Opening Night is Here!

Forgotten Highways

We made it: the doors open tonight on the 18th NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival

Wanaka and Queenstown’s first big event in a while! Two towns, 3 days, 54 films, 4 venues, 9 sessions, 4 speakers, 9 world premieres and 13 New Zealand-made films. It’s going to be epic! Online Nationally!

You will see Kiwi filmmakers on stage introducing their films and if you are a budding filmmaker, feel free to catch up with them as they will be at the festival during the weekend.

Follow along online, or grab more tickets to shows.

Thank you, thank you

Thanks go to our Patrons and funders. We raised $17,000 from funding bodies: Central Lakes Trust helped us set up our Online Festival; Otago Community Trust is helping make our live events happen; and QLDC funded us as part of their annual events funding.

We also raised almost $10,000 from donations from Friends, Patrons and Benefactors. Sponsorship income and ticket sales will be 75% less than regular years, but because of the donations, and a surplus from 2019, we are excited to bring the community a fun, inclusive, motivating event for all ages and all interests.

Thank you; we really appreciate your support.

People’s Choice Award

We would love to know which film you loved the most! Every year our festival audience votes on their favourite. We tally them up and let you know.

All talks shown for free on the festival website

Speakers include Jo Haines (Wanaka), Geoff Spearpoint (Christchurch), Tara Mulvany (Te Anau) and Scott Donaldson (Auckland). Each of the talks will be shown live online through the festival website here and then recorded and available anytime here.

Great trapping! Grant Scheme Applications open 1 July

Apply for funds to help people with disabilities buy specialised sporting equipment, train youth in outdoor skills and support local environmental initiatives. Applications are open 1 July until August 30. Find out more here.