won by Carla Braun-Elwert, of Twizel, with her entry What
will you do in Wanaka?.
The film festival continues in Queenstown at the Memorial
Hall today and tomorrow, with United States climber Kitty
Calhoun's talk and various film sessions.
A final festival show will be held at the Golden Gate Lodge,
in Cromwell, on Saturday evening.