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Gearing up: Vertigo Bikes mechanic and Queenstown Mountain Bike Club members Michael Thompson, left, and KC Till test out some film ideas

By MATTHEW MCKEW

A film festival making its premiere in Queenstown might be a chance for a new Spielberg to gain recognition, win a cool grand and promote the resort’s growing network of mountain bike trails.

Queenstown Mountain Bike Club, which earlier last week announced a 2022 biking festival, has teamed up with The World Bar to put on the Framerate film fest.

Pros to amateurs are asked to get out and record some sweet manoeuvres before 6pm on February 11, when the entries, which must be new footage, will be premiered in front of an audience to be judged the best.

Bike club president Chris Conway says the idea’s inspired by the hugely popular Crankworx Whistler Mountain Bike Festival in Canada.

‘‘It’s open to everyone, the contents just have to be shot in New Zealand … so really we see this hopefully evolving into NZ’s Mountain Bike Film Festival that Queenstown can be the birthplace of.’’

Films are to be between two and eight minutes long, and can be any genre but not Jackass-style.

Conway: ‘‘We’re hoping we get a real variety, from extreme stuff to funny stuff, natural terrain, all sorts.

‘‘Hopefully it’s a two-way thing, we can give a lot back by promotion of the up-and-coming talent, and likewise they can help promote the club and region and what we’re doing.’’

The World Bar marketing dude Chris Barnhart says it’s a great chance to showcase local talent.

‘‘For us it’s a platform for showcasing local filmmakers and riders — Queenstown’s mountain bike scene is exploding right now and we want a down-to-earth perspective of that.

‘‘We used to host something similar about eight years ago at a different bar, and it was immensely popular.’’

The two organisations will retain rights to the films for future promotional material, and Conway hopes that means global exposure for Queenstown through mountain biking trade press.

Prizes include $1000 cash, $1000 worth of Ilabb merch, Queenstown Mountain Bike Club stash and goodies from The World Bar.

All films will be shown on February 11 at The World Bar, from 6pm, and the crowd will decide the winner by popular vote.

The festival’s to be incorporated into the new Queenstown Bike Festival announced by Conway last week for next year, with the intention of becoming the best cycling event of its kind in the southern hemisphere.

Australian and professional Red Bull freestyle rider Remy Morton’s also signed up to the idea, and believes mountain bike superstars from across the globe will descend on Queenstown to demo their skills.

It could lead to Queenstown becoming the hottest destination in the world for pro riders gearing up for a competitive northern hemisphere season, Morton says.

To enter the film festival, contact: cuillin@theworldbar.com

matthew.mckew@scene.co.nz