The Film Commission has four business units.
- Development and Production
- Talent Development
- International (which houses Incentives, Screen Attraction, and Enquiries)
There are four support groups, Business Affairs, Māori and Pacific Island Stories, Finance and Resources.
Development and Production
Want to make a feature film or documentary? Then our Development and Production team are the people to talk to. The team is headed by Leanne Saunders and made up of members Lloyd Meiklejohn, Rouzie Hassanova, Marc Ashton, Mechele Harron and Jane Simons.
Turning ideas into films
This team develops exciting ideas into great films. They will tell you what we can do to help your feature or documentary idea become a film, including script, shoot and post-production. Enquiries about Early Development Fund (EDF) and Advanced Development Fund (ADF) applications should be sent to Mechele and about production investment applications should be sent to Marc. This unit’s focus is working with filmmakers to create the best possible films, so if you want general assistance with your career then you need to talk to our Talent Development team.
Need help with your career? Want to make some connections here or overseas? Would you like to make a short film? Then contact our Talent Development team. It is led by Dale Corlett and comprises Jude McLaren with support from development co-ordinator Ange Senior.
Our focus is on finding, fostering, connecting and progressing exceptional New Zealand filmmaking talent. We help in the development of careers and making connections for you both here and overseas. We want to help local and expat producers, directors, writers and actors. The team is also responsible for our relationship with industry guilds and organisations, and for supporting short films, which are a valuable stepping stone to feature films.
Do you want to tell the world about your film? Our marketing team is run by Jasmin McSweeney and comprises of Kate Larkindale, Hayley Weston, Molly Littlejohn and Tracey Brown. We are focussed on getting more people watching great New Zealand feature films, both here and overseas.
What we do
Jasmin is the person to talk to about dealing with sales agents, distributors and major festivals. Kate focuses on publications and marketing collateral for films, and oversees our video-on-demand (VOD) platform. Hayley co-ordinates festival submissions and assists Jasmin in promoting New Zealand films. Tracey looks after film materials and deliveries. Molly assists Jasmin and the team. For all media enquiries, please contact Jasmin McSweeney.
Māori and Pacific Island Stories
Kia ora, kia orana, talofa lava and malo e lei. Do you have a great Māori or Pacific Island story you want to tell? We greatly value our unique Māori and Pacific Island cultures, and films with strong cultural elements are among the most successful in which we have invested , both here and overseas.
Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble is the NZFC's Pou Whakahaere and leads on implementing Te Rautaki Māori with assistance from Kathryn Graham and Chantelle Watts. Other staff involved in assisting with Māori and Pacific Island stories are Jasmin McSweeney, Mechele Harron and Tracey Brown. Feel free to contact any one of these staff members with enquiries related to Māori and/or Pacific Island stories. We want to help you make great Māori and Pacific Island films for global audiences.
The International Team looks after Incentives, International Screen Attraction and International Relations. This team works with many organisations and individuals both here and overseas. Catherine Bates administers the Government’s New Zealand Screen Production Grant (NZSPG). Chris Payne connects New Zealand and international talent and works with government agencies offshore on co-production treaties. Philippa Mossman is responsible for attracting international productions to New Zealand and connecting them with our local industry.
Supporting Catherine, Chris and Philippa are Chris Tyson, Mel Read, Jacqui Wood, Raymond Suen and Pam McCabe.
The Business Affairs team is Rochelle Cooney, Katie Baker, Kate Mooney and Bonnie Mahon.
Rochelle, Katie and Bonnie are responsible for all contractual matters while Kate manages the Te Ahi Kā programme and provides legal and adminstraive support.
Our Finance team is headed by Mladen Ivancic and includes Catherine Robinson, Dominique Fromont and Carol Wang. They are responsible for managing the New Zealand Film Commission's financial and information management systems.
What we do
Mladen is responsible for the administration of co-production applications and works alongside Government agencies on the negotiation of new co-production agreements. Dominique manages royalty reports and film income from domestic and international distributors, sales agents and collection agencies. Catherine manages the distribution of film income to investors and filmmakers once it has been collected by us.