Top of the South Film Festival

The Top of the South Film Festival is the pride of the TSF, showcasing the region's most talented filmmakers and offering them a platform to present their work on the big screen. Now in its tenth year, the festival has brought together the best and most promising filmmakers and offered them an opportunity to showcase their films on the big screen. Attendees witnessed some of New Zealand’s most promising actors and actresses boasting incredible on-screen performances.


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A thriving local network of filmmakers

Since its establishment in 2014, the society has built a thriving local network of filmmakers: directors, writers, cinematographers, sound engineers, actors, animators, producers, special effect artists, and professionals in associated creative industries of design, art, costume, and makeup.

Hundreds of locals have now had the chance to experience working in film and also to develop their own film industry career pathways.

The Film Festival is the society's premier annual event.

Judged by independent industry professionals and run entirely by volunteers from the Top of the South Filmmakers and community volunteers, our two festival screenings, the Aotearoa Screening and the Gold/Silver Screenings celebrate national and local films, respectively.

Top of the South Film Festival 2024

This year's screenings will be held at Nelson's Suter Theatre (4-5 Oct. 2024), Blenheim’s Conventions Centre (12 Oct. 2024) and Motueka’s State Cinema (20 Oct. 2024).