Esther Cahill-Chiaroni (Executive Director)

Since starting as the Executive Director of Script to Screen in 2011 Esther has launched and is director of the Big Screen Symposium, The Writers’ Lab Aotearoa and the FilmUp Mentorship Programme.  Esther has a First Class Honours and Masters degree in screen production from the University of Auckland, where she wrote and directed a number of short films.  She has three children.


Miriam Smith (Big Screen Symposium Programme Manager)

Miriam Smith co-directed and produced the critically acclaimed/award-winning feature documentaries HOW FAR IS HEAVEN and THE GROUND WE WON with filmmaking partner Chris Pryor. They are currently developing a number of film projects under their company Deer Heart Films. Miriam was awarded the Senior English Prize during her BA in English & Film, and gained a Masters in Creative & Performing Arts at the University of Auckland.


Sjionel Timu (Programme Coordinator)

Sjionel (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi) has a background in sound and moving image. She is interested in work that investigates and develops research, community and cultural identity. Her previous experience includes developing the film collection and co-ordinating Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Auckland. She is a free-lance videographer, studying Te Reo Māori and has two daughters Coco & Valentina.

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Eloise Veber (Programme Manager)

Eloise is our Programme Manager, running a year round programme of workshops, discussions, the Short Film Lab, assisting programming the Big Screen Symposium and also more intensive mentoring programmes in South Auckland (South Shorts) and in the Hokianga (Far North Shorts). She has been a member of staff for five years. Her past experience includes working for the NZ Film Commission as Distribution Assistant, and as Market Assistant for NZ Film at the Marché du Film in Cannes. She has a Masters in Architecture.