Adventure Film School

Adventure Film School

The Adventure Film School at the NZ Mountain Film Festival has been running since 2011 and has an impressive reputation. It’s a unique opportunity to learn how to improve your skills at making adventure films, tutored by professionals. It covers developing a story line, filming and finally pulling it all together and editing the footage into a short film. This intense two-day course offers a hands-on introduction to film making in a small group.

Ideal for:

  • Adventurers wanting to develop filming skills
  • armchair adventurers
  • aspiring filmmakers wanting learn the basics of film making.

Those with more experience will also benefit from the many tips and skills covered in this wide-ranging program. No previous experience or equipment is necessary.

See YouTube videos of 2 examples past AFS projects here and here.

The course is modular, covering camera and sound work on day one and editing and outputting the film on day two.

The 2019 course is taking place on Saturday July 6th and Sunday July 7th, at the Faulks Room in the Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka.

It costs: $195 for adults and $150 for youth under 18. Must be over 15 to attend. There is a maximum course number of 16 people.

Enrollments are open via bank transfer or credit card. You can make a direct bank deposit to: NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust, Account Number: 06-0943-0111662-00, use your name as a reference Please also complete an AFS Registration Form and then email it to us.

Or use the BOOK NOW icon below after May 1 for credit card sales



Check out the programme here.

The lecturers (TBC for 2019):

Hugh Barnard

Ross Mackay

Hugh is an internationally qualified mountain guide and film maker. He has worked as a cameraman, assistant director, producer and safety consultant on many film productions. Hugh produced the NZ Backcountry Avalanche Video for the NZMSC and shot and edited the 2011 NZ Mountain Film Festival finalist and award winning film In The Shadow of the Mountain (including Best Director at the Mammoth Mountain Film Festival). Documentary credits include: Dying for Everest (NZ), Dual Survivor (Discovery), Earth The Operator’s Manual (PBS). Most recently he has been working as assistant director on the I Shouldn’t Be Alive series for Discovery Channel. He has a Masters Degree in Natural History Filmmaking from the University of Otago.


Ross  specializes in remote access video and photo, aerial video and photography. Based in the heart of the Southern Alps of New Zealand he has grown up being integrated into this beautiful and rugged part of the world which has shaped the way he approaches the work he does. He loves to ski, kite, fly, ride and walk his way around the mountains of New Zealand. He enjoys cooking and eating great food and has a keen interest in music and the arts.

His experience spans a multitude of projects including art department, pre-production, aerial videography, data wrangling and management. He has worked on a variety of projects from Discovery channel segments, Air New Zealand online advertising content to shooting Television series and long form content.

Check out some of his latest projects for New Zealand here.





Adventure Film School