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Free screenings and 48-hour competition for Adventure Film Festival presented by GoPro

  • August 7, 2015

The Audi quattro Winter Games NZ 2015 Adventure Film Festival presented by GoPro has a fresh image this year, with an entirely free week-long event hosting creative and outstanding true-life international and New Zealand adventure films, in the Queenstown and Wanaka Games Villages.

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The late Shane McConkey (credit Graeme Murray/Red Bull Content Pool)

Winter Games NZ Festival Manager Malcolm Blakey said the support from GoPro has made it possible to develop the Adventure Film Festival into a free event with screenings at the Games’ own venues.

“We are fortunate to have GoPro on board for the first time and we are delighted with their support which has enabled us to make significant changes. For us to be able to show the films in our own venues and to provide free viewing is a major achievement.”

GoPro’s Sport Marketing Manager, Australia and New Zealand, Carlos McCarthy said GoPro has welcomed the opportunity to become involved with the Winter Games NZ Adventure Film Festival.

“We have a strong synergy with the Adventure Film Festival and what it aims to achieve. GoPro is an adventure based company which helps people capture distinctive and meaningful experiences and share them with others which is exactly what the creation of adventure films is all about. We share the same passion as the film makers and it is exciting to be involved with Winter Games NZ which is such a unique event. We think it’s a great mix.”

Blakey said the Games Villages will be transformed into intimate and comfortable theatres seating around 100 people, each night of the festival, following the après ski music sessions.

“We are positive there will be a good response to our ‘theatres’ and the quality of the films featuring in this year’s festival will be a huge drawcard for adventure enthusiasts.”

The films will alternate between Queenstown and Wanaka and on opening night in Queenstown renowned adventurer Chuck Berry will introduce McConkey, which focuses on professional freeskier and BASE jumper Shane McConkey, who died in 2009 while executing a ski-base jump in the Dolomites in Italy.

The film, made by Red Bull Media House, celebrates the life of an athlete who dared to conquer his dreams.

The festival line-up also includes unReal, a film that looks at breaking free from the confines of reality and venturing into a boundless world. For avid skiers Days of My Youth examines lifelong affinities for the sport while award-winning Almost Ablaze is a global odyssey combining state-of-the-art cinematography and the most progressive riding in the world.

Blakey said these and other feature films set in places such as Patagonia, Alaska, Sarajevo, Italy and New Zealand’s Southern Alps will appeal to a wide cross section along with a brilliant collection of short films which include Wrangle, New Areas with Old Friends and Riding on Thin Air.

Throughout the festival there will be special GoPro features and Red Bull movies including the BMX trip of a lifetime through New Zealand Tip to Tail, and Unrideables which is set in the Alaska Range.

An innovative highlight of the festival is the 48 Hour Film Festival Competition.

Interested teams are invited to register either at the Queenstown Games Village or by email by 5pm 26th August. Criteria will subsequently be provided for film makers to conceptualise their film, shoot and edit it by 5pm 28th August.

“The entries, which are created in just 48 hours, will be shown on the big screen at the Queenstown Village on the final night of the festival. The audience will be the judges with a major GoPro prize for the winning film,” said Blakey. “This is a great opportunity for local people to showcase their talents.”

Tickets for free screenings of all films during the Audi quattro Winter Games NZ Adventure Film Festival presented by GoPro from 23rd-29th August will be available via the Games website from 14th August.