Wānaka Sun       

NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival -the show must go on

Posted at 6:00am Thursday 14 May, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

 The NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival is forging ahead to run the  annual live festival in both Wānaka and Queenstown in late June. 

The charitable trust's goal is to deliver the best event possible, adapted to follow the government guidelines for events and gatherings. 

The organisers have created a flexible plan, able to be adapted to any restriction level. This includes several smaller events as well as online screenings of the festival favourites.

Festival director Mark Sedon explained the approach: “We feel it's important to run our event, albeit a little differently to other years. Based on feedback we feel that by the time we get to late June everyone will be ready to get out and about, providing they feel they are safe. Our core goal is to bring some inspiration to our audience when they need it most and continue to bring people in our adventure community together both on  and off-line. Our hope is that we are in Level 1 or 2 by this time; regardless, we will have some awesome viewing ready for the festival fans.”

 The 18th NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival is scheduled to run live in five venues in Wānaka and Queenstown simultaneously from June 26 -28. The smaller venues will restrict numbers and allow for social distancing and seat numbers for contact tracing should it be required. The events will include the opening night, guest speakers, award winning films and books. 

The trust has received over 188 entries in the filmmaker competition including a record number of NZ made entrants (25) and the best of these films make up the sessions in these categories: NZ Pure, Snow Show, Environmental and Cultural.  These sessions will be hosted nationally online from June 26 to July 5.

The award-winning films and books will be announced on June 1 when the full festival programme and tickets will be made available at mountainfilm.nz

Read edition 974 of the Wānaka Sun here.



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