Popular mountain film fest hitting Queenstown

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Thrilling adventure films from a world-renowned festival will screen to almost double last year’s audience in Queenstown. 

And the remarkable stories of climbing, skiing and expeditions from the world tour of Canada’s Banff Mountain Film Festival (BMFF) will also be shown in full High Definition. 

Hundreds of Queens-towners snapped up tickets for last year’s inaugural local screening of selected festival films.
This year the New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC) has moved the show to newly-restored Queenstown Memorial Centre, allowing an audience of 400 to watch the jaw-dropping films. 

NZAC’s local representative Nigel Lloyd says: “These are the best mountain and adventure films from the largest and one of the most prestigious mountain festivals in the world. 

“From around 380 films entered, award-winning films and audience favourites are chosen to travel the globe. The best of these films have been selected to show in Queenstown and they are sure to amaze, inspire and enthral people.” 

Queenstown is the first stop this year on the BMFF World Tour around NZ, with 12 screenings in nine centres overall. 

“As the ski season is fast approaching we have included several awesome ski films to help get people amped up,” Lloyd says. 

Others include incredible rock climbing films and a humorous expedition film following two Australian trekkers in Antarctica. 

All money raised goes to the NZAC, shared between the Otago section and the national organisation, which has sourced a special High Definition projector from Christchurch for the screening. 

BMFF World Tour, Queens-town Memorial Centre next Thursday, May 2, 7.30pm. Tickets are $25 from local shops or $27 online