NZ Mountain Film Festival: June 28-July 6

NZ Mountain Film Festival: June 28-July 6

The 2019 NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival will host two of the greatest athletes of all time, Lynn Hill (USA) and Annabel Anderson (NZ).

Keynote speakers, Lynn Hill and Annabel Anderson, will present during the festival that runs from June 28 to July 6 in Wanaka and Queenstown. Both women are world champions in their vastly different disciplines; rock climbing and stand-up paddle boarding; they are known for pushing physical boundaries and dominating in their respective sports.

Lyn Hill’s presentation at the festival, ‘Ascending Women’ is the story of Lynn’s life as a pioneer in what was once a male-dominated community: the sport of rock climbing. Hill changed the definition of what is possible in rock climbing with her first free ascent of the most famous big wall climb in the world; “The Nose” on El Capitan in Yosemite Valley, California. Over nineteen years later, Tommy Caldwell and Lynn are still the only two people in the world to have succeeded in making a free one-day ascent of The Nose.

Annabel Anderson, a Wanaka local, has held the world title for stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) for 6 years in a row. She is one of the most dominating performers in her sport. She stepped down from defending her title in 2018 after she comfortably won the world championships at the Pacific Paddle Games in 2017. She also won the 2018 Female Performance of the Year award and the title of overall number one SUP racer in the world – male or female. She is the only woman to have ever achieved the honour.

© Ben Thouard : – www.benthouard.com

The festival presents a wide range of films, guest speakers, workshops and presentations from inspirational adventurers from within NZ and around the world. Our films and books tell stories of adventure sports, foreign cultures, remote travel and environmental issues.

The NZ Mountain Film and Book Festival is a member of the International Alliance for Adventure Film hosting both international and NZ speakers, a world-class line up of films, and a broad range of literary events, all celebrating adventurous sports and lifestyles. The 2019 event will run in Wanaka June 28 to July 3, Queenstown July 4 to 6 and Cromwell July 7.

Festival passes are on sale now for Wanaka and Queenstown. General tickets are on sale June 1.

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