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Top of the South Film Festival Motueka

Where: Motueka Recreation Centre, Old Wharf Road, Motueka, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: M

Ticket Information:

  • Top of the South Film Festival: $20.00
  • Buy Tickets – 03 528 8648
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Timothy Hawthorne

This year we introduce our Young Top of the South Filmmakers screening event for the first time. Be sure to catch the best work from our Yr3-Yr10 students at 2 pm on Saturday, November 28. This screening is Rated G and appropriate for all ages.

Then at 6 pm on Sunday, November 29, watch the Gold Reel screening, the best short films from adults in our region. Preceded by a fun "red carpet" event at 5 pm with kai and beverages.

The 6th annual Top of the South Film Festival presents the best short films produced in our stunning region during the past year, from drama to documentaries, horror to comedy, thriller to romance, music videos to science fiction.

The Festival is proud to celebrate our 6th year of showcasing local film making. During this short time, we've established ourselves as one of New Zealand's most promising and unique young film festivals. The TS Film Festival focuses on film submissions from Nelson, Tasman, Marlborough and Kaikoura residents and gives these aspiring regional filmmakers an opportunity to premiere their films on the big screen.

The 2020 Festival in Nelson features seven screenings including our first ever “Aotearoa (national) Entries” event and a very special Sunday night screening of Producer/Director/Writer Oren Peli’s “Paranormal Activity” - one of the most profitable films ever.

All proceeds from the festival fund the “Top of the South Film Production Society,” a non-profit incorporated society open to anyone interested in making films. 100% of the Festival proceeds go to support and nurture local filmmakers, enabling them to make films in our unique Top of the South. Our long-term goal is to establish a thriving Top of the South film production industry and provide employment opportunities for filmmakers within the region.


Saturday, Nov 28 – Motueka State Cinema - RATED G
2 – 3:30 pm Young TS Filmmakers screening - $5 and $10

Sunday, Nov 29 – Motueka State Cinema - RATED M
5-6 pm Red carpet and kai
6 – 8 pm Gold Reel screening - $20

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