Reel Wild Night

For the second year, RunFest is partnering with the Reel Wild team to bring you the best in trail running movies, from New Zealand and across the globe.

Kick back and join us for an evening of beers and spectacular trail running films to get you excited and inspired.

The RunFest Reel Wild Night is a shorter version of the full weekend Reel Wild festival, with all the goodness concentrated in one evening of amazingly inspiring trail running films, shared with good mates over a beer or three. It’s pretty much the most fun you can have without getting your trail running shoes muddy.

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“Why I Run” – Alastair Humphrey

Known for his passion and commitment to “microadventures”, Alastair Humphreys dedicates his life to inspiring others to get outdoors, no matter how. In this short film, he talks about his passion for running, one of his favourite ways to have an adventure. In these three minutes, Humphreys talks about why he runs – and why he thinks you should too.

“Muscles and Dreams” – Dave Kwant

A wonderful story about a group of fired up locals taking on a truly epic challenge and succeeding using grit, determination and a good dose of kiwi ingenuity.
10 years hard slog resulted in the creation of New Zealand’s longest continuous single track and the completion of a project that started in the 1800s.

“Runner” – Andrew Lloyd

Runner is a short vignette on two professional trail runners from Australia, it touches on why they run and the enjoyment they get from it. Director Andrew Lloyd says: “I wanted to create something that resonates with anyone who’s escaped the 9 to 5 slog to pursue something they are passionate about”.

“The Trails Are Free” – Lindsey Topham

The Trails are Free tells the story of how Boston based trail running club, the Trail Animals Running Club (TARC), promotes and preserves the culture of ultra running through a series of grassroots, community based races in the greater Boston area. The film captures the history of the club and how it has grown from a few members to over 4000 since its founding in the early 1990’s.

“One Step at a Time” – Steven Mortinson

One Step at a Time follows three ultra-runners as they attempt to set a new FKT (Fastest Known Time) on the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail.

“Freedom Under Load” – Pavol Barabas

Freedom Under LoadWith hundred kilos on their backs they are facing storms, blizzards and deep snow. Their craft is not only a profession, but also their way to the calmness. In the documentary Freedom under Load we get to know the oldest generation of the porters in the High Tatras, who climb with supplies to the mountain huts every day. We discover why they have chosen this way of life and why they remain the last of the Mohicans on the European continent. And maybe we find out something about our own load that we carry.

The film has gathered a number of global awards, including the Best Film on Mountain Culture at Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival.