Film festival showcases local pro snowboarder


A hotshot Arrowtown snowboarder features in an uplifting adventure film festival to be screened in Queenstown. 

The 28-year-old rider Jake Koia, who has been snowboarding since he was nine, is one of the Red Bull-sponsored stars showcasing their skills in Pretty Wise. 

The whimsical, inspiring flick is one of two so far announced for the Winter Games Adventure Film Festival. 

Now in its third year, the sell-out film festival will screen spectacular films supplied by Red Bull Media House at Reading Cinemas and Queenstown Memorial Centre in late August. 

Winter Games NZ Festivals manager Malcolm Blakely has also pinned down a new commercial partnership with Auckland Airport, a 24.99 per cent shareholder in Queenstown Airport Corporation. 

“It is a great boost for the event and will help it continue to grow as it enters its third year,” Blakely says. 

Landing Auckland Airport as the naming sponsor opens up a wide range of promotional opportunities for the festival and the games itself, Blakely adds. 

“We’re also delighted to be working with Red Bull, bringing some of the most exhilarating films featuring the world’s most daring athletes to Winter Games NZ.” 

Where the Trail Ends, a film following the world’s top freeride mountain bikers as they search for un-ridden trails around the globe, is the other film announced so far. 

And professionally-shot films will not be the only ones screened during the final week of the games. 

The film festival competition invites worldwide submissions of adventure feature films, which are longer than 15 minutes, plus adventure short films. 

Submissions close June 30 and prizes are up for grabs. 

Winter Games NZ – one of the top five events on the international winter sports circuit featuring seven World Cup events – runs from August 15-25.