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 Golden Bay regions. We are an Incorporated Society established to help filmmakers collaborate and network with other filmmakers from the Top of the South region to produce great films. Currently we have 44 registered members. Our vision is to become one of the 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.

JOIN OUR SOCIETY

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

BENEFITS INCLUDE:

– 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
– Films grants for short films
– 2 x Regional 48 Hour Film Challenge teams funded each year
– Access to exclusive film workshops in 2018
– Free Concessions to film on Department of Conservation land

EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS

– 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

Our 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
Top of the South Filmmakers is about making opportunities by bringing a critical mass of creatives together in a spirit of collaboration and good will.Vice President | Doug Brooks
My experience in film making began in 2005 when I began assisting my husband Mike Ortiz on his university projects. I was mostly a production assistant helping with anything needed for the film to be successful. As the years went on, I realized that my strengths were perfectly suited for logistical and detail oriented roles and discovered that both Script Supervising and Line Producing were a great fit for me. So for the past couple years I have dabbled in both and hope to continue developing these skills in the future. I suppose that’s why I now find myself fulfilling the role of Treasurer for the Film Society. It’s a position that draws on my strengths and also offers me a chance to grow. I think film making is truly magical; so many forms of art collide to create a story that was once just an idea. If my work can help other film makers create awesome content, then being Treasurer of the TOTS Film Society will be a rewarding experience. Treasurer | Vikki Ortiz
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 Committee

PRESIDENT | Aaron Falvey (Marlborough)
VICE PRESIDENT | Doug Brooks (Nelson)
TREASURER | Vikki Ortiz (Marlborough)
SECRETARY | Patsy Burke (Nelson)
COMMITTEE MEMBERS | Justin Eade, Gwen Daly-Dover (Nelson) Chris Lippiatt and Daniel Wye (Marlborough)
FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR | Phil McKinnon (Marlborough)

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