By PHILIP CHANDLER
A world tour of inspiring action, environmental and adventure films from Canada’s latest Banff Mountain Film Festival hits Queenstown for the 10th time next week.
Seven films screen at Queenstown Memorial Centre on Wednesday and a different eight the following night.
Each session includes a 45-46-minute film, a 32-36-minute film and a bunch of short films.
The longest on Wednesday, Climbing Blind, features Jesse Dufton attempting to become the first blind person to lead-climb Scotland’s Old Man of Hoy.
The next-longest, Return to El Guayas, sees three paddlers attempt the first descent of one of Colombia’s wildest rivers.
On Thursday, the longest film, Running the Roof, centres around three friends on a boozy night selecting a wild landscape to run based on where their finger landed on a spinning globe.
A six-minute film, The Legend of Tommy G, follows Belgian slopestyle rider Thomas Genon into a new sovereign territory, Bike Kingdom, where he and other mountain biking legends perform superhuman feats.
The Queenstown screenings are organised by the Central Otago section of the New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC), with proceeds split between the local section and the club nationally.
While it’s a fundraiser, local organiser Nigel Lloyd says ‘‘it’s also a good chance for people in the outdoor community to catch up and get excited for winter’’.
Tickets from eventbrite; $30 per night or $50 for both nights, $20 per night for NZAC members; screenings from 7pm.