The Film Commission has four business units.
- Development and Production
- Talent Development
- International (which houses Incentives Screen Attraction and Enquiries)
There are three support groups, Business Affairs, 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 Karin Williams, Chris Moll, Marc Ashton, Mechele Harron, Lucy Campagnolo and Adrianne Roberts.
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. Early Development Fund (EDF) and Advanced Development Fund (ADF) applications should be sent to Mechele and 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 and Paul Fagamalo 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, Lesa MacLeod-Whiting, Marg Lawson, Nick Garrett 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. Lesa co-ordinates festival submissions and assists Jasmin in promoting New Zealand films. Marg Lawson is our Strategy and Insights Advisor and faciliates the development of strategy and policy for the Film Commission. Nick helps young and emerging filmmakers engage with the Film Commission, and Tracey looks after film materials and deliveries. For all media enquiries, please contact Jasmin McSweeney.
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, Jemma Taylor, Raymond Suen and Pam McCabe.
Chloe McLoughlin is our Head of Business Affairs. She works with Rochelle Cooney, Larissa Barbour (currently on maternity leave) Conal Thompson, and Chanel Christie.
Chloe, Rochelle, Larissa and Conal are responsible for all contractual matters while Chanel manages the Te Ahi Kā programme.
Our Finance team is headed by Mladen Ivancic and includes Catherine Robinson, Bonnie Tonkin, 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 and Bonnie manage the distribution of film income to investors and filmmakers once it has been collected by us.