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Audi quattro Winter Games NZ brings adventure to the big screen

  • August 1, 2013

The Adventure Film Festival presented by Auckland Airport, part of this month’s Audi quattro Winter Games NZ, is ready to roll and get audiences’ adrenalin pumping on big screens in Queenstown and Wanaka. Tickets for all showings are now on sale and the entry period for its two film making competitions has been extended to Wednesday 14 August.

Following the sell-out competition sessions in 2012, organisers are promoting the Over The Top Helicopters Feature Film Competition and Skyline Short Film Competition to filmmakers from around the world who have an adventure film to share.

Malcolm Blakey, Winter Games NZ Festivals Manager, said an amazing selection of films had been entered so far including Ode to the Bicycle by Wanaka-based filmmaker, Tim Pierce, that can be previewed online via his Vimeo channel, as well as a poignant follow up from last year’s winner who subsequently broke his neck mountain biking and has made a film about his experience.

“We know there are producers out there making final editing cuts and finishing touches to their movies so wanted to show as many as possible at our competitions session at Queenstown Memorial Centre on 24 August,” he said.

A scene from 'Ode to the Bicycle' by Tim Pierce (credit: Jossi Wells)
A scene from ‘Ode to the Bicycle’ by Tim Pierce (credit: Jossi Wells)

“The audience will decide who scoops the two awards by voting for their favourite movie in each category on the night. In addition, we’re running a competition on our Facebook page which gives two people the chance to get a ride up to Cardrona Alpine Resort in the Red Bull Hummer for a day’s skiing followed by free tickets for movies in either Queenstown or Wanaka that evening.”

Mr Blakey said the opening night gala at Reading Cinema is all but sold out, but tickets were still available for a total of 24 films showing at Reading Cinema, Queenstown, Cinema Paradiso, Wanaka and the newly refurbished Memorial Centre also in Queenstown.

The programme includes two drive-in movies at Remarkables Park, Frankton – ‘70s surf classic Drift, and Vertical Limit, the mountaineering blockbuster that will be shown right under The Remarkables mountain range where it was filmed.

More information on the Adventure Film Festival presented by Auckland Airport can be found at www.wintergamesnz.com/adventurefilmfest.

Winter Games NZ 2013 takes place over 11-days from 15-25 August at the international resorts of Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort and Snow Farm, along with the Maniototo Curling International Rink. Set against the spectacular backdrop of New Zealand’s Southern Alps, the Games also include a full Downtown Sessions festival programme featuring films, live music and entertainment in Queenstown and Lake Wanaka. For further information, visit www.wintergamesnz.com.