Aussies who love the mountains will be pleased to hear the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival is back and available online with an exciting lineup of award winning films.

The Online Festival is a fantastic option for those who can’t make it to Wanaka for the festival in real time on June 23 to 30. The entire line up of films will be available to watch via the festival website from 23 June – 23 July.

Whether you’re an intrepid explorer or more of an armchair adventurer, the festival films are sure to entertain and inspire, taking audiences to some of most remote places on Earth, on skis, bikes, kayaks, paragliders, skateboards and more, and showcasing some truly breath-taking scenery and hair-raising adventures.

The NZ Mountain Film Festival is a member of the International Alliance of Mountain Film and has built a reputation for attracting world-class films.

This 2023 programme features 58 films and includes 11 world premieres.

Winner of the Best-NZ Made film, Changabang: Return to the Shining Mountain, by Kiwi director Nick Kowalski, follows the story of Australian Mountaineer Kim Ladiges. Kim was a member of an Australian/Kiwi team of three who, in the spring of 2022, travelled to the Indian Himalayas to try and repeat the West Face of Changabang.

The route was first climbed in 1976 by Joe Tasker and Peter Boardman and made famous by the book The Shining Mountain. The ascent was internationally celebrated and far ahead of its time, with many other teams trying and failing to repeat the achievement over the next 46 years.

Kim’s team spent nine days on the wall enduring cold, wind, daily snowstorms and each other.Catch the film online from Sunday 25 June to find out what happened.

There are two options for watching the festival films online:

Option One: An Online Festival Pass to watch all of the festival sessions on one device (NZ$49.95).

Option Two: One Session of films (2 – 2.5hrs) through a link valid for 24 hours on one device. (NZ$9.95).

Check out some of the film trailers, view the full programme and get your online festival tickets here.

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