Adventurer Chuck’s film fest moment

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Spectacular international tales of adventure will be screened in the thrill-seeking capital of the world next month. 

Organisers of the annual Queenstown Adventure Film Festival have hand-picked 11 films to be aired during the three-day event beginning August 24. 

Local Red Bull-endorsed aviator and base jumper Chuck Berry (right) will be among the line-up – Berry will also open the festival as a guest speaker. 

Airborne – The Life of Chuck Berry kicks off the popular film festival, which will be screened at Reading Cinemas for the first time. 

Other films are: Unbreakable – The Western States 100 – a tale of the world’s best mountain runners competing in the oldest and most prestigious 100-mile (160km) foot race; big mountain snowboarding flick Deeper; Snow Collective – a documentary featuring Kiwi skiers and riders getting amongst New Zealand and international big mountain snow; and mountain bike flick Strength in Numbers. 

Mammalian tells the story of a 2000km canoe journey in North America, Vertical Sailing Greenland follows four climbers on a climbing/sailing expedition, Proximity Flight looks at base jumpers launching themselves off mountains, On Assignment is a behind-the-scenes look at photographer Jimmy Chin climbing in Yosemite and The Fall Line follows former Iraq soldier and amputee Heath Calhoun as he competes in the 2010 Winter Olympics as a ski racer. 

Red Bull Flow Hunters, a documentary about an epic journey of kayakers on NZ rivers, is also in the line-up. Top pro Kiwi paddler Ben Brown, who features in the film, is a guest speaker at the festival. 

Festival organiser Malcolm Blakey says he believes the event has massive potential to grow into a major showcase for the town. 

“As a mecca for adventure and extreme sports, Queenstown is the perfect place to build a world-renowned adventure film festival. With good community support this event can grow to match the festivals hosted in Europe and North America.” 

Tickets are $20 and will be on sale at wintergamesnz.com/adventurefilmfest or at Reading Cinemas during the festival. 

Entries are also flowing in for the festival’s short film and photography competitions, which will be judged on August 24. Entries close at the end of this month. Prizes include Skyline mountain bike seasons passes and vouchers for film and photography equipment.