Researchers wanted!

Posted Monday 25 Apr 2022

Researchers wanted!

Film Otago Southland (FOS) is seeking researchers for a fixed term contract to provide the following services:

  • Undertake research into the state of commercial and professional development opportunities for screen projects and screen practitioners based in the Otago and Southland region - identify problems and generate options and innovative ideas in relation to the problem(s) and opportunities.

  • Have a strong background knowledge and interest in the success of the Otago Southland region;
  • Be experienced with research process, techniques, and writing;
  • Have familiarity with the screen industry either through tertiary study, professional involvement, or research;
  • Have availability to commit to deliver the services as outlined above within the required timeframes.


Each contract value is $6000 (+GST) and will cover all costs in the delivery of the contracted services. The contract will end with the delivery of a final report by end of July 2022.

FOS has been supported by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage (MCH) to undertake research and engagement across the region focused on the commercial development of home-grown intellectual property for local and global audiences. The project is part of a wider FOS goal to grow the pipeline of screen content in production in Otago and Southland.

Here's a bit more from FOS, with the contact info below.

The project focuses on what is known in the screen industry as Above-The-Line professions, such as screenwriters, directors and producers. An assumption we want to test through this project is that by addressing the diversity, capability, and success of Above-The-Line roles in the region we can work toward achieving a consistent flow of projects in production regionally.

Film Otago Southland has recently supported the emergence of a regional Filmmakers Collective. This group of creatives meet regularly to share news, support and opportunities with each other. The Collective members’ experiences and insights will provide research opportunity for this activity.

The intended output of the research and engagement is a work programme that fosters innovative collaboration, contributes to sustainable career pathways, retains Above-The-Line talent in the region, enables commercial success and brings more long-form stories from the Southern region to the small and big screen nationally and internationally.

The research and engagement project will:
  • Research the constraints leading to low levels of investment and representation of Southern stories on screen
  • Research international models of regional and indigenous film making programmes, with the aim of enabling diverse participation in filmmaking through partnership with Mana whenua
  • Engage with filmmakers across the region to test the research and identify solutions
  • Develop a programme for investment based on the research and engagement
  • Support the development of the Filmmakers Collective entity in Otago and Southland
The researchers will work with and report to the Film Office Coordinators in Dunedin (Antony Deaker) and Queenstown (Kahli Scott).


This project will run in three parts. Film Otago Southland want to contract researchers for phase 1 only, initially.

1 – research - centred through a bi-cultural lens - complete by end of July 2022
2 – engagement - test initial research findings at hui and workshops around the region and on marae - complete by end of August 2022
3 – implementation planning - based on the research and engagement, develop a detailed plan to implement recommendations - complete by end of October 2022

Upon completing the initial research in phase 1, the researchers will then prepare recommendations to be tested through engagement with the sector and interested community.

Please provide your CV demonstrating a relevant background and a cover letter that tells us why you are suited to a research role.

Email applications to: by Sunday May 8th, 2022.
Please reach out to with any questions or for more information about the role. We have prepared further context and some research parameters to support strong proposals.