The Top of the South Film Festival brings together the best and most promising filmmakers from Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman regions, as well as some of New Zealand’s most promising actors and actresses, boasting some incredible on-screen performances.
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 2017 the Top of the South Film Festival raised an astounding $7135.57
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.
FILM SELECTION 2018
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.
Head of Talent Development | New Zealand Film Commission
Executive Officer | The Screen Industry Guild
Councillor, Writer and Former Film Critic | Nelson City Council
Community Manager | New Zealand Film Commission
Mayor | Marlborough District Council
Marketing Executive | New Zealand Film Commission