THE world's most extensive fishing film festival, RISE, will screen in Australian theatres this year between September 3 and October 10. The festival locations include Brisbane, Singleton, Central Coast, Sydney, Bowral, Canberra, Albury, Melbourne, Ballarat, Hobart, Burnie, Launceston, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin.
Now in its 9th year, RISE is on a quest to showcase the diverse world of fly fishing, to connect anglers through shared experience and to create public awareness of fly fishing's new vibrant emergence. The festival allows the fishing community to share their passion for the sport, by attending film screenings across the country.
RISE screens exclusive content from the world’s best fly fishing film makers. Cinema audiences will be gripped by stunning footage from New Zealand, Iceland, Argentina, Bahamas, USA and Alaska, presented in high definition on the big screen.
Gin-Clear Media's Backcountry – North Island is the feature film of the festival. The backcountry of New Zealand holds a special place in the heart of all Kiwis. “Going bush” is a national pastime, and Kiwi fly fishers like nothing better than the sun on their backpack, the cold touch of a mountain stream and the opportunity to sight fish to giant trout in pristine settings.
The film follows six fly fishermen, from different places and different walks of life, as they each explore a treasured corner of the North Island. This land of active volcanoes, rugged gorges and dense forests provides an epic backdrop for some of the best trout fishing on the planet. As each story weaves into the fabric of the film it becomes evident that, despite their differences, the characters are all bound together by their passion for the backcountry.
As fly fishers, spending time in wild places brings us closer to the natural world. In this soulful place, we are catalyzed to enjoy, learn and protect. RISE celebrates and shares this spirit by bringing each adventure to life on the cinema screen.
For many, RISE Fly Fishing Film Festival has become so much more than just going to the cinema. These annual fish-fests have become a true celebration of fly fishing; it's an excuse to get together with friends and reminisce about the past season, as well as look forward to the season to come.
As a special preview to this year's RISE festival, Fishing World will feature an interview with film maker and festival organiser Nick Reygaert - stay tuned!