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.

NOTE: We are taking a break from the Adventure Film School in 2020 and will run the next course in 2021.

The Adventure Film School is ideal for:

  • Adventurers wanting to develop filming skills
  • armchair adventurers
  • aspiring filmmakers wanting to 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 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 took place on Saturday July 6th and Sunday July 7th, at the Faulks Room in the Lake Wanaka Centre, Wanaka.


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

Check out the past programme here.

The lecturer: Ross Mackay

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.