The festival holds a filmmaking competition that receives submissions from both New Zealand and international filmmakers. The winners and finalists make up the festival programme screened in Wanaka and Queenstown. The standard is very high and we receive over 130-150 entries for the competition. The Mountain Book competition was added in 2015 and writers submit books for judging and awards Readings and talks ideas are developed from the books submitted.
The Adventure Film Makers competition and Book competition open for entries on January 1st, and close on April 30 (film) and March 30 (book), 2021.
We also invite a well know international guest speaker and 10-12 NZ adventurers/writers to talk. We put on a community avalanche awareness lecture and an in-expensive schools programme. We also run art, film, photography, writing, poetry or other topical workshops over the event in Wanaka. A two day Adventure Film School is run in conjunction either just before the festival, or during.
We invite artists and photographers to display their work in an exhibition that is free for visitors to view. We run silent auctions to raise money for charitable causes set out in our Trust Deed.
Films and speakers are screened in themed ‘sessions’ consisting of 3-6 films and a where appropriate a speaker. There are a variety of the types of tickets sold: a ‘Festival Pass’ gives access to all sessions at the festival and ‘Single Session’ tickets are also sold. We aim to keep the admission prices as low as possible to get as many people experiencing the festival as possible. Approximately 50% of the visitors are from Wanaka and the other 50% coming to Wanaka for the festival.
Film competition. Book competition.
Festival director: Mark Sedon
Head programming: Mark Sedon
17 Drake Place, Lake Hawea, Otago 9382, New Zealand