Queenstown Adventure Film Fest’s first four flicks are unveiled


The first four films for next week’s Queenstown Adventure Film Festival have been announced. 

The award-winning, short action flicks First Ascent – Alone on the Wall, Signatures, The Red Helmet and Follow Me have made the line-up for the fifth annual festival. 

The movies are screening nightly from August 12 – 15 at Queenstown’s Memorial Hall, with a 3pm matinee also on Saturday and Sunday. 

Director Kirsten Nicholl says the films inspire people to create their own adventures. 

“The line up this year will again motivate, stimulate and challenge everyone from the armchair adventurer to the hard core alpinist and will touch all who see it.” 

Brazilian muso Fernando Aragones will again be providing soulful sounds at the evening sessions. 

Punters can also see an exhibit of landscape snaps from Queenstown’s award-winning photographers Jackie Ranken and Mike Langford. 

Two longer adventure films, yet to be announced, will be shown on Monday, August 16.

The movies:
First Ascent – Alone on the Wall 
USA 2009, 24 minutes 

Directed and Produced by: Peter Mortimer and Nick Rosen
Production Company: Sender Films 

Grand Prize and Best Climbing Film – Kendal Mountain Film Festival 2009
Best Mountain Film – Trento Film Festival 2010
Best Climbing Film – Mountain Film in Telluride 2010
Grand Prize Audience Award – Alpinist Film Festival 2010 

CO-PRODUCED with National Geographic International, this film forms part of a six-part First Ascent series and is Sender Films’ proudest achievement yet. Beautiful cinematography and jaw-dropping athletic feats in the realm of climbing, BASE jumping and highlining that redefine the limits of human potential.
This installment features the phenomenal American climber Alex Honnold free soloing in a number of breathtakingly beautiful and challenging environments. Watch in awe as Honnold tackles two incredibly spectacular routes – Zion’s Moonlight Buttress and Half Dome’s Regular Northwest Face in Yosemite. An absolutely gripping nail-biter of a film.

USA 2009, 8 minutes (short, Kendal edit) 

Director: Nick Waggoner
Producer: Ben Sturgulewski
Production Company: Sweetgrass Productions 

Finalist best film on Mountain Culture – Banff Mountain Film Festival 2009 

SIGNATURES follows an entire winter deep in the hardwoods of Hokkaido, Japan. Deliciously deep January blower to April corn, we bring you a film about expression and the art of riding on snow. Every turn has a personality, and every personality has its own unique style. Signatures is 100% human powered riding in all snow-sliding styles: board, noboard, ski, and drop-knee. This soulful film “focuses on the riding, and on the art, we focus on blending the two into what we call film, both form and content”. This short film will have all powder addicts craving their fix and will leave you wanting more.

The Red Helmet
USA 2008, 6 minutes 

Directed by: Tyler Young
Produced by: Dave Barlia
Production Company: Expedition Films 

FINALIST Best Film on Mountain Sports, Finalist Best Short Mountain Film – Banff Mountain Film Festival 2008 

OVERCOME with fear, a young boy runs into the forest. He finds a magic red helmet and goes on the adventure of a lifetime. Slowly building courage, he is transformed, and returns to confront his boyhood fears. This film was produced, shot and edited in just five days at the 2008 Nissan Outdoor Games in Interlaken, Switzerland.

Follow Me
Canada 2010, approx 20 minutes (short) 

Produced by: Ian Dunn
Production Company: Anthill Productions 

FOLLOW ME is a new mountain bike movie from the crew who brought you the Collective, Roam and Seasons. This film takes the viewer inside the action, capturing the unique perspectives and HD imagery the crew is famous for. A modern portrait of mountain bike lifestyle, Follow Me gets back to basics and reminds us why we all love to ride bikes. Breaking from the traditional single rider format, Follow Me is based on the idea that “no one rides alone”; mixing and matching the world’s best downhillers, freeriders and slopestylers in some of the best places to ride on the planet. Follow Me is all about good times, pushing limits with your friends, crazy adventures and most importantly having fun your bike. It will change the way you see mountain bike films and get you stoked to get off the couch and ride.
“Their films tap into the psyche of our diverse culture and resonate with both old school soul riders and the new gondola-riding generation. They motivate us to ride and help give mountain biking its own distinctive voice in the infinite sea of action sport cinema.” Film Review, Bike Magazine