One of the world’s top ice climbers is coming to Queenstown for the New Zealand Mountain Film Festival.
American Kitty Calhoun is keynote speaker for this year’s festival, held across Queenstown today (Thursday) and tomorrow and Wanaka over the past week.
Calhoun will regal an audience at Queenstown Memorial Centre with tales of her climbing adventures in America, Peru, Bolivia, Alaska, Argentina, and Nepal.
Her talk today will be accompanied by several of the world’s best adventure films, including the 2014 Grand Prize winning film Footsteps on the Ridge.
Festival director Mark Sedon says: “We’re expanding the festival’s offering in Queenstown this year.
“We get a lot of people coming over from Queenstown to Wanaka, so thought we might as well put more across there.
“We’re a charitable trust and a NZ made festival but regarded as up there with the likes of Banff (Canada) and Kendal (UK).
“The high calibre of the speaker and films is designed to inspire people into safe, outdoor adventures.”
Queenstown Climbing Club president Guillaume Charton is a finalist in the NZ-made category with his film Wye We Love It, about climbing in nearby Wye Creek.
The winner will be picked at the festival and win $1000.
Sedon says one of the highlights this year will be new free youth programmes.
Under 18s are invited to attend the programme, which starts tomorrow (Friday) at 12.30pm in Queenstown with a talk by Sedon and the screening of three adventure films.
“Offering youth an insight into the possibilities of adventure lies at the heart of the festival’s mandate”, Sedon says.
The festival has several screening sessions today and tomorrow.
Tickets can be bought online at mountainfilm.net.nz or from Queenstown Memorial Centre.