BRIAR MARCH Filmmaker, Field Director & Cinematographer Anote’s Ark [AUCKLAND]
VEA MAFILE’O Producer/ Director/ Set Designer [AUCKLAND]
MEREDITH MEYER-NICHOLS Senior Producer Wingnut AR [WELLINGTON]
ROBYN PATTERSON Producer/ Director [AUCKLAND]
SAM RAMLU Managing Director Method [AUCKLAND]
KIM WEBBY Producer/Director [AUCKLAND]
TAMMY WILLIAMS Director of Photography [AUCKLAND]
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President Documentary Film and Television, Participant Media
As president of documentary film and television, Diane Weyermann is responsible for the documentary feature film and television slate of Participant Media, a company dedicated to entertainment that also inspires and compels social change. In addition to the upcoming Far From The Tree, Kailash, RBG and America To Me, Participant’s recent documentary projects include Human Flow, An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power, The Music of Strangers: Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, and Zero Days. Previous releases include the Oscar®-winning films, Citizenfour and An Inconvenient Truth, the Emmy®-winning Food, Inc., and Emmy®-nominated The Great Invisible. Prior to joining Participant in 2005, Weyermann was the director of the Sundance Institute’s Documentary Film Program. During her tenure at Sundance, she was responsible for the Sundance Documentary Fund. Before her time at Sundance, Weyermann was the director of the Open Society Institute New York’s Arts and Culture Program where she launched the Soros Documentary Fund (which later became the Sundance Documentary Fund)
Director/ Producer/ Distributor, former General Manager Entertainment, Vimeo
Peter Gerard is a leading expert in marketing and distribution for films and series, with a focus on emerging digital platforms. From 2014-2017, he worked at Vimeo, where he was most recently General Manager of Entertainment. Prior to joining Vimeo, Gerard was founder and CEO of Distrify. He has also produced and directed a number of award-winning films, including the winner of a BAFTA Scotland New Talent Award.
Producer/director Noel Dockstader began his documentary career in the UK, where he worked for leading independent production companies October Films and Diverse Productions. His UK credits include Show Runner/Director of several Discovery Channel series: Warrior Women, a popular history series hosted by Lucy Lawless of Xena, Warrior Princess fame, Hero Factor, exploring the science of sudden acts of heroism, and Trailblazers, a 13-part series following the adventures of scientists and journalists in some of the most dangerous regions of the globe. His previous work includes content for National Geographic.
Director, The Opposition; Steering Committee, The Good Pitch Pasifika
Hollie’s films have screened at festivals both within Australia and internationally including Children of The Rainbow Serpent (NITV), Common Ground (SBS), and Corinna and Very Impressive. Hollie’s first documentary feature was in The Good Pitch Australia. The Opposition was set upon by legal challenges as she fought to tell the story set in Papua New Guinea and the UK. Its world premiere occurred at IDFA 2016 before going on to win the Grand Prize at FIFO 2017 and also screened at the UN Human Rights Council in March 2017.
Content Sales & Acquisitions Director, Flame Distribution
Since beginning at Film Australia in 1989, Fiona has built strong relationships with producers and international content buyers. At SBS from 1996, Fiona worked to market drama and documentary content across all platforms worldwide. Establishing her consultancy business Fi’sAbility in 2009, Fiona worked with independent producers to maximise commercial opportunities for their content and explore new business models. In 2011 Fiona joined Flame Media’s start-up distribution business – Flame Distribution – as Content Sales & Acquisitions Director. Flame’s catalogue of 3,000 hours of unscripted content is produced by over 160 independent filmmakers from around the world.
Prior to Far West Film, Quinn co-produced Supercoasters, a two-hour special for National Geographic on the science of roller coasters. She wrote and co-directed several history and natural history documentaries for Discovery Channel and Travel Channel, such as Revolution on Wheels, a global history of motorcycles. Quinn also directed and wrote Sharks under Glass for Discovery’s hit series, Shark Week. She also produced the San Francisco episode of Lonely Planet’s acclaimed international travel series, Six Degrees, which broadcast internationally on Discovery.
For 10 years from 2001 to 2011, Julia worked with Australia’s national screen agencies. She specialised in documentary and factual production for broadcast and theatrical release and assisted in the formulation of policy in that area. She has been on the AIDC board, a consultant to Screen Territory, international advisor to Hot Docs Canada, FIFO Tahiti, Sydney Film Festival and Doc Edge New Zealand. She is on the panel for the David and Joan Williams Scholarship, an annual award that supports the development of emerging documentarians. In 2012, she was presented with AIDC’s Stanley Hawes Award for her contribution to the documentary sector.
Nadine is an award-winning Director, Writer and Producer best known for her social issue films that offer unique access to character-driven stories. With more than 15 years of international experience, she has garnered multiple nominations and awards. Her films have screened at festivals around the world, including in Toronto (Hot Docs), Montreal , Milan, Florida , Atlanta and Tel Aviv. Nadine is Chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada and a member of the Hot Docs and DOC Toronto board. She is also a Fledgling Fellow; and a graduate of that foundation’s inaugural engagement lab 2014-15
Named one of Out Magazine’s “Out 100” and Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film,” PJ Raval is an award-winning filmmaker whose credits include Trinidad and Before You Know It. Also a cinematographer, Raval’s work has earned him awards such as the Haskell Wexler Award for Best Cinematography. Raval’s work includes the 2009 Academy Award-nominated & Sundance Grand Jury Award winner Trouble The Water, as well as the Independent Spirit Award-nominated Room. He recently shot Love & Air Sex which is currently in cinemas, as well as Primate Cinema: Apes As Family, the first film created for a chimpanzee audience (Sundance 2013, Berlinale).
Matthieu Rytz is a producer, curator, photographer and director. A visualanthropologist by training, his passion for photography and ethnology has led himacross the globe, photographing cultural and human diversity over the past tenyears. His own photographs, as well as those he has commissioned, have beenexhibited internationally. He is currently working on a multidisciplinary project using film, still images and virtual reality. Anote’s Ark, his first feature film, premiered at Sundance 2018.
Santa Smokeswas Schauder’s feature debut. It won several awards, among them Best Director at the Tokyo International Film Festival and the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award. In 2012, Till completed his first documentary The Iran Job, which was released worldwide, mentioned as an Oscar contender and shortlisted for a German Academy Award in 2014. His latest documentary When God Sleeps premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival 2017. When God Sleeps won the “Cinema for Peace Award” for Most Valuable Documentary of the Year during this year’s Berlinale. Till also recently completed Warriors of Faith for which he just won a German Emmy.
Pieter started as a photographer before becoming the creative director of IDTV. In 1995 Pieter started his own production company. Since then he has produced documentaries, feature films and single plays with many well-known Dutch directors. By combining daring with decisiveness, Pieter van Huystee Film has become one of the leading Dutch independent production companies, highly esteemed for the quality and wide range of its projects. Many van Huystee documentaries and features are screened at festivals all over the world and have won many awards.
Emmy Award-winning Hawaii-based filmmakers and long-time activists Dean Hamer and Joe Wilson make documentaries that emanate from the voices of those on the outside, that inspire creativity, that incite us to abandon our comfortable role as spectators and compel us to both question and act. Their films – including Out in the Silence, KumuHina, and A Place in the Middle – have screened and won awards at film festivals around the world and have been viewed by millions of television viewers. Their impact campaigns have reached thousands of grassroots community groups and classrooms around the world. Dean and Joe are Fellows of the Sundance Institute.
Executive Director, Good Pitch² Australia; Director, Shark Island Institute
Malinda’s professional experience spans senior roles within the corporate, political, philanthropic and NGO sectors. She has served on various advisory boards including the Social Enterprise World Forum (2010), was a Mentor for the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program Pitch Workshops (2015 & 2016) and now serves on the boards of The Caledonia Foundation and Australian Progress. Malinda has worked as a consultant advising on business strategy and capital raising for several for-profit film companies including Madman Films, Hopscotch, Transmission Films and Electric Pictures, and the not-for-profit sector, including Social Ventures Australia and the Sustainable Social Enterprise Project.
Tom Zubrycki is an award-winning Australian filmmaker whose documentaries have earned an international reputation for their truthfulness, realism and humanity. Zubrycki has for the last 30 years mapped Australia’s changing social and political landscape. He is well known for his distinctive observational story-telling style and his ability to get close to his subjects. Hope Road (2017) was nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award at Sydney IFF. His awards as producer include an International Emmy for Exile In Sarajevo (1996). In 2010 Tom received the Stanley Hawes Award “in recognition of outstanding contribution to documentary filmmaking in Australia”
Kylie Boltin is the Commissioning Editor, Online Documentaries at SBS where she directs the slate of interactive documentaries for the Australian broadcaster. Projects Kylie has directed/ produced or commissioned over the past five years are widely recognised as leading examples of innovation and storytelling for the web with selection and recognition from IDFA, SXSW, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Future of Storytelling, The Walkleys, The Webbys, AIMIA and others. Kylie’s background is as an award winning independent documentary filmmaker and writer across multiple platforms. She holds a PhD in Creative Media and a Masters in Creative Writing and has taught in Australia and the USA.
Executive Producer/ Co-production, NHK Enterprises
Imamura joined NHK in 1983 as a TV director with a focus on international affairs. Between 2005 and 2009, he worked for NEP (NHK Enterprises) distributing NHK programmes abroad. Since 2009, he worked at NHK headquarters and was the producer/commissioning editor of World Documentary. A regular guest at many international documentary festivals and markets, he has co-produced about ten documentaries. He is now the executive producer in charge of coproduction projects. He also produces the slot of Inside Lens introducing Asian documentaries to the world. In 2011, he started Tokyo Docs the sole international documentary event in Japan with a pitching session.
Yariv Mozer graduated with distinction from Tel-Aviv University’s Film and Television Department in 2004. He directed documentary and feature films, among them are Ben-Gurion, Epilogue (Israel-France-Germany 2016), Snails in the Rain (Israel-Spain 2013), The Invisible Men (Israel-The Netherlands 2012), and My First War (Israel 2008). Mozer produced more than 15 films including The Heart of Jenin (Germany 2008) and Inheritance (Israel-France-Turkey 2012). Mozer, former head of Entrepreneurial Producing Program at The Jerusalem Sam Spiegel Film School (2007-2010). He is a graduate of EAVE Producer’s workshop, a member of the European Film Academy and the Israeli Academy of Motion Picture.
Sir Bob Harvey was the Chairman of Waterfront Auckland, serving 6 terms as Mayor of Waitakere, and awarded, with six international Mayors, the United Nations Award for Peace in 1997. He also received the United Nations Life Time Achievement Award for the Environment in 2007 and a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New Year Honours for 2013. Sir Bob is a prolific leader and worked tirelessly for and within the screen industry. He was an early documentary filmmaker and also led an advertising agency for many years prior to his mayoralty, winning numerous awards. He recently published his biography A Life Less Ordinary.
Graduating from Université Paul SABATIER (Toulouse, France) and Université de la Polynésie française (Tahiti, French Polynesia), Mareva holds a PhD in chemistry and pharmacology. She pursued a scientific career until 2015 and was honored by various awards. In 2009, she was the first Polynesian to receive Les talents de l’Outre-mer prize, awarded by the French Economic and Social Council in Paris. Since 2010, she is also committed to Polynesian literature and culture, gets involved in several literary projects and takes the lead of Matareva Editions in 2012. In 2016, she was appointed as the International Festival of Oceanian documentary Films (FIFO Tahiti) association’s general delegate. Like her predecessors, she now aims at directing the FIFO by giving the central part to Oceanian interests, concerns and issues.
Liz Stevens has run Screen Australia’s documentary unit since 2008. As senior manager Liz is responsible for the documentary slate, programs, initiatives and strategy and is a member of the agency’s senior leadership team. Prior to the creation of Screen Australia, Liz was a Business Affairs Manager at Film Australia. With a background as an independent producer, Liz has worked with script development, film finance, production, marketing and distribution on both factual and drama projects.
Alicia Smith is a Producer for the National Film Board of Canada, where she works with filmmakers and artists from across the country in the creation of film, animation and interactive projects driven by story, expression, and point of view. She’s produced NFB projects in many forms, receiving accolades in both traditional and interactive documentary contexts: this riverwon Best Short Documentary at the Canadian Screen Awards (2017) and Nowhere Land won Best Short Documentary at imagineNATIVE (2015); Seances interactive launched at Tribeca Storyscapes (2016), Seven Digital Deadly Sins and God’s Lake Narrows interactives received Webby Awards (2015 and 2012).
Robert has a background in the arts, design and political science. His passion for storytelling and creating experiences stretches across film, multimedia, vjing, creative direction and light/art festivals. He is a hybrid creative type who is only truly happy when he is developing new ideas and then making them come to life with purpose driven people He has created projects for a wide range of clients (STA Travel, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, NZTA, UNICEF) and arts festivals (NZ Festival Of the Arts, Sydney Vivid, Glow Eindhoven, Lumina Portugal, China Shanghai International Arts Festival, LUX Wellington).
Kim Webby is a New Zealand documentary maker, with thirty years experience in the NZ film and television industries. She is currently directing an episode of arts series Handmade for BBC 4 and recently was NZ Producer for BBC 4 series Oceans Apart. She completed her first cinematic feature length documentary The Price of Peace in 2015 which has received critical acclaim both in New Zealand and overseas and has received five international and domestic awards. In 2017 she made a foray into virtual reality 360 film-making as NZ producer forFinding Haka, a docu-drama on haka and rugby made by London company Surround Vision. Kim has directed numerous television documentaries and long-form series for television, including October 15, Nga Tamatoa and Victoria Crossed. She first began directing while working as a Television New Zealand reporter including 60 Minutes, Fair Go and One News. She has also worked extensively as a television producer, including Anzac: Gallipoli 2015, Asia Down Under, Marae DIY and Eye to Eye with Willie Jackson.
With twenty years experience in web and digital, James specialises in creating outreach and distribution tools for independent filmmakers and distributors. Seven years ago James founded Assemble, a revolutionary toolkit to help filmmakers build an audience for a film. Assemble is used by over 1500 films and people such as Ted Hope and Jon Reiss, as well as companies such as Vimeo, The Weinstein Company, IFC and BBC Films. He is also the Creative Director at BRITDOC, working across all aspects of the film foundation’s presentation and design on and off-line, including Good Pitch, Doc Academy, The Impact Field Guide and Something Real.
Jess is a key member the Storybox creative team. She works on concept and content development as well as directing selected non-fiction and arts projects. Jess is a documentary maker with 20 years’ industry experience. Her independent features ‘Gardening with Soul’ and ‘Cowboys & Communists’ have successfully screened in cinemas and at international festivals, winning awards at home and overseas. She has made prime-time documentaries and series for TVNZ and TV3 and created online content for a range of organisations including Oxfam, Motu and Auckland City Council. Her Storybox arts projects explore the intersection of communities, emerging technologies and documentary.
One of the founders of Method, Sam has over 15 years’ experience working with New Zealand and international brands to implement successful and award-winning digital strategies and campaigns. Sam is passionate about creating experiences and stories that connect with audiences and sees technology as a driver and enabler in making these experiences engaging, fun and immersive.
Mark Jennings’ career in journalism extends back to the late 1970s and, until the founding of Newsroom, was primarily anchored in broadcast news. After 10 years in front of the camera in Australia from 1979-89, Mark returned to New Zealand and began a 27-year career with MediaWorks. He has mentored successive generations of acclaimed and respected journalists, and was responsible for launching Newshub across TV Three and Radio Live. Mark writes about the media industry, business, and the tertiary sector.
Ben is passionate about storytelling through technology, with a strong focus on future technologies. He started one of NZ’s first commercial drone companies, has been at the forefront of the online video wave since before it was cool, and now runs one of NZ’s top VR/AR production companies. He regularly speaks at events and contributes to press such as Stoppress and Idealog. He has spoken at Adobe Max, TEDx Te Aro, Fusion Singapore and many other marketing and communications events. He also invests in start-ups and is passionate about entrepreneurialism and all things new business.
Abhi is the CEO and founder of Titan Ideas Ltd. An award-winning lecturer and innovator, he is a multi-dimensional creative focused on re-imagining storytelling and education using immersive technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality. With a passion for storytelling, Abhi adores the myths and legends that accommodate differing cultures from all around the world and is currently telling these stories through Zippy’s Tales. Zippy’s Tales is a transmedia storytelling experience that spans multiple AR and VR apps. Zippy’s mission is to empower children with life lessons from cultural stories using storytelling, gamification, and new emerging technologies.
Kat is a co-owner at Wrestler. She has a background in PR, marketing and video content. Kat worked at 8i during their first year as Chief Communications Officer. She then moved to work on her own company Wrestler where she brings her expertise in the VR/AR/MR space to help create compelling storytelling. Wrestler is a creative video agency, creating entertaining for brands through 2D, 360, VR and AR content. Kat also brings her knowledge in the emerging technologies sector as she started one of New Zealand’s first commercial drone companies.
Filmmaker, Field Director, Cinematographer, Anote’s Ark
Fascinated by polarising subject matter, and angered by environmental and human rights issues, director Briar March’s films are grounded in a passionate desire to communicate. There Once was an Island: Te Henua a Nnoho, is an award-winning feature documentary on climate change. Other films include Smoke Songs, Michael & His Dragon, Promenade, Sic Wid It, A Place to Call Home, and Allie Eagle and Me. Most recently Briar worked as a Field Director and cinematographer for the film Anote’s Ark. Briar has an MFA in Documentary Filmmaking from Stanford University in California, and a BFA in Fine Arts from the University of Auckland.
Vea Mafile’o is a film maker and video installation artist who has exhibited and filmed extensively throughout the Pacific. Her production company, Malosi Pictures, produces content for platforms, such as TVNZ’s Fresh, Tagata Pasifika, the web portal coconettv and the Pacific Music Awards. In 2011 she was nominated for the prestigious International Signature Art Prize (SAPB). She has produced and co-directed the award-winning Aho`eitu for the Sydney Film Festival 2015 and her work Monomono2.0 was selected for Imaginary Date Line at the Venice Biennale, also in 2015. She is currently in post-production with her first NZFC feature documentary, For My Father`s Kingdom.
Tammy Williams is a Director of Photography and stills photographer who has five NZFC short films and three successful solo photography shows under her belt, and one feature currently under production. Her style is one of dramatic tension and whimsy. Her stills and camerawork with Zoe Mcintosh on The Deadly Ponies Gang produced funny yet sensitive imagery which helped gain the film a cult international following. She believes that production stills that tell the story of how and why a film is made are essential for creating anticipation in its potential audiences (from distributors to the public). Her extensive and varied experiences in production and post-production — from recording sound on an undercover doco in Zimbabwe to shooting stills at the Gold Coast World Artistic Rollerskating Competition or hanging by the seat of her pants over a seething mass of crocodiles — have granted Tammy a deep understanding of what it takes to make compelling images that showcase a film.
Richard is a freelance Cinematographer based in Wellington. He has been in the film industry for 40 years as a Cinematographer, Camera Operator, Director and Producer. He is President of the New Zealand Cinematographers Society (NZCS), the Screen Industry Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand (SIG) and Chair of ScreenSafe, the Screen Industry Health & Safety Project. Richard has worked as the Main Unit DOP on Sons of the Neon Night, Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women, Into the Rainbow, Beyond The Edge, Black Sheep, Second Hand Wedding, Under the Mountain and What We Do In The Shadows and as 2nd Unit DOP on The Hobbit trilogy, King Kong, The Lord of The Rings trilogy, Avatar, and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny.
Over the past decade Robyn Paterson has worked variously in the New Zealand film and television industry as a director, producer, writer, and occasionally actor. She is currently in production on the documentary feature filmIn Zone, filming over the last three years in Chicago and Auckland. Along the way she has been directing and producing popular architectural television series, Grand Designs – New Zealand, and shooting her debut narrative short,Run Rabbit. Robyn’s first feature documentary, Finding Mercy – about her search for a missing friend in her homeland of Zimbabwe – premiered at IDFA in 2012 and was awarded Best Cinematography and Best Emerging Filmmaker at the DocEdge Film Festival in 2013. The film lead to Robyn’s appearance as a speaker at TEDx Auckland. As an author, Robyn has published two non-fiction titles with Longacre Press/ Random House New Zealand. Whatever her role, Robyn is passionate about projects which engage and challenge their audiences – with an ongoing focus on what unites us as people.
Arran joined Getty Images in September 2001, launching Getty Images’ News and Entertainment service in the United Kingdom. During his time, Arran assumed responsibility for all Getty Images products for the UK Newspaper and Magazines sectors. In 2005, Arran returned home to manage Getty Images NZ. Shortly after, Getty Images acquired local agency Fotopress. Recently Arran formed an exclusive partnership with TVNZ. Getty Images’ representation will allow producers globally better access to NZ’s leading video content. Arran learned his trade as a picture editor for a UK publisher, before launching a photo agency representing the world’s best ski & snowboard photographers.
As a child, Wade Cowin was unexpectedly bitten by a radioactive grown-up, giving him the power to transform into an adult. Now, decades later, his transformation is almost complete. Wade works as Creative Director at Resn, specialising in digital interactivity. His work includes many of Resn’s most celebrated projects including FAFSWAGVOGUE.COM – The Interactive Documentary, Pocket Mustang, and Did You Mean MailChimp?, which won a Cannes Lions Cyber Grand Prix. Despite the accolades, Wade retains the innocent mind of a child, giving him unparalleled powers of imagination, a passion for digital storytelling, and the ability to laugh at bodily functions.
A tea drinker, turtle owner and Activation Manager for Mahuki, Te Papa’s business accelerator programme. In a previous life, Priscilla co-founded a startup called The Misprint Co. and participated in a business accelerator programme in 2015. Now at Mahuki, she applies her knowledge of business to help innovators build the next generation of Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. Priscilla believes that the balance of business and social impact is a winning combo for the future.
Jessica Manins is CEO of the leading interactive VR/AR studio, Mixt and cofounder of PROJECTR® New Zealand’s virtual and mixed reality centre. She led the establishment of The New Zealand VR/AR Association and was a 2017 finalist in the Wellingtonian of The Year science and technology category. Previous Regional Director of BizDojo and Chief Customer Officer at StarNow, Jessica is right at the vanguard of new delivery technology. She is the lead on a cutting edge research and development project on VR Therapy working with The Breast Cancer Foundation and is passionate about the use of transformative technology in healthcare. As a leading voice in the tech sector for women in NZ, Jessica is involved in a number of initiates to support female entrepreneurs and showing the value of the creative tech sector to the NZ economy including partnering with TechWeek to deliver Creative Realities.
Corey Tong is a California and Hawaii-based filmmaker, producer, producers rep. He is also an acquisitions/sales, PR/marketing, festival programming and distrib consultant. Corey is a producer of award-winning films including docs FOREVER, CHINATOWN (USA, 2016; PBS), BEYOND THE TEAM (USA, 2013); exec producer of Oscar®-nominated, Emmy-winning LAST DAY OF FREEDOM (USA, 2015, doc); producer THE LAND HAS EYES (Fiji-USA, 2005; Sundance) among other films and television programs. He is also a consulting producer on documentaries DEFENDER (2017); international rep for KAWA (New Zealand, 2012) and is developing several projects including RIGHT IN HONG KONG (working title) and a drama series set in Shanghai and Hong Kong. He is the former director of the San Francisco Int’l Asian American FF (CAAMFest), former IFFCON director special projects, consultant of Cinematografo/ABS-CBN Global US/Philippines, and frequently collaborates with filmmakers, distribs, festivals, markets/exhibitors in the USA, UK, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Brazil, New Zealand.
Jesse is extremely passionate about entrepreneurship and innovation. He is currently the CEO of Vaka Interactiv, a company focussed on developing innovative storytelling technology that aims to deliver high engagement and deep impact to broad range of audiences.
Claire is the co-founder and Managing Director of Grumpy Sailor, an agile, creative laboratory experimenting with digital technology and storytelling. With team of 20 passionately curious individuals, Grumpy Sailor do many things including design, development, production, creative direction, idea generation and insanely cool tech-hacks. Claire started her career as a Creative Producer, first in traditional film and video before fostering a love for technology and the new interfaces and experiences it helps us discover. From cinema screens to mobile phones to talking teddies; Claire has produced work across a variety of mediums and has developed interactive products and experiences with both commercial and artistic partners including Google, ACMI, PunchDrunk (UK), The World Wildlife Fund and The Sydney Opera House. As Managing Director at Grumps, Claire oversees operational activities as well as the company’s strategic direction. As well, Claire acts as creative lead on select projects and continues to develop and produce long-form content such as Grumpy’s first feature film, the 2017 documentary ‘Kings of Baxter’ which won Best Film and the Audience Award at the 2017 Antenna Documentary Film Festival.
James Everett is a Producer at Weta Gameshop/Magic Leap where he works with a team out at the edge of technology making a Mixed Reality action game in the Dr. Grordbort’s universe. He started his career over 16 years ago as a game designer in Vancouver working on rapidly developed computer games. Since then he has worked in Montreal, Wellington, Toronto, and back to Wellington on titles ranging from award-winning brick breaker Shatter to AAA blockbuster Splinter Cell Blacklist. James was Chairperson of the NZGDA for 2016/2017 and hosts the monthly Wellingtaru social gatherings for game developers.
Meredith is a producer of virtual, augmented and mixed reality with extensive experience in emerging technology and a background in visual effects. After 15 years as a Producer and Executive Producer of visual effects for film she joined the world of AR and VR to continue to explore the convergence of technology and storytelling. Meredith’s film credits include Avatar, The Adventures of Tintin, Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Beauty and the Beast.