The 2022 New Zealand Mountain Film & Book Festival is a combination of events over 9 days of June 24 to July 2 in Wanaka and Queenstown. The NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival is a non-profit registered charitable trust and a registered charity.

The festival provides an opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their work, receive merit and win cash prizes. We invite you to submit your film for pre-screening consideration. All films selected as finalists will be screened at our festival in June/July, 2022.

The theme is: Adventurous Sports and Lifestyles. But please be aware subject matter criteria is extremely broad and as long as there is a link with adventurous sports or people and take place in the world’s mountains, lakes, rivers, oceans or skies, that’s fine (mountain climbing, rock or ice climbing, caving, kayaking, white water rafting, base jumping, paragliding etc are all included).

Activities scheduled include
International and NZ made adventure film competition (over US$3000 in cash prizes).
– Closes April 20.
Viewing of the film finalist, the World’s best adventure movies!
Awards night with films, winning film previews and live Music.
NZ & International Guest speakers.
Mountain Book & Literature competition and events.
Workshops and book readings.
Two Day Adventure Film School and also an Adventure Writing School.
Adventure gear trade show.
Art exhibitions.
Photography Competition.
And of course, loads of general socialising….

Entries are judged in the following categories: Entrants need not specify a category unless they only wish to be considered for one.

Grand Prize US$1000
Best Film on Climbing US$200.
Best Film on Adventurous Sports and Lifestyles US$200
Best Film on Mountain Culture US$200.
Best Environmental Film US$200.
Best Snow Sports Film US$200.
Best Short Film (15 minutes or less).

Best New Zealand made Film; The Hiddleston/MacQueen Award NZ$2,500.

People’s Choice

Rules and Entry Details

The Judges reserve the right to withhold prizes in any category they consider not to be of a sufficiently high standard. Their decision will be final and neither the judges nor the organisers will enter into any correspondence regarding their decisions.
All cash prizes are in New Zealand or American dollars
Awards may be presented to the director or the producer of the film.
Special Jury Awards may be given to films deserving recognition.
Entries are not limited to one award and many films could fit into a couple of categories.
Please indicate if you are also entering the New Zealand filmmakers category.
The dispatching of any entry to the festival implies acceptance of these procedures and regulations by the entrant.
Entries can be of any duration, in either: narrative, story, animated or experimental art form, and can be submitted by professional or amateur filmmakers.
Filmmakers from any country may enter the festival.
The Best New Zealand made film prize must be collected by a New Zealand citizen or resident, but need not necessarily be filmed in New Zealand.
The judges decision will be final.
Entry Details
Entries with soundtracks in any language other than English MUST be accompanied by an English translation in sub titles and/or narrative.
Entries MUST be accompanied by a short summary of the film.
Films must either be in English, or have English subtitles.
An admission charge will be made to the public in order to defray the costs of the festival.
Receipt of entries will be acknowledged by the festival organisers as long as the correct e-mail address is supplied and ONLY if a requested.
Finalists will be notified by June 1st, 2022.
The entrant acknowledges and agrees that all maters not covered by these Regulations, and questions arising from them, will be decided by festival organisers or the festival jury at their sole discretion.
Screening fees will not be paid.

Technical Requirements
We like all films to be supplied as .mp4 or .mov files with dimensions of 1920 x 1080. 1080p and h264 codec. The file should not be bigger than 12GB.

All entries will be downloaded and then viewed prior to the festival by a pre-selection committee chaired by the Festival Director. Finalists chosen by this committee will be screened by the public over the festival. Winners will be announced approximately 4 weeks prior to the festival. The jury reserves the right not to make an award, and its decision will be final.

Finalists can be download via your FTP, or by sending us a Dropbox invite or from your Vimeo site. PAL standard preferred (but NTSC accepted). All computer files are destroyed after the festival and we take great pride in not sharing your hard work with ANYONE.

Promotional Material
Entries must be accompanied by two images from the film for the festival promotional use. Photos saved as jpegs can be attached to the entry form or e-mailed afterwards.

By entering into the festival, the entrant represents and warrants that:
i. It has the authority to enter the film in the festival.
ii. It owns all right, title and interest, including the copyright and all intellectual property rights, in and to the film being submitted to the Festival and has the right to distribute, exhibit and promote the film in or through all media formats now known or hereafter devised.
iii. No material in the film being submitted by the entrant to the festival is libellous or defamatory or violates the rights of privacy or publicity of any person and the full use of the rights in such film will not violate any rights, including copyright or moral rights, of any person, firm or corporation.
iv. The Entrant grants the Festival licensees and assigns the right to copy and version the entry in its entirety to facilitate technical operations of the Festival, in and through any and all media formats now known or hereafter devised.
v. The Entrant grants the Festival licensees and assigns the right to use up to three minutes from the entry AND accompanying photos submitted to the Festival for promotional purposes of the Festival in or through any and all media formats now known or hereafter devised.
vi. All music licences (including, without limitation, all synchronization, mechanical and master-use licences, as applicable) have been obtained and all payments have been made that are required for the public performance of the music incorporated in the film.
vii. By entering the NZ Mountain Film Festival’s competition, the entrant acknowledges and agrees to all entry rules and regulations of the Festival.

The entrant agrees to indemnity the NZ Mountain Film Festival, their respective successors, licensees, and their respective officers, Trustees, directors, members, agents and employees and hold them harmless from and against any and all claims, liability, losses, damages, costs, expenses (including reasonable legal fees), and penalties arising out of, resulting from, based upon or incurred because of a breach by the entrant of any statement, representation or warranty made by the entrant in the entry form, these procedures and regulations.

Entry Instructions
Entry forms (online), promotional images (online or email) and a digital version of the film delivered to the Festival office via download.

The greatest possible care will be taken to secure your films and no unauthorised screenings will take place, but in saying this, no responsibility for loss or damage will be accepted by the festival organisers.

Any other questions or inquires should be directed to the Festival Director, Mark Sedon. E-mail: Phone +64 27 490 9003.

Overall Rating
  • Colin Sytsma

    Great communication! I wasn't able to attend, but wish I could've. Maybe next year!

    October 2019