New appointments to the Film Commission

Aucklanders Sandra Kailahi and Anthony (Ant) Timpson have been appointed to the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC), Associate Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage, Carmel Sepuloni announced today.

“Both bring huge expertise and knowledge to the commission,” Carmel Sepuloni says.

“Sandra Kailahi is an experienced television and radio reporter, director and presenter, online journalist, film producer and public relations strategist.

She is currently the strategic communications manager for Alliance Community Initiatives Trust, an organisation dedicated to supporting families in difficult circumstances.

“Ant Timpson is an experienced producer, director, marketer, fund manager and mentor to others. His Incredibly Strange Film Festival has been running continuously since 1994.

"In 2003 he founded the 48 Hour Film Festival, he’s the winner of numerous film awards and in 2017 he re-established the Moas Film Awards,” Carmel Sepuloni said.

Paula Jalfon, Brett O’Riley, and John McCay are also reappointed and join current members Kerry Prendergast (chair), Pania Tyson Nathan and Tom Greally.

“The significant working experience and diversity of commission members ensures we are well placed to support the film industry and bring Aotearoa’s stories to the fore.

“My sincere thanks go to retiring members Jane Hastings and Ian Taylor. Both, with their exceptional sector knowledge and as practitioners in the modern media environment, have made invaluable contributions to the commission,” Carmel Sepuloni said.

Ant Timpson and Sandra Kailahi’s appointments are until 30 March 2021.