Jackie Dennis – Programmes and Operations

Jackie started working in film and television in 1999 as General Manager at Mushroom Pictures in Sydney. During this time she was involved in a wide range of productions including ChopperCut and Getting Square. She has since worked as an independent producer on various projects including short film Zero which was selected for four international film festivals. In 2005 Jackie returned to New Zealand to open a Mushroom office in Auckland. She was Programme Manager of the Big Screen Symposium in 2012 and 2013, she also facilitated Script to Screen’s inaugural FilmUp mentorship programme and was previously the Executive Director New Zealand Society of Authors.



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.



Sjionel Timu – Programme Coordinator

Sjionel (Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu) 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 coordinating Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, Auckland.  At Script to Screen she coordinates the Far North filmmaking project, regional workshops and the South Auckland mentorship programme. 


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Lucy Wigmore – Business and Audience Development

Lucy graduated as an actor from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School in 2002 and has been working extensively on stage and screen since. In 2008 she moved to London, where she continued her acting work, and began her career as a film-maker. She wrote and directed her first short film, SIGN LANGUAGE, while studying at the London Film Academy. In late 2009, she moved to Sydney, where she continued her acting work and made her second short, STATIONERY, which premiered at Flickerfest Festival in 2015.  Since returning to NZ, she has directed various web series episodes, made a music video and in 2015, she programmed the Big Screen Symposium.  She also holds a Bachelor of Business (Advertising/International Business) and a BA (Hons) in International Business and has two young children.