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ABOUT

 

The Top of the South Film Festival is celebrating it's 5th year hosting the event. During this time we have established outselves as one of New Zealand's most promising and up and coming festivals. The Top of the South Film Festival brings together the best and most promising filmmakers and offers them an opportunity to showcase their films on the big screen, as well as witness some of New Zealand's most promising actors and actresses, boasting incredible on-screen performances.

We are regionally focused and only accept film submissions from our own Top of the South region, including Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough and Kaikoura. Our long-term goal is to establish a thriving film production industry and provide employment opportunities to local filmmakers. This festival is a fundraiser for our Top of the South Film Production Society with all proceeds used to operate the society, including financially supporting and nurturing filmmaking in the region, enabling filmmakers the opportunity to make even better films!
 

In 2018, the festival raised a combined today of $9086.35. The 4th annual film festival was held at the ASB Theatre in Blenheim, The Suter Theatre in Nelson. The festival showcased a record-breaking 24 films with record attendances at all screenings. It also saw the inaugural, sell-out screening in Kaikoura. $980 was raised and all proceeds were donated to the rebuild of the Mayfair Theatre, which was damaged in the 2016 earthquakes. 

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. Aaron is the Festival Director and President of the Top of the South Film Production Society who are the recipients of all proceeds.


SUBMIT YOUR FILM

Please read the rules and regulations below.

Entrys for 2019 are now open.
Deadline Midnight June 16th

 

SCREENINGS


FILMS FROM 2018


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After civilization collapses due to nuclear war the ensuing generations struggle to survive in a world they barely know or understand. As corporations rise to profit off the corpse of the old world most of the population finds themselves ruled by Dragoons; genetically engineered super soldiers fixated on martial perfection. For those wishing to live free of this tyranny one of the only options is to head to the lawless north.


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TESTIMONIALS

Dale Corlett

Head of Talent Development | New Zealand Film Commission

"What a great night celebrating local film-making talent. From comedy to drama, music videos to mockumentary, it had something for everyone. I can’t wait till next year"

Karla Rodgers

Executive Officer | The Screen Industry Guild


"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"

Matt Lawrey

Councillor, Writer and Former Film Critic | Nelson City Council

"It was a night of film-making passion and strong visual storytelling with some memorable twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed myself!"

Nick Garrett

Community Manager | New Zealand Film Commission

“The people behind the Top of the South Film Festival know how to get things done. What amazed me was the overall sense of community that I felt when I spoke to everybody involved”

John Leggett

Mayor | Marlborough District Council


“The Festival certainly promotes a good connection among film makers and cinema goers. It was great to see the Top of the South showcased with such diversity in sixteen locally made short films”

Kate Larkindale

Marketing Executive | New Zealand Film Commission

“What a fun evening. It was great to see local talent showcased and supported. And there really was something for everyone in the mixt of films screened.”