About

The Top of the South Film Festival brings together the best and most promising filmmakers from Nelson, Marlborough, Golden Bay and the wider Top of the South Island region, as well as some of New Zealand’s most promising actors and actresses, boasting some incredible on-screen performances.
This year the 3rd Annual Top of the South Film Festival is happening in Nelson on Saturday the 28th of October at The Suter Theatre and Blenheim on Saturday the 11th of November at the ASB Theatre. This year we have a major announcement which is a huge milestone for our festival. Stay tuned for more information.

All proceeds from the festival go back into the Top of the South Film Production Society so that members have an opportunity to produce more films right here in our region. In 2016 the Top of the South Film Festival raised an astounding $7584.13.

The Top of the South Film Festival was established in 2015 by Phil McKinnon and Aaron Falvey of Blenheim. Both Phil and Aaron are passionate filmmakers, having made several short films they realised their was no opportunities to showcase their work. The festival was created to give local filmmakers from the Top of the South region a festival they can aspire to make films for. Phil is currently the Director of the festival for 2017 and Aaron is the President of the Top of the South Film Production Society who are the recipients of all proceeds.

Co-Founders Phil McKinnon (Left) and Aaron Falvey (Right)

Phil and Aaron presenting at the Top of the South Film Festival 2016

TOP OF THE SOUTH FILM FESTIVAL 2017

NELSON | 28 OCTOBER 2017 | The Suter Cinema
BLENHEIM | 11 NOVEMBER 2017 | The ASB Theatre

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Testimonials

Dale Corlett

Head of Talent Development | New Zealand Film Commission

Karla Rodgers

Executive Officer | NZ Film and Video Technicians Guild

“‘What a great night celebrating a wide range of local filmmaking talent. From comedy to drama, music videos to mockumentary, it had something for everyone.
Big congrats to all the team behind this great event. I can’t wait till next year”

” I had the pleasure of attending the Top of the South Film Festival. The Programme provided me with a great range of locally made films with genres that had me laughing, crying and catching my breath in between”

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Film Selection for 2016

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