Milligan made Independent Chair of Premium Production Fund decision-making panel

Posted Monday 29 Mar 2021

Milligan made Independent Chair of Premium Production Fund decision-making panel

WIFT NZ member Christina Milligan has been appointed as the Independent Chair of the Premium Production Fund decision-making panel which has been established as a committee of the New Zealand Film Commission Board.

The fund was announced in December by the Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Hon. Carmel Sepuloni, to support Aotearoa New Zealand production of high-quality screen content that tell New Zealand stories for global audiences. The selection of Christina as Chair was made by the Board Chairs of the three funding agencies Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), Irirangi Te Motu /NZ On Air and Te Māngai Pāho who are jointly administering the $50m fund.

Christina has worked for more than 30 years as a producer in the New Zealand screen industry. Her credits include the iconic feature The End of the Golden Weather and television series Gloss. She is a descendant of Ngati Porou, and her industry work in recent years has focused principally on Māori storytelling, as reflected in her credits as producer of the feature documentary The Price of Peace (2015), and executive producer of the dramatic features Mt Zion (2013) and Cook Ngā Pouwhenua (for release 2022). She is a senior lecturer and researcher in screen production and screenwriting at Auckland University of Technology and has served on several industry boards including the New Zealand Film Commission, Ngā Aho Whakaari and the Big Screen Symposium.

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Sheehan to return to Australia

Sheehan to return to Australia

Posted Monday 29 Mar 2021

We'd like to acknowledge the news that New Zealand Film Commission CEO Annabelle Sheehan is stepping away from the role, after three years leading the agency, and returning to Australia.

Annabelle has been undergoing treatment for breast cancer over the past six months and has decided to return to home and complete her treatment there, and focus on her family. 

Annabelle has always been a strong supporter of women in the film industry, and of WIFT. We wish her the very best and wait with interest to see what her next role will be.

Click here to read the NZFC media release