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Jill began her career working in theatre management at the Edinborough Fringe Festival, after studying in the UK, Switzerland, and Germany. She then worked in home entertainment in the UK and New Zealand for five years, marketing numerous blockbuster, and arthouses new releases, across rental and retail, collaborating with both studios and independants, and assisting the internal buying teams. From here she moved to distributor Vendetta Films to head up their sales and marketing team, and then helped launch the international acquisitions side of the business. Attending all key film markets, Jill has acquired mulitiple award-winning films and revenue winners across varied genres and now oversees the whole buisiness, which encompasses all-rights distribution across New Zealand and Australia. She has recently produced her first feature, Born to Dance, which was released in late 2015.

Board


Kelly Martin
President

Nicola Olsen
Board member

Sharon Menzies
Chair, Producers Professional Programme

Vanessa Wells
Board member

Brenda Leeuwenberg
Board member

Vicki Jackways
Board member

Staff


Patricia Watson
Executive Director