Why We're Bringing the No Man's Land Film Festival to Mackay

Approach Adventure has partnered with the Colorado-based film festival to bring 11 stories of female adventurers to Mackay, and to start the conversation about how locals can take advantage of the pristine locations and wide range of activities across our region.

These amazing stories of survival, courage and outdoor inspiration will feature at the first ever Australian screening of No Man’s Land Film Festival at Harrup Park, Mackay on September 2nd.

Approach Adventure Co-Founder Claire Christensen said the 11 short films highlight what is possible when people take action on their passions and overcome initial fears or barriers.

"Each of the films has been officially selected by the No Man’s Land Film Festival organisers to capture the essence of the outdoors and what can be achieved. The films will encompass a range of sports and activities include hiking, cycling, surfing, skiing, and climbing.”

“The Mackay region already has amazing examples of both elite and beginner athletes and outdoor activity providers who were inspiring and encouraging others into similar kinds of activity.

“It’s now about helping to break down some of the barriers that often prevent women from entering or re-entering exercise or taking part in sports,” Ms Christensen said.

“Studies showed that Queensland women participate in physical activity less than any other state in Australia and almost 5% less often than men. Often time, health, fear or social isolation can inhibit women’s participation in exercise.”

“Approach Adventure is very excited to be able to bring the No Man’s Land Film Festival to Mackay and hope it will inspire more people to explore the outdoors, overcome fears or re-enter exercise.

“This film festival will also be a great way of stimulating interest in adventure sports and discovering what opportunities are available in our region.

“We hope to one day have a range of films from this region that we too can submit to film festivals, like this one,” she said.

No Man’s Land Film Festival (NMLFF) is a showcase of female athletes from ages 6 to 90 in a range of outdoor sports which have been filmed in spectacular locations, and examines some of the barriers women have overcome to participate in sport and the overwhelming joy that outdoor sports can provide.

The BOQ Mackay City Women in Adventure featuring No Man’s Land Film Festival is taking place at Harrup Park Lancaster Lawn on Saturday the 2nd of September from 6pm. Tickets include canape dinner and a drink on arrival.

The event is open to all genders 18+.

A huge thank you to the event sponsors:

BOQ Mackay City .... Harrup Park Country Club

Corry Cycles, Elle Bache Mackay, Nishfit, BBPrint, Regional Airways, Mass Nutrition Mackay, Active Physiotherapy Mackay, Active Adrenalin Performance Coaching, Rebel Marketing, Mackay Funerals and Robert Oatley Wines.

#Photo of Kathy Karlo - For the Love of Climbing film - picture by Irene Yee