Film and book festival on show at resort

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Round two of the 16th NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival is set to start.

The 2018 festival, which was hosted in Wanaka on June 28-30, has been taken to Queenstown this week.

It will follow a similar process to the Wanaka event, including workshops, photography displays and an adventure film school.

Festival director Mark Sedon is among those who will host a talk, along with Conrad Anker at the Queenstown Memorial Centre.

Their talks in Wanaka were a popular addition to the programme, with “a lot of people” missing out due to demand, Mr Sedon said.

The popularity of their talks was just one of the indications of how successful this year’s event was.

“It was awesome,” Mr Sedon said, of the overall Wanaka festival, which attracted 2500 people.

“It’s probably the one of the biggest years we’ve had.”

Of those who attended, 350 were pupils from around the district. The NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust transported them to the event by bus.

“We put on a special show on Monday for them, [as part of a] youth programme,” he said.

“The trust pays for them to come in, to inspire the next generation of adventurers.”

An art walk, which featured an Antarctic theme, also proved popular, along with presentations by film-makers.

Today marks the start of the festival’s Queenstown leg, another chance to explore what it has to offer. The Queenstown event finishes on Saturday.