Our Adventure Film School has been running since 2011 and has an impressive reputation producing more than a few award winning film makers. This has been a popular two or five day course. 

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.

*** The five day advanced one will return in 2025. 

Two Day Programme Overview

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.



$245 – subsidised by the NZ Mountain Film Festival Charitable Trust        

Refund policy: If you have to pull out of the AFS and we can fill your spot, 100% refund. If you have to pull out before the course fills up, same 100% refund. If you pull out late and the course is full, and we can’t fill your spot, no refund.

Course Size

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


Saturday June 22 and Sunday June 23, 2024.


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

How to Register


2024 Tutors

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.

Ben Wallbank moved to New Zealand from the UK to follow the alure of Aotearoa wilderness. Now calling Wanaka home, he soaks up time in the mountains whenever possible. Ben has found his passion in film making and photography to combine these two elements in what he calls the perfect job – running in the hills with a camera. Ben takes every opportunity to broaden his skills and knowledge in the film world having worked in a variety of roles from his own commercial work, adventure documentaries, to filming and producing for an international adventure television series.

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