About the Top of the South Filmmakers

It's the vision of the Top of the South Filmmakers (TSF) to establish a collective of passionate filmmakers pushing the boundaries of creative collaborations and employment opportunities for filmmakers in the top of the South Island of New Zealand.

Originally known as the Top of the South Film Production Society, (but renamed in 2020 to Top of the South Filmmakers), TSF 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. As an incorporated society, we've naturally evolved into 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. Nelson host their film meetings on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. For more details on locations and time of our monthly meetings, please contact us through our contact form at the bottom of this page.

Important Society Documents

The rules governing the purpose and management of the TSF society.
Last Updated: November 2020

A foundational policy that outlines what are acceptable standards of behaviour within our Top of the South Filmmakers Society.
Last Updated: November 2020

Rules outlining the application process and guidelines for the aproval of grants to TSF members for their film projects.
Last Updated: May 2021

Details around how the TSF and this website manages privacy and personal information.
Last Updated: May 2021

By using this website, you agree to these terms and conditions.
Last Updated: July 2021

Rules outlining the application process and guidelines for the aproval of scholarship grants to TSF members.
Last Updated: July 2021

Executive Committee

As an incorporated society, the management of TSF is governed by an Executive Management Committee of seven or more TSF members from both Nelson and Blenheim. These executive committee members are voted in by the society members at the TSF Annual General Meeting each year.

Shalom Del’Monte-Aberhart
Executive Committee
Marlborough
Emily Russell
Executive Committee, Treasurer
Nelson
Britt Coker
Executive Committee
Nelson
Ian Lesa
Executive Committee
Nelson
Patsy Burke
Executive Committee, President
Nelson
Hazel Twizel
Executive Committee
Nelson
Anna Logan
Executive Committee
Marlborough
Tim Hawthorne
Executive Committee
Tasman

Film Festival

Oversight of our annual Top of the South Film Festival is also governed by the Executive Commitee, but management is delegated to an apointed Festival Director who can appoint Regional Managers to handle the local plans and actions required to run it at each location.

FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

Patsy Burke

NELSON REGIONAL MANAGER

Simone McGregor

BLENHEIM REGIONAL MANAGER

Aaron Falvey

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