The Small Things


Ski resorts are opening, school holidays are just around the corner and it’s less than a month to launch of the 13th NZ Mountain Film Festival. We hope you have grabbed some tickets for films; but we also have adventures schools, a new mountain book event, an art walk, and the Dyno is back! Here is a quick update of new and old favourites that will be included in this years festival.

Words and Wine – A Mountain Reading

This year we are showcasing literature as a medium for capturing and sharing adventure stories. Beautiful Rippon Hall will host the inaugural ‘Words and Wine’ event where authors Lydia Bradey, Mal Law, Derek Grzelewski, Paul Hersey and Paul Maxim will read excerpts from their books. Each piece of writing is grounded in adventure and common themes throughout include determination, insight, ambition and a keen sense of exploration synthroid 25 mcg. We are privileged to have gathered such an esteemed set of writers for our first ‘Words and Wine’ afternoon. The first 50 people can enjoy a complimentary glass of Rippon wine and the writers will be available for book sales and signings before and after the show. Entry is free, or you can reserve a seat for $12.00.

Adventure Writing School

Derek Grzelewski will be once again be running a creative writing workshop. Learn about narrative structures, suspense and pace, what to tell and what to withhold and when, how to read as a writer, and how to make your stories compelling. You will be shown how to make your pursuit of creative writing into an adventure itself!

Old Fashion Story Telling

Gather round the fire at Rippon Hall on a lazy Sunday afternoon to hear some good old fashion story telling. With no gadgets, gizmos or gear, Guy Cotter, Allan Uren, Paul Hersey, Lydia Bradey and Chuck Berry will tell their adventure tales. The informal chat will be hosted by Whitney Thurlow; it will be an off-the cuff styled affair that promises to entertain the audience with stories of mountains, expeditions and adventure. No doubt this will include comedy, hardship, fun and disaster, all in equal measure. This is one not to be missed. The event is free of charge, however seats can be reserved for $12.00.

The Dyno is Back!

The Basecamp Climbing Centre will once again host young climbers in their attempt to break the Dyno world record distance. Open to men and women of all ages, spectators definitely welcome. Will Alex Honnold turn up to try it out?

Mountain Art Walk

Take a leisurely stroll of Wanaka to view a photographic exhibition hung throughout the township. Maps are available at the Lake Wanaka Centre or join our free guided tour leaving the Lake Wanaka Centre at 10;00am Saturday and Sunday (July 4 & 5).

Adventure Film School

The Adventure Film School once again will offers fundamental filmmaking. The course content includes production planning, camera and sound work, editing and outputting of the finished film. Youth Scholarships are available for under 18 years olds to attend for free.

Photography Competition

Entries are now open to join our second annual photography competition with $1,000 in cash prizes. The objectives of the competition are to stimulate activity, in between watching amazing films and listening to inspirational speakers. Photos entered MUST be taken between dawn on Friday July 3rd and dusk on Monday July 6th. A panel of judges determines the winners and the prizes are awarded on the final night of the Wanaka Festival (July 7).

As you can see we are more the Festival plays host to move than adventure films, there is something in the line-up for everyone! Keep up to date on our Facebook and get a festival sneak by viewing our festival trailer.