Living on edge: Rock climber Lonnie Kauk's personal journey to discover his indigenous Yosemite roots features in the film, Deep Roots, screening in Queenstown on Thursday


The world’s largest mountain film festival, and one of the most prestigious, descends on Queenstown on Wednesday and Thursday.

Every year, the best films from the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival, in Canada, tour the world, enabling viewers to travel to remote vistas, appreciate adrenalin-packed action sports and learn about topical environmental issues.

The Queenstown event, in which eight separate short films are shown each night, raises funds for both the New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC), which presents the NZ leg, and its Central Otago section.

In past years the funding’s allowed the local section to host basic and intermediate snowcraft courses, training scholarships and volunteer-led trips and also buy equipment for members to rent.

This year’s films range from mountain biking through almost-surreal landscape in Turkey, ski touring through rock caves in Slovenia, hiking the 1900km Ice Age Trail in the Wisconsin winter, in the United States, with a sled dog, and a 22-metre-high dive over a frozen lake.

Local NZAC chair Wendy Johnston recommends people book early as tickets normally sell out — both nights start at 7pm at the Memorial Centre, tickets are on sale via Eventbrite.