Adventure Film Festival


This August, the Winter Games Adventure Film Festival returns to Queenstown with a jam-packed programme of spectacular adventure films, carefully selected to inspire and entertain. The films have been hand-picked from the best in the world, and many of them have recently won prizes in renowned film competitions around the globe.

These are films that portray a brave new world of adventure, a place of extremes where gravity and speed are toys to be played with. We look forward to sharing this world with you through high definition projection and state of the art surround sound.

Check out this year’s Short Film and Photography Competitions to see how you could become part of the festival

Tickets on SALE now for the August Winter Games Adventure Film Festival… Get in quick and don’t miss out on the jam-packed programme of spectacular adventure films! 

Airborne: The Life of Chuck Berry 
Base Jumping 26min
Remarkable life story of Red Bull’s longest serving professional athlete Chuck Berry, a Wakatipu-based master of the skies and all things aeronautical. If it can fly, Chuck’s flown it. Great insight into this highly inspirational character who has followed his dreams and turned his wild ideas into realities.



Unbreakable: The Western States 100 
Adventure Run 85min
Four of the greatest undefeated mountain runners on earth hit the start line at the Western States 100-mile endurance run, the oldest and most prestigious in the world. Ride shotgun in extreme US heat with two-time defending champion Hal Koerner, unbeaten 100-miler Geoff Roes, Anton Krupicka – who has won every ultra-marathon he ever entered – and two-time Ultra-trail du Mont-Blanc champion Kilian Jornet. There can be only one winner.


Snowboarding 60min
Jeremy Jones and other top freeriders travel to the world’s snowboarding meccas and venture past the boundaries of helicopters, snowmobiles and lifts to explore untouched realms. They endure all-night hikes, sleeping on mountain peaks and freezing temperatures to put the adventure back into riding.



Red Bull Flow Hunters 
White water rafting 24min 
Adventure kayaking foursome’s 35-day New Zealand adventure, which covers 8000km, descends 17 rivers and puts lives on the line. Kiwis Jared Meehan and Ben Brown are joined by American Rush Sturges, plus Mexican Rafa Ortiz as they tackle the wild waters of the West Coast, South Otago and North Island’s central volcanic plateau.



Snow Collective
Heli-skiing 52min
Adrenaline-fuelled skiers and snowboarders challenge themselves on the biggest mountains in the northern hemisphere as preparation for Wanaka’s very own annual World Heli Challenge. A creation of Tony Harrington, an extreme snow and surf documentary maker, who is founder and director of the World Heli Challenge.



Strength in Numbers 
Mountain Biking 90min
Incredible mountain bike film two years in the making. Top riders like Gee and Rachel Atherton, who’ve both spent summers carving it up in Queenstown, feature in this documentary covering different bike communities who all share the same passion.



Arctic Canoe 47min
Epic 2000km Arctic canoe journey from Yellowknife to Rankin Inlet provides the setting for an intimate view of the largest wilderness area in North America. Home to some of the greatest populations of large mammals on earth – and pressures from industry and climate change make the future of this sanctuary uncertain. Compelling portrait of the landscape plus a new discovery that will shock the natural world.


Vertical Sailing Greenland 
Climbing 55min
Four top climbers, Nico and Olivier Favresse, Ben Ditto and Sean Villanueva with Scottish Reverend Captain Bob Shepton, embark on a climbing and sailing expedition to the West Coast of Greenland. Despite the seriousness of the climbs, it shows them laughing, having fun and playing music in bizarre locations. The mission was awarded the Piolet d’Or for great style, high technical ability and camaraderie.


Proximity Flight 
Base Jumping 24min
Base jumpers Mike Swanson and Jon Devore don wing suits – webs of fabric between arms, legs and body enabling man to control high-speed flight – and leap off an 1800-metre high mountain in Mexico. They reach top speeds of 250km per hour and still fly in formation in close proximity to a towering rock face before releasing parachutes. Amazing free-fall imagery. 


On Assignment 
Climbing 6min
Behind-the-scenes adventure with famed photographer Jimmy Chin as he attempts to do justice to the cutting edge of climbing today in Yosemite National Park in the United States for a feature article going in National Geographic magazine. 


The Fall Line 
Skiing 13min
After losing his legs in a grenade blast in Iraq, 101st Airborne Ranger Heath Calhoun endures a tortuous recovery. Years later, Calhoun discovers a talent for ski racing and earns a chance to represent his country again – as an athlete on the 2010 Paralympic ski team. With a gold medal in the balance, Calhoun commits everything to the challenge. 


The Art of Flight
Snowboarding 90min
Star snowboarder Travis Rice and friends break new ground in Chile, Alaska and the Andes



 The Adventure Film Festival Programme

Friday, 8pm $20
– Guest speaker Queenstown’s Chuck Berry opens festival
– Short film competition finalists screening and awards
– Airborne: The life of Chuck Berry
– Unbreakable: The Western States 100
– Deeper  

Friday, midnight $10
– The Art of Flight

Saturday, 3pm $15
– Airborne: The life of Chuck Berry
– Unbreakable: The Western States 100
– Deeper 

Saturday, 8pm $20
– Photography competition finalists
– Guest speaker American kayak adventurer Ben Brown
– Red Bull Flow Hunters
– Snow Collective
– Strength in Numbers 

Sunday, 9am $10

– The Art of Flight 

Sunday, 3pm $15

– Red Bull Flow Hunters
– Snow Collective
– Strength in Numbers 

Sunday, 8pm $20
– Mammalian
– Vertical Sailing Greenland
– Proximity Flight
– On Assignment
– The Fall Line

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