The New Zealand Film Commission is a crown entity working to grow the New Zealand film industry.
The work we do touches on just about everything to do with film. We invest in feature films, short films, script and career development and marketing and promoting New Zealand films and filmmakers both here and overseas. We are committed to telling New Zealand stories through the medium of film. We often work in conjunction with other government agencies, such as the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry for Tourism and the Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment. We are responsible for administering the Large Budget Screen Production Grant, the Post, Digital and Visual Effects Grant and the Screen Production Incentive Fund and for certifying official co-productions and New Zealand films for tax purposes.
Through our financing and administration of incentive schemes we have been involved in more than 300 feature films including Boy, Goodbye Pork Pie, Heavenly Creatures, The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Avatar, Whale Rider and Mr Pip.
We have a permanent staff of 21 and are based in Wellington. We also have a number of staff members supporting us on fixed term contracts.
Development and Production
Headed up by Lisa Chatfield with executive Sean Carley and coordinator Linda Halle, this unit is responsible for helping exciting ideas become great films. They are the people to talk to about what we can do to facilitate feature length films and documentaries, including script, shoot and post. Send EDF and ADF applications to Linda and production investment applications to Lisa. The unit’s focus is working with filmmakers to create the best possible films so you need to talk to the next team if you want general career assistance.
Talent Development and Relationships
The focus of this new unit is to assist career pathways for talented professionals in the industry. Led by Chris Payne and comprising Bonnie Slater, Whetu Fala, Mia Henry-Tierney and Diana Byrne, this is our talent engagement and growth area. A particular focus is facilitating connections, both here and overseas, for local and expat producers, directors, writers and actors (Chris). The team is also responsible for our relationships with industry guilds and organisations (Bonnie), and for administering our support for short films (Whetu and Mia) as a valuable stepping stone to feature films.
Run by Jasmin McSweeney and comprising Faith Dennis, Tim Hope, Tracey Brown and Jo Dixon-Didier, the focus of this unit is to get more people watching great New Zealand feature films and shorts, here and overseas. Jasmin is the first person to talk to about dealing with sales agents, distributors, major festivals and the new VOD platform, Faith is focusing on test screenings and preparation of press releases and marketing collateral for short and feature films, Tracey looks after film materials and deliveries, Tim also works on our participation at international film festivals and Jo concentrates on the digitisation project.
Naomi Wallwork is Screen Incentives Manager. She is responsible for the administration of the Government’s new New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG) which replaces the Large Budget Screen Production Grant (LBSPG) and Screen Production Incentive Fund (SPIF) from 1 April 2014.
Chloe McLoughlin is our Head of Business Affairs working with Business Affairs Executive Rochelle Cooney and Business Affairs and Incentives Assistant Conal Thompson. Chloe and Rochelle are responsible for all contractual matters, including film closing and sales and distribution contracts. Conal provides administrative support to the Incentives and Business Affairs groups, and receives and responds to Grant applications and queries as well as assisting in contractual matters.
Strategy and Communications
Selina Joe is our Strategy and Insights Advisor and faciliates the development of agency strategy and policy for the NZFC and NZ On Air. For all media enquiries regarding film-specific projects please contact our Marketing Manager Jasmin McSweeney. For all corporate media enquiries please contact Executive Assistant Antoinette Wilcox.
Finance is headed by Mladen Ivancic and includes Janka Palinkas and Dominique Fromont. They are responsible for managing the NZFC’s financial and information management systems.
Mladen is also responsible for the administration of co-production applications and works alongside Government agencies on the negotiation of new co-production agreements. Dominique manages and monitors royalty reports and film income from domestic and international distributors, sales agents and collection agencies. In addition, Janka manages the distribution of film income to investors and filmmakers once it has been collected by the NZFC.
Māori and Pasifika Stories
Māori and Pasifika stories are unique to New Zealand and this strand is represented by staff in the key areas of Development and Production and Talent Development and Relationships please feel free to contact Whetu Fala. We are committed to a strategy that will advance the making of great Māori and Pasifika films for global audiences.