Mountain Film Festival: Kiwi Made

2020 | 2 hrs | NZ & International

  • Festival Director: Mark Sedon
  • Documentary, Short films, Sport



26 Aug, Wednesday
28 Aug, Friday

The NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival
is a 9-day event held in Wanaka, Queenstown and Cromwell each winter.
It includes short films from NZ and around the world, featuring adventure sports, foreign cultures, remote travel and environmental issues.
The most popular films are sent on  a national tour: Best of Wanaka, and Kiwi Made.
Mountain Film Festival website

NZ audiences get a taste of the annual nine day NZ Mountain Film & Book Festival.
The ‘Best of NZ’ is a selection of our most popular NZ made films films screened at the festival.

“the spirit of everyman’s adventure; great characters and good laughs; and ultimately left me with feelings of joy and inspiration”

The winner of the 2020 Hiddleston/MacQueen Award went to Wanaka local Richard Sidey for his film The KFC.

The beautiful film follows five New Zealanders as they take on a paragliding adventure in Tanzania, with the ultimate aim of flying from the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. Kilimanjaro is the highest freestanding mountain in the world; the altitude change from the top to the bottom makes it the biggest glide it’s possible to do on the planet. Stunning imagery, experiencing a new culture, adventure and camaraderie make this a quintessential Kiwi tale.

“One of the highlights for me was flying places where no one had ever seen a paraglider, some people came out to see, others ran to hide.” Sidey says.


29 minutes, Director: Richard Sidey, NZ.

Join five local pilots on a paragliding adventure in Tanzania, with the ultimate aim to fly from the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro. No training, no sponsors, no worries!

Forgotten Highways

16 minutes, Director: Deane Parker, NZ
The journey of discovery of both the Maori culture and exploring new country in the Whanganui District by a group of mates. The trip follows the river by packraft and trails both old and new by mountain biking, to link up a story of history and adventure.