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New Zealand film wins "Best Mountain Adventure Film" at Kendal Mountain Film Festival
Sunday, November 23, 2008



I'm really excited that the 50 minute film of my and Barry's circumnavigation of the South island has won a major prize!

Kendal Mountain Film Festival is the UK's largest adventure film festival and one of the big 4 mountain film festivals, alongside Banff in Canada ( which I was too late to enter). Today it was announced that the film won the 'best Mountain Adventure Film' award which is a great honor. The sharp ones amongst you may have noticed that the NZ film is not strictly a MOUNTAIN adventure - however most 'Mountain Film Festivals' are broad enough to show other outdoor adventure films aswell, and there isn't a 'best adventure film' category. I'm very grateful to the judges for being broad-minded enough to chose a seakayaking film as the winner and I personally think it says a lot for the film to win here!

Unfortunately I can't be there to collect the prize as I'm still in New York, but Jim Krawiecki is collecting it on my behalf.

I should remind you that the NZ film is just one part of the "This is the Sea 4" DVD double disc set ....... so it's a real bargain!

There is another review of the "This is the Sea 4" on the Solent Seakayaking blog.

The last US premiere of "This is the Sea 4" was last night in New York City organised by Marcus DeMuth and the Manhattan Kayak Company The tour has been a great success with well over 1,000 people seeing the premiere version of the film in 10 different locations. It wasn't all 'work' and we got to go seakayaking 9 times, in 6 different US states. Tonight we go home, and we're looking forward to that aswell!

7 Comments:

Blogger Jim Krawiecki said...

Hi Justine,

It was a pleasure (if a bit nerve wracking) to collect the award and say a few words on your behalf. If you are passing through Manchester you should call by to collect the trophy.

Once again, Congratulations!

Jim K

10:21 pm  
Blogger Bryan Smith said...

Justine...wow. Great news and congrats. Awesome that a sea paddling film has won a major category at one of the big film festivals! Bryan and Lise-Anne

6:30 am  
Blogger wideblueyonder said...

Congrats Justine - well deserved!

5:52 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations - well deserved

1:14 pm  
Blogger Sarah said...

That is great Justine - NZers are buzzing that "our country" and "your film" did so well :-) AND the film premieres tomorrow night in NZ. We will raise a glass to you and Barry. Oarsome.

3:52 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

congrats!!!!!!
thats great news!
rock and roll!

jake

10:38 pm  
Blogger Guy said...

congrats! that's really great and inspirational! where can we watch the video? i just love water and boats

9:00 am  

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