After nearly a decade of producing films with students at the Mad Hatters Film Camp, we have learnt a lot about the approach of practical, hands on learning! We believe every child should have the chance to experience the life-changing benefits that learning beyond classroom walls offers. Fundamental to our approach is that students have fun, hands on extraordinary filmmaking experiences, where students take control of the process and learn by doing. The goal is to inspire young people to be find and use their creative voice, to develop their communication skills, work as a team, take risks, be resilient, courageous and the way we do this is through filmmaking.


Through the process of filmmaking and outdoor adventure our goal is to provide students with not only a solid foundation in the essential skills of film production but to develop the confidence, creativity and perseverance needed to go out and pursue their passions after camp, whether that is educationally, professionally or personally.

  • Outdoor Adventure Activities
  • Hands on Film Making
  • Team Building Games
  • Story & Character Development
  • Editing
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Directing the Actor
  • Camera Technique
Claire Laho-Mccormack

Both My Daughter aged 13 and my son age 9 absoulutely love Mad Hatters Film Camp. Kirsten, Sam and Jamie make it so much fun, always coming up with new ideas. There is just nothing else that compares to it here on the coast. For me it’s lovely to see both my children enjoy something together. My daughter had the best birthday party there, my son has already put in a request for his! Thank you Mad Hatters for giving my children such fun weekends we look forward to many more!!

James Squires

My son has just finished a weekend at the Film Camp and loved every minute! He could barely contain his excitement when he arrived home and is still talking about it now! He’s learned lots, met some great people and been truly inspired. Thank you!

Cathy Riva

My daughter spent a week filled with fun and adventure. I highly recommend this camp. The team is terrific and the movies are so fun. Something we will treasure forever, and look forward to doing again next year.

Isabel Saunders-Lagrillière

My daughter started attending the weekend film camps earlier this year and she absolutely loves them! From the moment we entered Mad Hatters’ beautiful HQ on the beach till we watched the first movie she participated in, we just new that this was the right thing for her. Professional, fun, creative, cool, educational – I cannot praise or recommend them highly enough

Lis O'Kelly

Our son has just completed his first Film Camp and had an amazing time. We are so impressed. Sam and Kirsten & team are so friendly and really helpful with all our questions and our son’s needs. He came out having had a great time and having learnt so much. He just can’t wait for the next one!! Highly recommended.

Kerry Wickersham

Totally authentic experience. Just brilliant…creative, expressive, inclusive, collaborative and with amazing results every time. Highly recommended.

Harriet Aide

My kiddies have all loved every second of the camps they have been on … and the overseas family have equally loved seeing their films…. and we parents have loved the peace and quiet knowing our kids are safe and having fun.

Alison Cuddy

My daughter Alexis was very shy and wasn’t sure about going. After coming back from her first day at Film camp she was hooked! She had an amazing week and I really noticed how much more confident she was! She loved the instructors and is so happy with all things she had learnt from it…she’s still buzzing and cant wait for Summer Camp!

Sanna Wright

Amazing! My son just finished two days of film camp and he loved it and can’t wait for the next one to start. Will definitely be sending him again, great confidence booster and great team to teach the kids and take care of them! So happy we let him try this! Thank you all at mad hatters.

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