AdventurePro Video Film Festival Winners Announced!

AdventurePro Video Film Festival 2016 Winners and the Future?


By AdventurePro
May 4, 2016

 The AdventurePro Video Film Festival 2016 presented by the Australian Camps Association had two premiere screenings on April 30 and May 1 at the Mansfield Armchair Cinemas and it was generally agreed that 2016 is the best so far.

"We had consistently positive feedback from the audience, including sponsors and film makers, and the quality of the entries was better than ever," said Tony Barnett, AdventurePro's Project Manager.

"Thoroughly enjoyed it," said one audience member. "A well deserved overall winner. Great job!"

"I'm super stoked that Australia finally has its own adventure film fest," said one film maker.

"I think it’s a great thing that you are doing for adventure film makers and really appreciate it. It’s got me really excited for next year’s entry," said another.

Although the weekend was a success, audience numbers were down on last year.

"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 Mr Barnett.

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

"That is one of the issues we face by holding the event in Mansfield. Most people feel they need to take a weekend away to attend."

"We will be exploring the option of holding the premiere, or follow up screenings, in Melbourne and possibly other state and territory capitals for future festivals," continued Mr Barnett.

The team at AdventurePro feel that the festival's concept has proven itself over the last three years and that it's now time to re-assess every aspect of how the festival will operate into the future.

"The last three years have seen the birth and first steps of Australia's only family friendly adventure film festival," said Mr Barnett.

"Everyone loves the AdventurePro Video Film Festival and it keeps getting better every year."

"But, as several of this year's audience members noted, it needs to be seen by more people to grow and develop further."

"Not only to spread the positive messages and good feelings being showcased by the short films on offer, but also to secure the event's viability. We need to increase the scale of the festival to further benefit everyone involved."

"But, AdventurePro will need support and assistance from other organisations to make this a reality."

"Which is why we would like to invite anyone with an interest in being involved into the future to contact us. Exciting times and big opportunities lie ahead!" concluded Mr Barnett.

Thanks to the presenter, the Australian Camps Association, along with all the film-makers, adventurers, sponsors, supporters, prize-givers, judges and the audience from everyone at AdventurePro for making the event possible!

And, without further ado, the winners are...

'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 4 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!

Wild is also providing a 12 month Wild magazine subscription to all finalists, including...

'This Is Queensland' by Matt Raimondo

'Behind the Seen' by Matthew Rott

'SLACK' by Jono Blake

'The Book of Laughter and Forgetting' by Simon Madden

'A Life Beyond the Breakers' by Rodney Pacitti

'Light Therapy' by Riley Blakeway

'Gaula River - bigger than on Google Earth' by Adrian Kiernan

'Grand Canyoneering & Packrafting' by Mark Oates

'XPD' by Paul Gruber

We hope you're already thinking about next year's entry, sponsoring or getting involved with the event and coming along to a screening.

Please keep an eye on the festival website at for festival news and information, including announcements for the event's future coming soon.