The two day Adventure Film School at the NZ Mountain Film Festival has been running since 2011 and has an impressive reputation. This has been a popular introduction course. In 2021 we tried out a five day advanced Adventure Film School.

For 2022 we are returning to our two day course with the intention that 2023 will again be a five day course.

Thus alternating the courses each year. 


This year the AFS returns to the beginner and intermediate filmmaker. Any one who’s curious about the craft or has dabbled but is interested to learn more, this year is for you.

For this 2 day course we will head back to the basics and you’ll learn the core skills of camera settings, exposure and composition, learn to shoot sequences that will tell your story when you get to the editing side of things. Basic editing, titles and simple sound will get you taking the first steps to creating a project from start to finish.

This will give you the skills and confidence to head out find and create your story. We are hopeful that after this you will have the drive to progress your learning so that you can make it into the Int/advanced 5 day course the following year.

Who is the Course For?

The course is aimed at people who have not done much filming or editing, but have a keen interest in hands on learning.


The 2 day course fee is $195. The actual cost per person is $295 but we were lucky enough to get a grant from the regional Development Fund so the course is subsidised.

*** 21/7 UPDATE: ONE SPOT JUST CAME FREE – Book here

Course Size

The student numbers will be limited to 12 and you must be 16 years or older.


Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26, 2022.


The classroom is in the Faulks Room in the Lake Wanaka Centre (which sadly has no wheelchair access).

How to Register

Once you’ve booked we’ll send you a registration form for a  brief summary of your filming/editing experience, if you have any.



Ross Mackay specialises 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. 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.

Trinity Ludlow-Hudson is an award winning editing specialist with over 20 years experience. Her dedication to her craft, drive for excellence and passion for story telling are the values she founded Monarch Post Production. Trinity prides herself on her professionalism and technical prowess, but it is the art of communicating ideas, turning concepts into stories and infusing creativity and emotion into every project that sets us her apart from the rest.

See YouTube videos of two past two day AFS projects here and here.

Contact us to join this course.