Taking place over the weekend of the 30th of April, the AdventurePro Video Film Festival celebrated the work of many local filmmakers and their passion for outdoor adventure.

While organisers believe the quality of this year’s event was even better than previous, audience numbers were down on 2015.

“We seem to have been unlucky with the timing of this year’s premiere being on the weekend between Anzac Day and Mother’s Day,” said Tony Barnett, AdventurePro project manager.

“A lot of people indicated that they would have liked to come along but needed a weekend at home or had existing commitments.”

Barnett also indicated that Mansfield may be too remote a destination for some viewers without planning an entire weekend away.

As a result, organisers are now considering future premiere screening locations in Melbourne or “possibly other state and territory capitals”.

Nevertheless, entrants to the film festival weren’t in short supply, generating an entertaining, family-friendly event with the added excitement of prizes awarded to the best of the bunch.

AdventurePro Video Film Festival Winners 2016:

The Fly Program‘ by Michael Fardell
Open Category Winner
* $1,000 CASH prize from AdventurePro
* gift voucher of $300 value towards a World Expeditions trip

‘Cradle Circuit 2015’ by Todd Blackhall
Schools Category Winner
* accommodation to the value of $3,000 from AUSCAMP
* gift voucher of $300 value towards a World Expeditions trip

‘Agent of Cool’ by Simon Madden
The Tin Shed Cider ‘Wickedly Enjoyable’ Prize – one dozen 750ml bottles of mixed variety, traditionally crafted apple cider OR $150 CASH

‘Re-Establishment’ by Lachlan Humphreys
Family Weekend at Howmans Gap Alpine Centre courtesy of YMCA Camping

‘My Snowy Mountains’ by Ben Coope
The Mittagundi Prize – The prize includes a four-night stay at Mittagundi

‘Skiing South West Tasmania’ by Mark Oates
The Cradle Mountain Canyons Prize – Cradle Mountain Canyons is offering an action packed canyoning tour for two in Dove Canyon with complementary photographs

‘Twenty Fifteen’ by David Lennon
Schools Category Runner-Up
CAMPLIST Prize – CAMPLIST is providing $200 of Outdoor Equipment as well as a tour of the One Planet Factory

All finalists also received a 12-month subscription to Wild to commemorate their achievement.

Organisers of this homegrown adventure film festival are currently calling for expressions of interest from anyone seeking to become involved with growing this event, with the ultimate aim of providing exposure to budding filmmakers and encouraging more people to get active in the outdoors.

For further information, or to contact the organisers, visit the AdventurePro website.