July 29, 2017

Film Auckland presents Screen Industry Election Forum 2017

How Can Our Party Support the Screen Industry? - Film Auckland hosts a Screen Industry Election Forum 2017

Film Auckland is Auckland's screen industry voice. It acts as an advisor to ATEED and Auckland Council in all matters relating to the well-being and sustainability of the screen sector along with the associated service economy sectors. We also liaise with the screen agencies and government bodies.

Film Auckland organises meetings and forums to ensure that the screen industry's best interests are promoted. It ran the very sucessful Screen Industry Forum on Incentives during the 2013 crisis and the Studios Forum in 2015.

With the 2017 General Election around the corner, it is important for the screen industry and its associated partners, to understand the vision and commitment of your party towards facilitating a robust and sustainable economy for the screen industry.

To this end, Film Auckland is assembling the screen industry election forum for practitioners and associated service economy sectors.

This will be held on 24 August from 5pm – 8pm at Industry Connect 34 Shaddock Street, Mt. Eden.

Refreshments will be provided and Film Auckland wishes the discussions to be held in a convivial atmosphere.

We have invited MPs and spokepersons from Nationals, Labour, NZ First, Maori Party and the Greens. The session will be facilitated by Russell Brown. Between 4- 5 questions will be sent out and each party will respond to the questions. There will be time for questions and answers.

Venue capacity is 120 people attending. There is no admission fee but we ask for a gold coin donation. To book your ticket, please got to Eventbrite using this link:


For more details, contact Alex Lee, Chair, Film Auckland on chair@filmauckland.com 

October 10, 2016

PRESS RELEASE: Film Auckland announces the new Board for the 2016-2017 year.

9th October 2016
Film Auckland announces the new Board for the 2016-2017 year.

Auckland, NZ – Film Auckland Incorporated, the independent organization that advocates and represents the local screen industry, announces board representatives for the 2016-2017 year.

The elected board members are as follows:

Chair: Alex Lee
Deputy Chair: Felicity Letcher
Secretary: Annie Dodman
Treasurer: David Rowell

Bruce Hopkins
Katie Kempe
Grant Baker
Graham Dunster
Tui Ruwhiu
Marg Slater
Kevin Riley
Pieter Holl
Sioux MacDonald

In addition to confirming the board members, the Film Auckland AGM also ratified a change to the society’s constitution (last updated in 2012 as follows:


Film Auckland Incorporated is committed to building a thriving screen industry for the benefit of all participants and the wider Auckland and New Zealand communities.


  1. - Being a strong advocate for the screen industry on all business matters.
  2. - Making submissions on all legislative and similar changes affecting the screen industry.
  3. - Identifying the barriers to the growth of the screen industry and advocating for the removal of those barriers.
  4. - Educating, updating and communicating information around relevant business matters and industry issues to the screen industry.
  5. - Forming strong relationships with central and local government and their agencies, the regional film offices, education providers, screen organisations and the guilds, and other key stakeholders.
  6. - Supporting the work of Screen Auckland and other regional film offices to attract international productions to New Zealand.

Film Auckland would also like to extend huge gratitude to Katie Flannigan and the whole Screen Auckland team for their ongoing support of the organization, as well as ATEED and the wider council for their continued support and acknowledgment of the local film industry as an important economic sector of the Auckland region.

Lastly, the board wishes to thank all the Film Auckland members for being part of and supporting the work FAI does for the screen industry.

For any further information about Film Auckland Inc or its board, please visit www.filmauckland.com or email

September 01, 2016

Film Auckland AGM 2016

We invite all members of Film Auckland to join us for our Annual General Meeting. 

The AGM will be held:

Thursday 29th September 2016
Gulf Board Room
ATEED, Level 8, 139 Quay St

Drinks and snacks provided. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions: info@filmauckland.com.

Look forward to seeing you there!

February 09, 2016

Hundreds turn out to Safety Compliance Information Evening

Hundreds of people from the screen sector turned out tonight for the NZAPG's Safety Compliance Information Evening, held in Mt Eden. 

Several speakers presented, including Yolande Dewey (NZAPG Safety Group), Andrew Berry and Rachael Judge (Anthony Harper Lawyers), David Strong (ScreenSafe), and Greg Riley and Paul Rogers (Risks Manager). 

Topics covered included:

  • An overview of the incoming legislation set to take effect on the 4th of April 2016.
  • The purpose and structure of ScreenSafe.
  • An overview of (currently) NZ's only online-based compliance tool, Risks Manager. 

A video of the presentations is available to view here. More information and resources can be found here.

February 02, 2016

Safety Compliance Information Evening - Tuesday 9th Feb 2016

Do you work in the NZ screen sector on advertising productions?

Are you a Client, Agency, Production Company, Producer, Technician or Supplier?

The new NZ Health and Safety Reform Act come into effect in April 2016. It applies to all New Zealand businesses and contractors. THIS MEANS YOU.

NZAPG are hosting an information night to learn about what the new legislation means for the advertising screen industry sector, your responsibilities, and tools for best practise to make sure you're covered.

The evening will include expert speakers outlining information regarding

  • Legal responsibilities for companies and individuals
  • An update from ScreenSafe on the Safety Code of Practice
  • A presentation from Risk Manager – an online Risk Management & Compliance tool
  • Links to other resources regarding safety 

For detailed information on the NZ Worksafe Reform Act click here.

WHEN: Tuesday, 9 February 2016 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
WHERE:Mt Eden War Memorial Hall - 487 Dominion Road Auckland NZ

November 13, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Film Auckland expresses optimism over Auckland Council Hobsonville Decision

Film Auckland is encouraged with the outcome of the Auckland Council meeting yesterday which saw ATEED, Panuku Development Auckland and Auckland Investment Office asked to continue exploring opportunities for additional film studio infrastructure in Auckland.

At the Auckland Development Committee meeting yesterday, Hobsonville was dismissed as an option for a large scale, professional studio precinct. While that decision is disappointing, the committee’s recommendation that Council agencies keep exploring the available opportunities and continued commitment to the studio precinct is to be applauded.

“For Auckland to build a strong, thriving screen industry that will benefit the wider Auckland community, Auckland needs more studios. We support Auckland Council’s commitment to continuing to seek a solution to establish a comprehensive studio precinct housing domestic, international and commercial productions as well as educational facilities.” says Chair of Film Auckland, Alex Lee.

Film Auckland believes that Auckland Council is an essential partner in any studio project. International studio precincts have become viable only with partnership and commitment from central and local governments. It urges Auckland Council to continue to support the studio precinct, both as the main driver and facilitator of the transaction and also financially.

‘Auckland desperately needs an internationally-competitive studio precinct. We are currently missing out on over $100million in revenue per year simply because productions are being forced to go elsewhere.That’s a lot of new jobs and economic activity that Auckland is missing out on’’ says Lee.

In August, Council voted 18 to 2 to give Auckland Investment Office three months to investigate and develop a business case for a studio precinct at Hobsonville. Film Auckland understands that a number of potential studio investors and operators were identified and a viable proposal was very close to being secured. Film Auckland is disappointed that this possibility was not more fully presented to the councilors for consideration.

Film Auckland is encouraged that the viability of the studio precinct and the growing strength of the sector is recognized by both Council and Auckland Investment office. Film Auckland will continue to work closely with ATEED, Auckland Council and the private sector to find a viable option to meet the urgent needs.

For further information, please contact Alex Lee, Chair of Film Auckland on 021 682868 alex@alexlee.co.nz or Felicity Letcher, Deputy Chair of Film Auckland on 027 222 6669 felicity@mainreactor.co.nz