Top of the South Film Productions Incorporated

Top of the South Film Productions was established in 2015 and is a collective group of passionate filmmakers from the Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman regions. We are an Incorporated Society established to help encourage collaboration and networking with other filmmakers from the region to produce great films. Currently we have 50 registered members. Our focus is to nurture film-making in the region and become one of the greatest film production entities, not only in New Zealand but worldwide. Our long term goal is to establish a thriving film industry in the region which creates employment opportunities for our skilled cast and crew. The Top of the South Island showcases some of the purest natural landscapes in New Zealand and makes us an ideal destination for production companies from around the globe to capture stunning and unique visuals. We have an ever-growing online network of skilled and experienced cast and crew members available who have produced a number of short films as well as being involved with several feature films. Both Nelson and Blenheim hold monthly film meetings to provide regular opportunities to network and discuss film projects with other filmmakers from the region. Nelson host their film meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of every month and Blenheim host their meetings on the 3rd Monday of every month. For more details, please contact us through our contact form below.


It costs $20.00 per year to join the Top of the South Film Production Society. Our renewal period is October each year.


– Join a network of filmmakers to collaborate with for future film projects
– Have your filmmaker profile listed on our website for employment opportunities
– Discounted film equipment hire
– 2 x Regional 48 Hour Film Challenge teams funded each year
– Access to exclusive film workshops
– Free Concessions to film on Department of Conservation land


– New members get one FREE film submission to the Top of the South Film Festival
– Existing members get an ongoing 50% discount on one film submission each year to the Top of the South Film Festival
– $50 Discount when you sign up to ANY of Lights Film School’s online courses

I’ve been making films since I was 9 years old. When I started making films, we didn’t have a film industry and I didn’t have a network of filmmakers to resource and help make films. I decided to start one which saw the inception of the Blenheim Filmmakers and shortly after that the evolution of Top of the South Film Production society. I want to allow filmmakers in our region to have access to a wider pool of talent to enable them to produce the best films possible. As Top of the South we are stronger and hold a stronger identity as a film-making destination. My long term goal is to establish a thriving film industry in the region which creates employment opportunities for our talented cast and crew.President | Aaron Falvey
I was born in Motueka and live in Richmond, Nelson. My earlier career pathway was primarily in the tourism and hospitality industry, where I developed communication and customer service skills. This experience with tourists and businesses lead me to opportunities in conference management. Since then I have developed programs in dance, music, film and animation for youth. The creative industries pathway has lead me to where I am today, producing films. I consider film-making to be incredibly exciting. I am going to another level of excellence by planning to assemble a collaboration of creative teams for producing films. I am very keen to learn more about being a producer and being involved with the Top of the South Film Collective. Secretary | Patsy Burke

Top of the South Film Production Society Executive Committee

PRESIDENT | Aaron Falvey (Marlborough)



SECRETARY | Patsy Burke (Nelson)

COMMITTEE MEMBERS | Justin Eade and Timothy Hawthorne (Nelson) Chris Lippiatt and Daniel Wye (Marlborough)

FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR | Aaron Falvey (Marlborough)

REGIONAL FESTIVAL DIRECTORS | Timothy Hawthorne (Nelson) and James Mitchell (Marlborough)


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