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Pic: Heath Holden

The Cradle Mountain Film Fest ran on the weekend and was a huge success with more than 600 tickets across the three day event.

The festival aimed to screen the world’s best adventure films, alongside Tasmanian adventure films.

The main event was Saturday evening, with over two hundred people gathering at the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery to watch the One Year in Tasmania short film competition and Mountainfilm on Tour.

The One Year in Tasmania competition challenged film makers to make a maximum five-minute film featuring an adventure in Tasmania, filmed and produced in the last year. The overall winner The Pomish Invasion took, home $1000 cash and a canyoning tour valued at $420 courtesy of Cradle Mountain Canyons. The Pomish Invasion was made by Jonathan Doyle and featured an attempt by an English team to climb the Totem Pole on the Tasman Peninsular.

The festival also provided a great motivation for people to get active and explore the Cradle Mountain area. Sunday of the event began at 530am with a wilderness yoga session, followed by a screening of films in mountain huts around Cradle. For this free event, participants walked around five huts, three of which are not usually open to the public. At each hut, short Tasmanian films were screening and participants could get their map stamped – with prizes up for grabs for anyone who managed to get all five stamps in a day.

Marissa Mattys, from Telluride Mountainfilm, travelled all the way from Colorado to present the international films and was hugely impressed with the festival. “Cradle Mountain Film Fest has done a great job fostering community, which is often really hard to do in the early years of a festival. There was a great energy around the whole festival, between people and place, and the films brought everyone together” Miss Mattys said.

The Cradle Mountain Film Fest aims to foster the local adventure film making talent. Marissa Mattys from Mountainfilm and local producer Catherine Pettman ran a free workshop at the event to educate local film makers about what they need to do to get their films into the big international festivals.

Other prize winners from the One Year in Tasmania Adventure Film Competition took home accommodation packages from RACT and included:

Best cinematography: Edge of the Earth by Simon Treweak
Best film featuring or made by a young person: Kai Kai the frozen Filipino by Kyron Rathbone
Best Adventure: Fun Times with Friends by Andy Stuart

All the short films can be seen at vimeo.com/cradlemmtfilmfest with voting open for the next month for the people’s choice award (which will win a two person pass to walk the overland track.
Anna Paice Cradle Mountain Canyons/Cradle Mountain Film Fest