Two local talents have put together a music video for this year’s Top of the South Film Festival.

Emily Thompson from Richmond produced the video and Melissa Faith, a Wakefield musician, wrote the song. Melissa is the main performer, dancing and singing in the video, but Emily also takes on an enchantress role.

“Dance to the Beat of your Drum” is a representation of a journey I have been on. Losing who I was and conforming to others, then breaking free,” says Melissa.

“My hope is that this music video will encourage others who are on a similar journey. Emily Thompson was the wonderful mastermind behind assembling the team of people and bringing my vision to life,” she says.

There is an incredible array of talent from the Tasman region involved this year, including dance choreography, hair and makeup, art department, costuming, lighting and camera crew, all coming together in the beautiful Snowden’s Bush location in Brightwater to film a magical experience, says writer and producer Justin Eade.

“A great song, beautiful location, amazing dancers… we’re really happy with this video we have produced locally in the wonderful Tasman district.”

Their 5-minute video was filmed earlier in the year and will be part of 14 films that make up the Festival’s ‘Gold Reel’ screening.

All proceeds from the festival go to support and nurture local filmmakers, enabling them to make films in the Top of the South region through the Top of the South Filmmakers Society.

The society’s long-term goal is to establish a thriving Top of the South film production industry and provide employment opportunities for filmmakers within the region.

This is the 6th time the annual festival has been held and it is double the size this year with 8 screenings and 55 films selected from 78 entries. Be part of the red-carpet glamour, screenings are on at the Suter Theatre in Nelson on November 20-22, and then in Motueka on November 28 and 29.

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