Top of the South Film Festival

Top of the South Film Festival is open to submissions from Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough and Golden Bay. All festival proceeds are usually donated to the Top of the South Film Production Society which provides financial support to its members who pursue the art of film-making in our Top of the South region, however all proceeds raised from our Kaikoura screening this year will go towards the rebuild of the Mayfair Theatre. In addition to Kaikoura, the film festival also ran in Nelson in September and Blenheim in October. From comedy to drama, horror to science fiction, documentary and music video, the Top of the South Film Festival celebrates the best short films produced locally in the last year. With a red-carpet event, this will be a special evening for local film-making talent, getting their work up on the big screen.


Recent advances in digital technology have allowed professional filmmaking to become more accessible to the average person. Film enthusiasts in and around the Top of the South came together 4 years ago to form a collective devoted to learning more about filmmaking and helping each other create our own films. Dozens of members routinely work on each other’s films for little or no money – just the joy of being creative and assisting our fellow members. We have worked to build a critical mass of filmmakers in the region and now quality productions occur on a regular basis. By example, the NZ Film Commission recently awarded one of our writer/director’s a prestigious $10,000 “Fresh Shorts” grant to produce a short film in the region. Providing ongoing education to our members, the Society has sponsored professional seminars in directing and writing by flying in industry professionals to facilitate these. If you’d like to be part of our community, you can find us on Facebook or contact either Aaron Falvey for Marlborough or Patsy Burke at for Nelson/Tasman. Or come to one of our monthly film meetings which occur on the third Monday of each month, 7:30 PM at Riversdale House, 131 Budge St, Blenheim.


The Top of the South Film Production Society thanks our Kaikoura festival sponsors and our hardworking volunteers behind the scenes especially John Wyatt, Stephanie Lange, Aaron Falvey and Matt Squire. We also acknowledge all filmmakers who entered the Top of the South Film Festival. Every year entry quality increases thanks to filmmakers striving to reach higher standards. We encourage you to continue and hope our festival may serve as an opportunity for you to showcase your work.