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Sophie Henderson with Alice Bell (AUS)

Sophie is a NZ screenwriter, playwright and actor. Her first screenplay, FANTAIL, in which she also starred, was nominated for 8 NZ Film Awards and had it’s world premiere at Rotterdam Film Festival in 2013. As an actor, Sophie is best known for playing, Cheryl’s lawyer, Bailey Wilson in the final season of OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE.

 

Alice Bell’s first feature film SUBURBAN MAYHEM was invited to screen in the Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival 2006. Alice won the AWGIE for Best Original Screenplay that year. She wrote for Jacquelin Perske and Claudia Karvan on their show Spirited, nominated for an AWGIE Award and the ABC’s award winning miniseries The Slap (the “Connie” episode), for which she and other series writers won an AWGIE Award. Alice was nominated for an AACTA Award for her writing on Channel Ten’s Puberty Blues. In 2009 Alice also completed a 5 month intensive writer’s workshop at the prestigious Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam, producing screenplay Gin and Tonic, which is currently in its final stages of development. Alice’s other projects in development include Endemol series The Beautiful Lie, and feature The Circus.

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Michelle Savill with Brita McVeigh

After completing her Bachelor of Media Arts with Honours, Michelle’s student film BETTY BANNED SWEETS was accepted into several high profile, international film festivals including Melbourne International Film Festival 2008 where she was invited to participate in the festival’s Accelerator programme. Michelle Savill’s short film ELLEN IS LEAVING was launched at the 2012 New Zealand International Film Festival after Roger Donaldson selected it for the festival’s New Zealand’s Best Short Film Programme. Since then it has been screened in prestigious international festivals, which include Clermont-Ferrand, Chicago International, LA Shorts, Rhode Island, and Aspen Shortsfest. In March, the film won the Best Narrative Short Film Award at SXSW Film Festival and in May won the Golden Gate Award for Best Narrative Short at the San Francisco International Film Festival.

Brita McVeigh has a cross disciplinary practise where she coaches acclaimed and emerging Actors, Directors, Writers and Producers in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. In less than a decade, Brita’s working methodology has contributed to the development of more than 113 feature film, short film, television and theatre projects. She is a board member of Script to Screen NZ and an advisory board member of the Aotearoa Writer’s Lab. Brita has been a mentor of the FilmUp mentorship programme for the last two years working one on one with Directors on how to strengthen their working approach with actors. She works using her own methodology crafted over 26 years of experience and tailors her approach to the unique requirements of each individual and project.

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Georgina Conder and Rachel Gardner

Georgina Allison Conder started off from career in the early 2000’s with Larry Parr and his company Kahukura Productions. In recent years she has been working as a line producer, including on feature films EAGLE VS SHARK, BOY, SHOPPING and THE PA BOYS. She went on to co-produce CONSENT: THE LOUISE NICHOLAS STORY (2014). In 2014 Georgina and Simon Price were selected to attend La Biennale College of Cinema in Venice with their project BE WILDEBEEST which is in currently in development. Her most recent film, Jake Mahaffy’s FREE IN DEED, won Best Film at Venice Film Festival, and enabled her to continue working in the area she loves – low-budget independent films.

Rachel Gardner joined See-Saw Films in 2014 to run the Australian film and drama slate after working with them on the NZ/UK co-production Slow West as the New Zealand producer. Prior to this, Rachel co-managed Great Southern Film and Television for seven years – either producing or executive producing all film, drama and scripted comedy. In 2008 she was voted NZ Producer of the Year.

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Miriam Smith and Chris Pryor with Leanne Pooley

Filmmaking team Chris Pryor & Miriam Smith created the critically acclaimed and award winning documentary film HOW FAR IS HEAVEN. Their upcoming feature documentary THE GROUND WE WON is set for a nationwide cinema release in New Zealand.
Inspired by the richness of discoveries from their documentary work, the team are also developing a slate of dramatic short and feature film projects with their production company Deer Heart Films. Miriam & Chris are looking to create a strong body of boldly original films that spring from the heart of this far flung place and speak to the world.

Leanne Pooley is one of New Zealand’s most accomplished documentary filmmakers having directed over 20 films. In 2011 Leanne’s work was recognised by the New Zealand Arts Foundation and she was made a New Zealand Arts Laureate.
Pooley’s documentaries have screened in more than 100 countries, and  include topics ranging from rugby to the Pope. Leanne’s most recent film is the 3D feature film BEYOND THE EDGE  for the General Film Corporation.  This film tells the story of Edmund Hillary’s conquest of Everest. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was a runner-up for the People’s Choice Award for Documentary.

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Desray Armstrong and Jan Chapman

Desray is an independent producer with a diverse slate of credits. She began her career in 2004 and has worked on numerous film and television productions as a freelance Production Coordinator, Production Manager, Line Producer and Producer. In 2007 she and producer/director Chelsea Winstanley set up production company StanStrong Ltd with a focus on creating conscious, compelling and informative content. She has produced three short films – MEATHEAD by Sam Holst (Cannes 2011, Chicago 2011 Winner Silver Plaque, Berlinale 2012 Winner Crystal Bear), ELLEN IS LEAVING by Michelle Savill (Clermont Ferrand 2013, SXSW 2013 Winner Best Narrative Short, San Francisco 2013 Best Narrative Short) and SNOWMEN by Jonathan Brough (Show Me Shorts 2014).

Jan Chapman has produced some of Australia’s most critically successful and popular films including Palme d’Or nominated BRIGHT STAR, AFI Best Film winner, LANTANA and Academy Award winner, THE PIANO. Her films have won many awards including co-recipient of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, 3 Academy Awards, Camera d’Or at Cannes (LOVE SERENADE), over 38 Australian Film Institute Awards, and have had numerous screenings and honours across the globe at the world’s top film festivals including Venice, Toronto, Sydney, Berlin and Cannes. In 2004 Jan was honoured for her outstanding contribution to the Australian film industry as the recipient of the Order of Australia and is currently on the boards of the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and the Sydney Film Festival.

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Max Currie and Jake Mahaffy

Max Currie wrote and directed the 2014 feature EVERYTHING WE LOVED, which played in competition in a slew of festivals, including Palm Springs, Munich, Sāo Paulo, Seattle, St Petersburg and Marrakech, won Best Actress and Best Cinematography at the 2014 NZ Film Awards, Best Actor at St Tropez, and Best Director at VTXIFF 2015 in Texas. EVERYTHING WE LOVED remains the number one most-watched title on NZ Film On Demand. Max now has two features in NZFC development, one set in New Jersey, USA, the other set across Piha and Berlin. Max also writes TV drama, working for five years as a full-time writer on Shortland Street (TV2) then more recently, Step Dave (TV2), as both storyliner and script writer.

Jake Mahaffy’s self-produced, micro-budget shorts and features were made single-handedly, featuring untrained actors in rural settings. His films have screened in international venues such as Sundance, Venice, SXSW, Rotterdam, MoMA (NY) and others. In 2008 his film WELLNESS won the Grand Jury prize at SXSW and in 2015 his film FREE IN DEED won Best Film Orizzonti Prize at Venice Film Festival. He founded two new filmmaking programs at two universities as an Associate Professor of Film and Art in the United States and currently coordinates the Screen Production program at the University of Auckland.

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Abigail Greenwood

Abigail is an Auckland-based award winning theatre director and filmmaker, with a background in acting, art dept and costume. Abigail’s first short film ELEVEN received international acclaim participating in international festivals including, Berlinale (2014). The film won Best Short Film at the Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards 2014, and Abigail was awarded for Distinctive Creative Achievement as a Director in the New Zealand International Film Festival ‘NZ’s Best’ Competition 2014. Her second short film THEODORA is in submission with international festivals. Abigail is currently working on her debut feature film.

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Jeremy Macey with Helen Bowden

Jeremy Macey studied Russian and German at Victoria University, and worked in theatre, short films and TVCs. In 1997–2001 he worked in Moscow in advertising, documentary and feature filmmaking. He produced and directed the documentary Shpilt Mir (Play For Me) about the revival of klezmer in the former Soviet Union, followed by a documentary about Russian immigrants in Christchurch and Highnote, covering the National Youth Choir tour to East Europe and Russia. Jeremy worked in development at the NZ Film Commission before returning to the industry as producer of the feature Hook, Line and Sinker (2011), and short films including I’m Going to Mum’s (Berlinale 2013).

Helen Bowden is one of Australia’s most dynamic Film & TV producers and was a founder of Matchbox Pictures, which was started in 2008 and sold to NBCUniversal in 2014. She has produced three high end dramas in the last four years: DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, for Foxtel, UNDERGROUND, a telemovie about Julian Assange for Network Ten; and THE SLAP for the ABC. Helen is an Executive Producer on the US version of THE SLAP, which is about to screen on NBC. She has also produced three feature films: SOFT FRUIT, TRAVELING LIGHT and LOU.

 

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Dustin Feneley and Brita McVeigh

Dustin Feneley is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts Film School, where he attained a Graduate Diploma and a Masters of Film and Television in narrative filmmaking. His short films as writer and director (NIGHT, SNOW, HAWKER, ESKIMO KISS) have won numerous awards and screened at over one hundred film festivals, including official selections at Cannes, London, Melbourne and Sydney. In 2006, his student film SNOW premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in the Cinéfondation selection. In 2011, he was awarded the Filmmaker Grand Prix at the Sapporo International Short Film Festival for his body of work in short films. His debut feature project STRAY was selected for the 2012 Directors Lab at the Binger Filmlab (Amsterdam) and was presented at IFFR’s international co-production market CineMart in 2013. The film is currently in advanced development.

Brita McVeigh has a cross disciplinary practise where she coaches acclaimed and emerging Actors, Directors, Writers and Producers in New Zealand, Australia and the United States. In less than a decade, Brita’s working methodology has contributed to the development of more than 113 feature film, short film, television and theatre projects. She is a board member of Script to Screen NZ and an advisory board member of the Aotearoa Writer’s Lab. Brita has been a mentor of the FilmUp mentorship programme for the last two years working one on one with Directors on how to strengthen their working approach with actors. She works using her own methodology crafted over 26 years of experience and tailors her approach to the unique requirements of each individual and project.

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Joe Lonie and Gerard Johnstone

Joe Lonie got his start in film by directing music clips for his own band Supergroove. He directed clips and TVCs for Flying Fish for more than a decade, winning many awards, in particular for his series of one-shot videos for Goodshirt. In 2012 he wrote and directed his debut short film, HONK IF YOUR HORNY. It had a successful film festival run, picking up multiple awards, including Best Short Script, Best Actor and Best Short Film at the NZ Film Awards, and Best Actor, Best Director and Best Film at Show Me Shorts. In 2013 Lonie directed the web series THE FACTORY. His new short film SHOUT AT THE GROUND is a semi–autobiographical comedy based on his experiences in the early, formative stages of Supergroove.

Gerard Johnstone wrote and directed hit comedy series THE JAQUIE BROWN DIARIES, which won best comedy at the 2009 and 2010 NZ Film and TV Awards. His subsequent debut feature film, comedy horror HOUSEBOUND (2014), received rave reviews and was an international festival favourite. Most recently he has written and directed a reboot of the much loved 1980s comic and TV show TERRY TEO.

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Chantelle Burgoyne

Chantelle is a filmmaker of mixed Samoan and European heritage. She has a BA (Hons) and MA (Hons) in Screen Production from the University of Auckland specialising in directing drama. Her MA thesis film TATAU won the Geoff Evans Prize for Excellence in Screen Production in her year and went on to screen at film festivals in NZ and internationally. Since graduating Chantelle has been working for the NZFC as the Fresh Shorts Assistant before taking on roles in production on major Hollywood productions such as  CROUNCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON II, PETE’S DRAGON, and FOX’S ALIEN: COVENANT.  Most recently Chantelle worked as the assistant to Executive Producer Barrie Osborne ONZM, on the Warner Brother’s film MEG and as the assistant to the producers on the NZ location shoot for A WRINKLE IN TIME. In 2016 Chantelle received Fresh 30 funding from the NZFC for her short film SISTA which is currently in preproduction and set to begin shooting at the end of April 2017.

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Gillian Ashurst with Keith Thompson

Gillian Ashurst is a Canterbury based writer and director. Her filmmaking career kicked off when her first short film, the sci-fi themed Venus Blue, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 1999. This led to a deal by the NZFC and Portman Entertainment to fund her first feature film, the award winning road movie, Snakeskin. After Snakeskin, Gillian took time off to raise her family, but continued to write and direct documentaries. These included Rocketman – the story of Bill Pickering, who headed NASA’s early unmanned space explorations, and Alchemy and Atoms – a three part documentary about Ernest Rutherford. Gillian recently returned to feature film, with several new projects in development.

Keith Thompson is a ten-time Australian Writers’ Guild AWGIE Award winning screenwriter, who has won the Major AWGIE Award for the best script of the year on three occasions. His adaptation of THE SAPPHIRES, with co-writer Tony Briggs was an Official Selection at Cannes in 2012 , was acquired for worldwide distribution by the Weinstein Company. His feature film CLUBLAND screened at Sundance in 2006.

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Nic Gorman and Ray Lawrence

Nic is a writer/director, interested in working in genre but especially attracted to the possibilities for human connections and conflict implicit within those genres. His short film, Here Be Monsters, which he wrote and co-directed was funded in the Fresh Shorts scheme and played at festivals both here and overseas, including Fantastic Fest 2013 – the biggest genre festival in the USA. It won several awards at the Show Me Shorts festival 2013 including best screenplay and was awarded best short film at the 2013 New Zealand Film Awards. Currently his team has a feature in development called Human Traces.

Ray Lawrence has been a successful and award winning commercials director for 30 years, and in that time has made three feature films. BLISS was screened In Competition, Cannes Film Festival in 1985 and the film won Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay at the AFI Awards and was nominated for ten other categories. LANTANA, based on the play SPEAKING IN TONGUES by Andrew Bovell. The film won seven AFI Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Anthony LaPaglia), Best Actress (Kerry Armstrong), and Best Adapted Screenplay, and also performed exceptionally well at the Australian box office. Ray’s latest film, JINDABYNE, had its world premiere at Cannes and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It received numerous nominations at the 2006 AFI and IF Awards and won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize for Best Film and the Best Screenplay Award at the 2006 Stockholm Film Festival.

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Jake Mahaffy and Jon Raymond

Jake Mahaffy’s self-produced, micro-budget shorts and features were made single-handedly, featuring untrained actors in rural settings. His films have screened in international venues such as Sundance, Venice, SXSW, Rotterdam, MoMA (NY) and others. In 2008 his film WELLNESS won the Grand Jury prize at SXSW and in 2015 his film FREE IN DEED won Best Film Orizzonti Prize at Venice Film Festival. He founded two new filmmaking programs at two universities as an Associate Professor of Film and Art in the United States and currently coordinates the Screen Production program at the University of Auckland.

Jon Raymond is the author of the novels THE HALF-LIFE, RAIN DRAGONFREEBIRD, and the short-story collection LIVABILITY, a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection and winner of the Oregon Book Award. He is also the screenwriter of the film MEEK’S CUT-OFF and co-writer of the films OLD JOY and WENDY AND LUCY, both based on his short fiction, and the film NIGHT MOVES. He also co-wrote the HBO miniseries MILDRED PIERCE, winner of five Emmy Awards. Raymond’s writing has appeared in Tin House, the Village Voice, Bookforum, Artforum, and other publications. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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Jamie Lawrence

Jamie is an award-winning writer/director who has achieved a run of internationally successful short films alongside his career directing commercials. He was nominated for Best Director at Axis 2017 for his Salvation Army UNEXPECTED HOMELESS campaign, which took home a gold, two silvers and one bronze Axis Award. Jamie’s debut short film SOMEWHERE ONLY WE KNOW most notably won the prestigious Nicolas Baudin Award for Best Short Film at the Festival des Antipodes in France. His latest NZFC-funded short film CUB won International Best Screenplay at the Canberra Short Film Festival, and was a finalist for the People’s Choice Award and winner of Best Actor at Show Me Shorts Film Festival. Jamie was a finalist for SPADA’s New Filmmaker of the Year Award 2012, and received a scholarship to study at the New York Film Academy in 2008. Last year, Jamie was selected as the Director Trainee on TV One’s DIRTY LAUNDRY, shadowing renowned director Peter Burger.

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Asuka Sylvie and Jackie van Beek

Asuka Sylvie is a writer/director from New Zealand. She graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts, School of Film & Television in Melbourne with her award winning short PINION, which screened at various international film festivals including the Melbourne International Film Festival 2010, taking part in the prestigious Accelerator Program. Her recent short film LAKE made with the assistance of the New Zealand Film Commission, premiered at Palm Springs International ShortFest 2014 and won the Ingmar Bergman award at Uppsala International Short Film Festival. In February 2015, Asuka was invited to partake in the Short Film Project Lab at the Berlinale Talents with her new short film script JUNGLE.

Jackie is an actress, writer and director who enjoys working in both theatre and film. Her short films have played at numerous festivals including Berlin, London, Palm Springs and MIFF and are being used as educational resources in NZ, Australia, France, Denmark and the UK. She won SPADA New Filmmaker of the Year in 2013. In 2014 she won Best Actor at the Show Me Shorts film festival for her short film UPHILL and won Best Supporting Actress at the New Zealand Film Awards for her role in the vampire mockumentary,  WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS. This year UPHLL was awarded first prize in the WIFT International Shortcase Film Festival. She is currently in post-production with her first feature, THE INLAND ROAD.

 

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Nadia Maxwell and Rosemary Blight

Nadia is a creative producer based in Christchurch. She is currently in post-production on her first feature film HUMAN TRACES, a low-budget psychological thriller. Working in the film & television industry in both New Zealand and the UK for the last 17 years, she’s been producing since 2009, building on a strong track record of associate producing and production managing. In 2012 she produced the award-wining short film HERE BE MONSTERS (Winner Best Short Film, 2013 New Zealand Film Awards, In competition Best International Short, Fantasia Film Festival 2014).  Nadia has a slate of films in active development and enjoys collaborating on original and ambitious projects.

Rosemary Blight is one of Australia’s most experienced producers of both feature film & high end television drama and is a founding partner of Goalpost Pictures. Credits include the box office hit The Sapphires, which premiered at Cannes; the international production Felony, directed by Matthew Saville and starring Joel Edgerton, tom Wilkinson and Jai Courtney: and the Julien Temple-directed The Eternity Man which won the Rose’Dor. She is Producer of the Sundance TV / ABC TV series Cleverman, which was selected for the prestigious 2016 Berlinale Special and is in development of Season 2. Rosemary Executive Produced the Cannes Film Festival selection The Tree, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, and the BAFTA nominated family series Lockie Leonard. She is Executive Producer of the Neil Armfield feature Holding The Man. Rosemary sits on the Board of Screen Australia.

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Jessica Hansell

Jessica Hansell is a writer, musician and artist with a long history in comics, zines and journalism. Hansell wrote and created two seasons of the cartoon AROHA BRIDGE, a cult local webseries about musical Māori twins in the suburbs – this sold to Māori TV, SBS and Imaginative in Toronto. Under the name Coco Solid she has toured and recorded internationally with her music. Hansell has an MA in creative writing from the International Institute of Modern Letters and is currently television writing for several local comedy shows. Hansell is also a selected member of Piki Films, a collective of screenwriters collaborating on work as led by executive producers Taika Waititi and Carthew Neal.

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Curtis Vowell and Garth Davis

Curtis’s debut feature film, FANTAIL premiered in the New Zealand International Film Festival in 2013. It was nominated for 8 New Zealand Film Awards including Best Director and Best Picture and was named in the Dominion Post’s Top 10 Films of 2013. FANTAIL was invited to have its international premiere at Rotterdam International Film Festival in January 2014. The film had a nationwide release in New Zealand this winter and was selected for the Melbourne International Festival, winning a People’s Choice award. An alumni of Melbourne Film Festival Accelerator programme, Curtis recently directed the short film $1 RESERVE and is currently working on a series of short films for the Auckland Museum called Tales of Tāmaki . His next feature, MANHUNT is currently in development with the New Zealand Film Commission.

Garth Davis is an internationally renowned commercials director who in 2012 co-directed the Emmy Award®-winning TV series Top of the Lake, alongside Academy Award®-winner Jane Campion. He is currently in post production on his debut feature film LION, produced by THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY (TWC) and SEE SAW FILMS, starring Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham.

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Josephine Stewart-Tewhiu and Dana Rotberg

Josephine Stewart-Tewhiu is a writer and actor based in Auckland. She is a graduate of Unitec’s Screen and Performing Arts degree and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Auckland University in Film, Television and Media. Her earlier works CHALK and RUBY TUESDAY, co-written with a devising partner, had seasons in Auckland and Wellington. Josephine’s most recent produced work THE BLACK was a critical success. Based on her own experiences with depression, THE BLACK integrated stop motion animation and live animation with theatre. Her latest play SEAN PEAN IN HIS BOAT came runner-up overall at the prestigious Adam Play Awards. It is currently in the process of being workshopped by Playmarket.

Dana Rotberg is a Mexican filmmaker. Her feature films are critically acclaimed and have played at numerous prestigious festivals, with ANGEL DE FUEGO, MAN GOD AND THE MONSTER and THE PERFECT CIRCLE all screening at Director’s Fortnight in Cannes. Her feature INTIMIDAD also played at Berlinale and OTILIA RAUDA was awarded with the Sundance Filmmaker’s Award. Dana is a member of the European Film Academy and is on the Mexican Council for Culture and the Arts. During her time living in New Zealand, Dana wrote and directed WHITE LIES, adapted from the novella MEDICINE WOMAN by Witi Ihimaera. She is currently living in Mexico City, where she is working on her next feature film.

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Jan Oliver Lucks

Jan Oliver Lucks work often plays with documentary conventions, challenging the line between fact and fiction. After completing his BA and MA in filmmaking (University of Otago), Ollie made two short films: THE CHARACTERISTICS OF C-MINOR (for the BBC) and WILBUR FORCE (for Loading Docs). The former screened at 20 international film festivals (including Teheran, Colorado and Byron Bay) and the latter premiered at the 2015 NZIFF while raking up more than a quarter of a million views online. Ollie is currently in post-production for his first feature WILBUR – THE KING IN THE RING (co-directed with Julia Parnell) and in pre-production for his second film.

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Gaysorn Thavat and Ray Lawrence

Gaysorn worked through the ranks of the camera department and became a 1st AD on many NZ and overseas productions. It was standing beside cameras for those years, watching directors and actors working that inspired her to move into directing. She has shot commercials in NZ, Australia, Europe and the US, but is most proud of her PSAs for the City Mission, Breast Cancer Foundation and Family Violence. In 2009 she directed her first short film BRAVE DONKEY which was selected for numerous festivals. Gaysorn developed her feature film idea THE JUSTICE OF BUNNY KING with Gregory King, and is now working on a screenplay with Sophie Henderson.

Ray Lawrence has been a successful and award winning commercials director for 30 years, and in that time has made three feature films. BLISS was screened In Competition, Cannes Film Festival in 1985 and the film won Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay at the AFI Awards and was nominated for ten other categories. LANTANA, based on the play SPEAKING IN TONGUES by Andrew Bovell. The film won seven AFI Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Anthony LaPaglia), Best Actress (Kerry Armstrong), and Best Adapted Screenplay, and also performed exceptionally well at the Australian box office. Ray’s latest film, JINDABYNE, had its world premiere at Cannes and its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. It received numerous nominations at the 2006 AFI and IF Awards and won the prestigious FIPRESCI prize for Best Film and the Best Screenplay Award at the 2006 Stockholm Film Festival.

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Zia Mandviwalla

Born in India and raised in the Middle East, Zia Mandviwalla is an Auckland based film and commercials director.  NIGHT SHIFT, Zia’s most recent short film, premiered at the Festival de Cannes in 2012, before showing at Sundance, New York, Melbourne, Sydney and Valladolid Film Festivals, amongst others. It took home a host of international awards and featured as part of Tirohia Mai, a landmark exhibition about the social history of women in New Zealand. Zia’s previous short films, EATING SAUSAGE, CLEAN LINEN and AMADI have also received acclaim at festivals around the world and featured as part of the Berlinale Talent Campus and at Melbourne’s Accelerator program. Zia is currently part of the programming team of the Show Me Shorts Film Festival and directing commercials for Curious and Finch.

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Fraser Brown - Script Development

Fraser is a creative producer and professional actor, based in Auckland, NZ. Graduating Toi Whakaari – NZ Drama School in 2001 he continues to perform in film, theatre and television, highlights include THE INSIDERS GUIDE TO HAPPINESS, FIELD PUNISHMENT NO. 1 and upcoming feature films 25th APRIL and THE PATRIARCH. Fraser began producing with award-winning short film, DEAD LETTERS (Telluride Film Festival, 2006) and his first feature; ORPHANS & KINGDOMS (post production) won “Best Editing” at the NZ Film Awards in 2014. Fraser is currently in preproduction on MCLAREN, a feature documentary directed by Roger Donaldson, and has a slate of projects in development across a range of media.

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Yamin Tun and Rolf De Heer

Yamin Tun is a writer/director, and a graduate of the University of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics & Economics. She won the Unitec scholarship prize in the 48hour film competition. She is an Asia NZ Foundation Arts Grant recipient for three consecutive years (2011-2014). Yamin’s short films include TWO PRINCES, WAIT and THE DREAM OF THE DRIVER (runner-up, Tropfest 2016). Her feature film script HONG KONG STORY was shortlisted by Sundance Screenwriters Lab 2016. In 2013, Yamin was selected by Film Finances Inc to attend Telluride Film Festival, and meet film industry people in Los Angeles. Yamin has also been shortlisted for the Script to Screen Killer Films internship and the 2016 DDB Showtools New Directors Award.

Dutch-Australian director Rolf de Heer, born in Holland, writes and produces his own films. Works include TEN CANOES, DANCE ME TO MY SONG, THE QUIET ROOM, ALEXANDRA’S PROJECT, THE TRACKER, THE OLD MAN WHO READ STORIES and cult classic BAD BOY BUBBY. Most recently, CHARLIE’S COUNTRY, his third collaboration with renowned Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil, won Best Actor in Un Certain Regard at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

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Dianne Taylor

Dianne’s first film, APRON STRINGS, 2008 (dir. Sima Urale) opened the NZ International Film Festival and screened in numerous film festivals around the world, including Toronto. Her second feature film, BEYOND THE KNOWN WORLD, (dir. Pan Nalin) was filmed in India and will be released in New Zealand in April 2016. HAURAKI, 2011, (dir. Kirsten Green) screened at the Tribeca Film Festival and won Best Short Film Script at the Screenwriter Awards New Zealand (Swanz) 2011. Current projects include two biopics in early development and TENDER AGE (dir. Peter Carstairs) which has received NZFC development support, was selected for the Equinox Europe Script Development Programme 2015, and the EAVE Producer’s Workshop, Europe, 2016. Shooting is planned for late 2017/early 2018.

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Julia Parnell - Script Development

Julia Parnell is an award-winning producer and documentary director. In her 10 year career as an independent producer she has created a diverse range of projects including documentaries and documentary series. In recent years Julia has expanded into producing drama with four NZFC-funded theatrical shorts Hitch Hike, Friday Tigers, Dive and Rising Dust. In 2013 Friday Tigers, won the New Zealand International Film Festival’s Best New Zealand Short and in 2014 Dive took the coveted Show Me Shorts Best Film award.

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Tim Van Dammen and Andrew Adamson

Tim Van Dammen has produced and directed over 140 music videos to date through his production company Blur and Sharpen. In 2010 Tim was nominated for 6 Juice TV Video Awards for which he won Best Electronic Video for the Kids Of 88 song JUST A LITTLE BIT. This video also went on to win best director at the Vodafone NZ Music Awards. In 2010 Tim was approached to adapt 38 songs adapted from Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET into a feature film. Tim adapted the songs into a screenplay, produced and directed the film now titled ROMEO AND JULIET: A LOVE SONG. An early cut of the film sparked the interest of legendary Oscar winning editor Jamie Selkirk (LOTR, KING KONG) who took Tim under his wing and mentored him through the post production of the film.

Andrew Adamson is a New Zealand born director, producer and screenwriter known for blockbuster animation films SHREK, SHREK 2, SHREK THE THIRD and PUSS IN BOOTS. Adamson worked between roles as director, producer and writer for THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA TRILOGY and more recently he directed, produced and wrote MR. PIP and 3D family fantasy film CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY.

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Florian Habicht

Florian Habicht was born in Berlin, and immigrated with his family to New Zealand in the early eighties. He studied at the Elam School of Fine Arts Auckland and Binger Filmlab in Amsterdam. He is one of our most prolific filmmakers being responsible for some of NZ’s most innovative films, from experimental WOODENHEAD (2003), cult documentaries KAIKOHE DEMOLITION (2004) & RUBBINGS OF A LIVE MAN (2008), to his participatory LOVE STORY (2010) and cinematic homage to  brit-pop band, PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH & SUPERMARKETS (2014). Florian is currently in post-production with his seventh feature film SPOOKERS, and has two other films in development.

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Tui Ruwhiu - Script Development

Tui Ruwhiu (Ngāpuhi) is a Māori writer, director, producer and executive producer. He was an executive producer with Tauihu Shorts, one of the NZFC’s Premiere Shorts PODs. As part of his feature film career development, Tui completed The Script Factory Foundation Script Development Workshop with former NZFC Head of Development Caroline Grosse. Tui was chosen for the Script to Screen First Feature Film Lab in 2013 as a script editing mentee with Australian screenwriter Keith Thompson. In 2014, he produced the short film Pūmanawa: The Gift, which has been selected for numerous international film festivals. He is the current Executive Director of the New Zealand Directors & Editors Guild of NZ.

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Julie Alp - Script Development

Julie learnt most of what she knows about editing and storytelling in cutting rooms on feature films. After a long apprenticeship as an assistant she moved into the big chair and now has over a decade’s experience as an editor on drama, films, short films, commercials and documentaries. She is currently enjoying extending her story skills to development and story consulting in the writing and editing processes.