If the stunning scenery, walking tracks and native wildlife weren’t already enough of a drawcard to Cradle Mountain then add a weekend program of the best adventure films from Tasmania and around the world to the mix.
The Cradle Mountain Film Festival runs from April 6-8 on the fringe of the Wilderness World Heritage Area. The annual festival is in its fourth year and is Tasmania’s only dedicated adventure film festival.
“We started the Cradle Mountain Film Festival as a small screening of Tassie adventure films, aiming to bring the Cradle locals together for a night of laughs,’’ said festival co-ordinator Anna Paice.
“We live and work at Cradle Mountain over the summer months running Cradle Mountain Canyons, and there are lots of seasonal hospitality workers from all over the world who live up at the mountain year-round, but there are very few organised events that bring everyone together.
“There is a long and successful history of mountain towns hosting adventure film festivals that bring their communities together and also give people a reason to visit, such as Telluride, Sundance, Aspen, Banff, Graz and Wanaka, so why not Cradle Mountain?
“When you’re up at the mountain at day’s end and people have been out canyoning, paddling or hiking all day, there is a real apres aventure feel, and we tap into that by providing great films to watch at night.”
The weekend program includes the Tasmanian exclusive screening of Mountainfilm on Tour; the One Year in Tasmania Adventure Film competition showcasing the many moods and adventures to be had on this little island in one year; kids’ films; adventure film premieres in a Forest Yurt Lounge and Cinema; filmmaker’s workshops and Q & A sessions; the Mountain Huts Film Trail: a free, self-guided walking program of screenings in the mountain huts around Cradle Mountain; the Dove Lake Classic Trail Run; and yoga and cold water therapy in the wilderness.
“As well as watching inspiring films, there is a real mix of adventure activities happening at the festival,” Anna said.
“The point of difference of our festival is the location – we really make use of unique venues on the fringe of the Wilderness World Heritage Area. This year, we’ve got a 15km trail run around Dove Lake and up the Cradle Valley for those who like to race, we’re setting up a Forest Yurt Lounge and Cinema in some beautiful hand-made canvas and wooden yurts in the bush to screen some new Tasmanian feature films, and we have the Tasmanian exclusive screening of Mountainfilm on Tour which is screening all over Australia.
“The people who come to Cradle Mountain Film Festival are a real melting pot of adventure guides, hard-core and weekend-warrior outdoor enthusiasts, outdoor ed teachers, keen filmmakers, locals and people who just love the national park.
“When we all get together on Sunday for the Mountain Huts Film Trail – we screen a program of short films in five mountain huts all around Cradle Mountain – the vibes are so infectious. You get a bunch of active people with endorphins flowing, the fresh mountain air in a beautiful place, and people are just so stoked!
“The Mountain Huts Film Trail is really something special, people can do it at their own pace, films are screened in the remote mountain huts completely off-grid on pico projectors, and we’ve got some great supporters who have donated delicious treats for us to share along the way. We’re so excited about it!”
This year the festival is premiering three exciting new Tasmanian films: The Lorax Project (climbing and then BASE jumping off Frenchman’s Cap); Lowest to Highest (adventuring from Lake Eyre to Mount Kosciuszko); and Overland: The Greatest Adventure (about the iconic Overland Track). These will be screening for the first time in Tasmania on the Green Carpet and attendees are asked to dress up in their best retro adventure wear. The filmmakers and subjects will all be in attendance at the festival, and are providing workshops on Saturday, including some flying in from Victoria and the NT.
So for a fantastic weekend full of adventure head along to Cradle Mountain on April 6-8. All events are ticketed separately through Eventbrite online and on the Facebook page facebook.com/cradlemountainfilmfest and for more info www.cradlemountainfilmfest.com
Trailers to watch for the Cradle Mountain Film Festival:
Where to stay
To make the most of the film festival why not stay nearby for the weekend?
The epi-centre of the festival is the RACT property, Cradle Mountain Hotel. It boasts huge log fires, a range of in-house dining options, luxurious spa treatments and the Wilderness Gallery. With a generous 25% off a range of room types for festival-goers, just mention this special when booking directly with the hotel.
With great cabins in a range of sizes and options, and powered and unpowered campsites nestled in the bush, you’ll find an adventurous nook for the weekend at Cradle Mountain Discovery Park, within walking distance of the Forest Yurt Cinema and Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre (to catch the shuttle bus to the Mountain Huts Film Trail). Festival-goers can mention this special when booking or use promo code: CMFILM and when staying two nights or more to receive 15% off.
Other accommodation nearby includes: