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. 

For 2024 we are running the beginner two day course aimed.

Dates and programme: TBC. 

Five Day Programme Overview

The Adventure Filmmakers School is an amazing opportunity for independent and emerging filmmakers to advance their skills under the instruction and guidance of industry leading professionals in their fields. Three highly skilled film industry professionals will run modules on topics like: producing/development/storytelling, directing/safety/interviews, audio, camera work, editing, special effects, with a final day of student editing and mentorship.

During this 5 day programme participants will learn insider skills to hone their craft, strengthen their narratives, interact with fellow filmmakers, and will receive tutoring throughout the course.

The school has a definite adventure focus. So filming in the outdoors, around and in water, up and down mountains, in the backcountry.

By the end of the course you should have a good understanding of how to plan an adventure film, write a story, apply for funding, compose and film it, do interviews and record quality sound, edit the footage, adding basic animation and effects then polish off the film for submitting to Film Festivals, or just to show your family or friends.


Who is the Course For?

The course is aimed at people who have done some basic film making, who know how to run a camera and do basic editing on FCPX or Adobe Premiere Pro. People with a little camera experience.

Advanced amateurs, or starting out professionals. Past 2 day AFS students.

We have up to two scholarships available for under 18 year olds. Contact us to apply.


$TBC – 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.





How to Register

Email us now to register.

2023 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.

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.

Peter Young has extensive experience as a cameraman, director and producer. He brings a well-rounded skill set to any production but what shines through is his passion for well-crafted story-telling.

Peter runs Fisheye Films alongside his partner Tracy Roe, and they have been creating award-winning film & television for over 25 years. Their production Fight for the Wild was awarded Best Factual Series at the 2021 New Zealand Television Awards.

Peter has won many awards for his work behind the camera but it’s being part of a creative, collaborative team that keeps him in the game. We are delighted that he is joining us a tutor at this year’s Adventure Film School. Peter has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share; our attendees are in for a treat!

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

Contact us to join this course.