Top of the South Film Productions Incorporated

Top of the South Film Productions was co-founded and established in 2015 by Aaron Falvey (Marlborough) and Doug Brooks (Nelson) who both shared the same vision of building a critical mass of filmmakers in the region. Top of the South Film Productions is an incorporated society which naturally evolved from a collective group of passionate filmmakers from the Nelson, Marlborough and Tasman regions.

Our purpose is to nurture film-making excellence and support the growth of the film industry in the Top of the South region. We encourage collaboration and networking with other filmmakers to produce great films. Our long term goal is to establish a thriving film industry which creates employment opportunities for our skilled cast and crew. Currently we have 92 registered members.

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 around the globe to capture stunning and unique visuals. We have an ever-growing online directory of cast and crew who have ‘on set’ experience on both short and feature films.

Both Nelson and Blenheim hold monthly film meetings to provide regular opportunities to network and discuss film projects with other filmmakcrs from the region. Blenheim host their film meetings on the 3rd Monday of every month at Marlborough Youth Trust, 7:30 PM. Nelson host their film meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, 7:30 PM at Earth Hub. For more details, please contact us through our contact form below.


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


– Join a community of filmmakers in the Top of the South to collaborate with for future film projects
– Have your filmmaker profile listed on our website for Film making opportunities
– Film Grants made available four times per year
– Monthly film meetings to attend.
– 2 x Regional 48 Hour Film Challenge teams funded each year
– Access to exclusive film workshops

Patsy is a descendant of Ngati Porou Iwi on the East Cape of Tairāwhiti and a descendant of Ngati Whatua /Nga Puhi Iwi on the West Coast of Tai Tokerau. She has lived in the South Island all her life and has also travelled overseas to Israel, Rome, Europe and Australia. I am passionate about the New Zealand film industry and my biggest achievement to date is I am producing a short film project called “Kōkako”. This is the first in the Nelson/Tasman to be selected by the New Zealand Film Commission for Fresh Shorts funding. I continue to expand my repertoire, including writing a feature length screenplay and working with the New Zealand Film Commission.

President | Patsy Burke

Top of the South Film Production Society Executive Committee

PRESIDENT | Patsy Burke (Nelson)

VICE PRESIDENT | Vita Vaka (Marlborough)

TREASURER | Emily Thompson (Nelson)

SECRETARY | Emily Thompson (Nelson)

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBERS | Timothy Hawthorne, Anna Logan and Samuel Rangi (Marlborough)


NELSON REGIONAL DIRECTOR |Nathalie Campbell (Nelson)



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