Top of the South Film Festival 2024

4th & 5th October 2024
Suter Theatre – Nelson

6th October 2024
10th Anniversary Awards Gala – Nelson

12th October 2024
Marlborough Events Centre

20th October 2024
State Cinemas – Motueka


Experience Local Cinematic Brilliance

Celebrating the vibrant creativity of the Nelson Tasman & Marlborough regions, the Top of the South Film Festival is a platform for local filmmakers to showcase their talent and share their stories with the community.

Held annually in Nelson, Motueka and Blenheim, our festival brings together local filmmakers, cinephiles, and audiences alike for a celebration of the art of cinema.

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Short Films crafted in Top of the South

At the heart of our festival are the short films crafted right here in the Nelson Tasman Marlborough regions.

These films capture the essence of our unique landscapes, cultures, and communities, offering a glimpse into the rich tapestry of life in this corner of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Kick back and view some past films of the festival!

Gold Reel Screening

The premier event of local films curated in an exciting programme.

Silver Reel Screening

A showcase of the best remining local film entries.

Aotearoa Screening

The most impressive entries from all over New Zealand.

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This Year's Judges

Meet the film industry professionals in New Zealand and internationally who judge the Top of the South Film Festival.


The Awards

At the 10th Anniversary Awards Gala Event, a total of 29 awards will be bestowed on filmmakers from around New Zealand.


Enter Your Film

We accept short films up to 15 minutes in length produced in the Top of the South Island region of New Zealand or by Kiwi filmmakers worldwide.

Lights, Camera, Action!

From prominent logo placement to VIP access and exciting sponsorship packages, we offer a range of cost-effective opportunities to showcase your brand and demonstrate your support for the arts.

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Experience the unique and vibrant creativity of the Nelson, Tasman, and Marlborough Regions at the Top of the South Film Festival. Let's celebrate local filmmakers, their unique talents and the diverse stories they bring to life.

4th & 5th October 2024 • Suter Theatre – Nelson

6th October 2024 • 10th Anniversary Awards Gala – Nelson

12th October 2024 • Marlborough Events Centre

20th October 2024 • State Cinemas – Motueka

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Past Sponsors

We are extremely grateful for the support of our sponsors each year.

Their support helps make the film festival possible.

Pomeroy’s • Screen Marlborough • New World • Fresh Choice Richmond • Envisage Design • First National Marlborough • NMIT •  YikesNelson • The Fancy Cow • Tall Poppy • WOW Museum • Mapua Bakery • Visionco • Blue Sky Solutions • Cabin Masters •  Gravity Events • Paper Nautilus Café • Red 16 • Sublime Coffee • Alioke Eatery • Hogarth Chocolate • Hogland Glass • Neudorf Vineyards


Ready to take your passion for films to the next level?

Join the Top of the South Filmmakers Society today and become part of a vibrant community of local creatives dedicated to shaping the future of cinema in the Nelson Tasman Marlborough regions and beyond!

As a member, you'll gain access to networking events, workshops, and resources designed to support you on your filmmaking journey. Whether you're an aspiring filmmaker, seasoned professional, or simply a film enthusiast eager to connect with like-minded individuals, there's a place for you in our community.

Visit to learn more and become a member.