2024 Film & Book Competitions open for entries


Looking for a fun project for the new year? How about entering your film or book in the NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival! Over the course of our 22-year history, our festival has built a reputation for showcasing world-class films and has helped to launch the careers of some exciting up-and-coming creatives. The 2023 festival saw record audience numbers and many sell out shows so if you’re keen to share your story with a super-engaged audience, here’s your chance! Plus, there’s $9,000 in prize money up for grabs.

Entries are open from now until March 30 for the book competition and 20 April for films.

This year’s festival is on in Wānaka 21 – 25 June and Queenstown 27 – 28 June and the programme will include the finalists and winning entries from our film and book competitions. Audiences across New Zealand and Australia will also be able to watch the festival films online from 1 – 31 July.

Film Competition

The NZ Mountain Film Festival is a member of the International Alliance of Mountain Film, and we welcome entries from all around the globe as well as right here in New Zealand. Our Grand Prize winner takes home $2,500.

As New Zealand’s only adventure filmmakers’ competition we’re also keen to support Kiwi creatives and adventurers and offer a $2,500 prize for the Best New Zealand Made film.

The theme of the festival is adventurous sports and lifestyles but you’re welcome to add your own creative spin. If there’s a link with adventurous sports or people, the world’s mountains, lakes, rivers, oceans or skies provide the stage, or there is a cultural or environmental theme, you’re on the right track.

Award categories are:
– Grand Prize ($2,500)
– Best New Zealand-made Film; The Hiddleston/MacQueen Award ($2,500)
– Best Film on Climbing ($500)
– Best Film on Adventurous Sports and Lifestyles  ($500)
– Best Film on Mountain Culture  ($500)
– Best Environmental Film  ($500)
– Best Snow Sports Film  ($500)
– Best Solo Adventure Film  ($500)
– Best Short Film (10 minutes or less) – free entry if less than 5 minutes in length.
– Grass Roots Award ($500)
– People’s Choice

Book Competition
Author Beau MilesOur Mountain Book competition is also open to writers from NZ and around the globe. Again, the theme is Adventure Sports and Lifestyles and entries can be fiction or non-fiction. Winners and finalists are invited to join us as guest speakers at the festival in Wānaka where our adventure-loving audiences enjoy coming along for book readings and signings.

The Mountain and Adventure Narrative Award is for stories and accounts about specific adventures while the Mountain and Adventure Heritage Awards covers guidebooks, coffee table and picture books, history books, analyses, reflections on culture, environments or ethics, and advocacy. Both categories offer a $250 prize.

The Nankervis/Bamford NZ Mountain Book of the Year is awarded a generous $2,000 prize courtesy of the award’s founders, John Nankervis and Dave Bamford. It must be set in the mountains of Aotearoa/New Zealand or written by a New Zealander.  This prestigious prize is only awarded for a book of the very highest quality and may not be awarded every year.

If you’re a writer or publisher who would like to arrange a book launch at the NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival in Wanaka from 21 – 25 June, please get in touch via info@mountainfilm.nz