The Film Commission has five business units and three support groups.
- Development and Production
- Talent Development
- International (which houses Incentives, Screen Attraction, and Enquiries)
- Te Rautaki Māori
The three support groups are: Legal and 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 Christina Andreef, Johanna Smith, Marc Ashton, Mechele Harron, Olivier Leroy, Joel Rudolph, Linda Hughes, Vicky Jackways, Rosie Hole, Jaunnie Ilolahia and Rachel Emery.
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. Queries about the Screen Production Recovery Fund should be directed to Vicki and about Te Puna Kairangi - Premium Fund should be directed to Rachel.
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, Rachel Corley, Prashanth Guna and Nia Phipps.
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 Amanda Heatley, Hayley Weston and Ariana Namana. We are focussed on getting more people watching great New Zealand feature films, both here and overseas.
Connecting films with audiences
Jasmin is the person to talk to about dealing with sales agents, distributors and major festivals. Amanda looks after film materials, deliveries and services back-catalogue sales deals. Hayley works with Jasmin on film festival strategy and manages requests for film festival and cultural screenings. Ariana supports the team, assisting Jasmin with test screenings and events.
Te Rautaki Māori
Do you have a great Māori story you want to tell? We greatly value our unique Māori culture, 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 is the NZFC's Pou Whakahaere and leads on implementing Te Rautaki Māori with assistance from Kathryn Graham and Nkhaya Paulsen-More. Feel free to contact any one of these staff members with enquiries related to Māori stories. We want to help you make great Māori 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 Mel Read, Jacqui Wood, Nicola Lemberg, Jane Simons, Tom Kelly, Pam McCabe and Melissa Booth.
Legal and Business Affairs
The Legal and Business Affairs team is Katie Baker, Mia Gaudin, Grace Alexander and Bonnie Mahon.
Katie, Grace, Mia and Bonnie are responsible for all contractual matters and manage the Te Ahi Kā programme as well as providing legal support across the orgnaisation.
Our Finance team is headed by Mladen Ivancic and includes Raewyn Young, Dominique Fromont and Carol Wang. They are responsible for managing the New Zealand Film Commission's finances.
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. Raewyn oversees financial management for the organisation.Dominique manages royalty reports and film income from domestic and international distributors, sales agents and collection agencies.