Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Competition, thought to be World First, has all eyes on Wanaka

UPDATE: All you need to do to enter is send an email to with your name and a brief bio and head shot photo to register! 
Open to editors the world over.
Limited places. $$ to be won!


How do you get more people attending the NZ Mountain Film Festival when most of the seats in the Lake Wanaka Centre are full each evening?? 
Well, you start a new competition..... possibly a world first; an Adventure Film Editing Competition. Mark Sedon, supported by Lake Wanaka Tourism is the brain child of the new idea. “We have filmed a carbon free adventure” says Sedon, “and we’ll give the footage to film makers from NZ and around the world so that they can make a 3 minute film”. 
Sedon and Wanaka cameraman, Simon Rasmussen rode their mountain bikes from Lake Hawea township around to Breast Peak, climbed up a steep ridge, then Sedon flew off on his paraglider. “The US$1000 first prize is sure to attract a lot of budding film makers” says Sedon. Entries to the competition open June 1, the film editing starts June 10 until 17 when the 10 best films will be displayed online, and during the July 1 to 5 festival. Festival visitors will get a special screening and vote for their favorite film with the winner announced on the last evening. 
“Its really going to show case the stunning scenery of the Wanaka/Hawea area” says Sedon, “plus highlight the fantastic adventure activities that the region naturally attracts”. 
Speakers at the July 1 to 5 Festival have been confirmed. After many years of trying, Mark & Jo Sedon have managed to confirm Greg Child as this year’s keynote speaker for Wanaka’s 9th festival. US based Child is considered an especially literate mountaineering storyteller and he was honored with the American Alpine Club's Literary Award for his prolific and insightful mountaineering literature. His book Postcards From the Ledge took home the Banff Mountain Festival Book Award in 1997 and he also won an Emmy for his video Hitting the Wall in 1998. Accompanying Child is Debbie Chambers, one of NZ's most accomplished adventure racers, Lake Hawea climber Lydia Bradey, arguably one of our festival's most entertaining adventure speakers, snow sports photographer and adventurer Steve Eastwood and Kiwi hard man, Steve Gurney.
The festival runs July 1 to 5 and also features 40-50 adventure films with several world and NZ premiers, workshops, art displays, return of the world record ‘Dyno’ attempt, live music, adventure trade show and of course lots of general socialising. Watch the web page for updates or sign up for the newsletter at

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