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.
Who to contact:
We have moved to a new structure built on three business units and three support groups, all linked by strong connections across the organisation. Each of the groups reports to Chief Executive, Dave Gibson, who is supported by EA, Antoinette Wilcox. There are strong connections across the groups.
Our Front of House Coordinator is Rufus Richardson. He's likely to be the first person you meet when you come to the NZFC or the person you'll speak to when you right the main NZFC number.
Development and Production
Headed up by Lisa Chatfield with executives Briar Grace-Smith, 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 and Hayden Ellis, 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, Hayden and Chantelle) 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 any aspects issues relating to our previous film sales role, Tracey looks after film materials and deliveries, Tim also works on our participation at international film festivals and Jo concentrates on the digitisation project.
Business Affairs and Incentives
Rochelle Cooney is currently Acting Head of Business Affairs. She looks after the business of the organisation, with responsibility for all contractual matters, including film closing and sales and distribution contracts. The team is currently recruiting for a new Head of Business Affairs and a Business Affairs Assistant.
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.
Strategy and Communications
Roger Perkins maintains the link between us and our main stakeholder, the Government, on policy and governance issues, and works with the Board, Chief Executive and the wider organisation to help ensure that our work is meeting stakeholder expectations. This includes improving the research data on which decisions are made. Gina Rogers, our communications manager, manages our relationship with the media and works to ensure that our external communication - newsletter, reports and website - provides timely and high quality information to all of our stakeholders.
Finance is headed by Mladen Ivancic and includes Janka Palinkas, Dominique Fromont and Andrea McKenzie. 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 (Briar Grace-Smith), and Talent Development and Relationships (Whetu Fala). We are committed to a strategy that will advance the making of great Māori and Pasifika films for global audiences.