Regional Film Offices (RFOs) are what are referred to internationally as “film offices” or “film commissions”. Broadly speaking, they carry out activities alongside and in partnership with other stakeholders to stimulate economic growth for their region through screen production attraction and marketing (Attraction), sector development initiatives for businesses and the internal sector (Sector Development) and policy development, screen facilitation and permitting (Open for Business). RFOs successfully facilitate the relationship between the screen sector, government, community and others impacted or benefited by its activity.
Regional Film Offices of New Zealand (RFONZ) helps to make filming happen, wherever you want to shoot in New Zealand.
RFONZ is a network of film offices across New Zealand, all of which help with locations, film permits and other business support. As the industry association, RFONZ ensures the regional film offices are coordinated in the activities they collaborate together on and works to grow New Zealand’s screen industry.
Each regional film office helps to stimulate economic growth in their region by:
- attracting screen productions
- working on initiatives to develop the local sector, and
- developing policy and permits to make the business of filming easy.
Regional Film Offices
Screen Auckland – Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development
Screen Auckland is the screen office for the Auckland region and is a business unit of Auckland, Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED).
Screen Auckland’s five major roles are:
- Attraction, business development and marketing related to Auckland as an international film destination.
- Facilitating information for the screen industry.
- Advocacy and policy development
- Capability, capacity and infrastructure needs assessment and targeted intervention
Venture Taranaki is the Regional Film Office for the wider Taranaki region, on the North Island’s west coast, and is connected to all facets of business and creativity in the area.
- Initial location scouting and access
- Logistical guidance and support
- Connections to businesses and services throughout the region
- Assistance with local permitting processes
- Assistance with co-financing
- Access to the unique ‘Team Taranaki’ approach to open doors throughout the region.
Film Venture Taranaki
CEO – Venture Taranaki
9 Robe Street
PO Box 670
P: 06 759 5150; DDI 06 759 5153
M: 021 400 700E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bay of Plenty Film
Bay of Plenty Film’s vision is to serve the local region by acting as an economic development facilitator. The Bay of Plenty Region is defined as an area covered by the Tauranga, Rotorua, Western Bay of Plenty, Whakatāne, Kawerau, and Ōpōtiki districts. Bay of Plenty Film is funded by the councils of the district, TECT and Baytrust.
Bay of Plenty Films role is to:
- Marketing our points of difference nationally and internationally to attract productions of scale to the Bay
- Facilitating and connecting productions with the people places and infrastructure of the Bay
- Growing the local screen media industry through workshops and encouraging local productions
- Developing a robust facilitation package and encouraging film friendly policies across the region
Screen Wellington, a program of WREDA (Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency – funded by both Wellington City Council and Greater Wellington Regional Council), is charged with – supporting the Wellington screen industry, promoting and supporting sustainability and growth, facilitation and permits, advocacy, and market connect. Screen Wellington’s key deliverable areas are:
- Open for Business (facilitation and permitting)
- Screen industry project and/ or business attraction and market connection
- Sector and talent Development including advocacy.
P: 04 382 0066 (DDI)
M: 022 622 9183
Marlborough Film Office
Marlborough District Council
Economic Development Advisor,
15 Seymour Street
P O Box 443
P: 027 527 7133; DDI: 03 520 7400
Alternate contact: Neil Henry
P: 021 678797; DDI: 03 520 7400
Dunedin Film is the Regional Film Office for Dunedin City Council and part of the Enterprise Dunedin group. We are also a member and funder of Film Otago Southland. We collaborate on projects and share services with Film Otago Southland while also providing expertise and knowledge specific to Dunedin as follows:
- Advice and support to projects e.g. locations and logistical support
- Red Carpet service to issue permits
- Business advice and support to local business
Project development and relationship leveraging our Sister City relationship with Shanghai through Shanghai Art Film Federation and Shanghai Media Group
Antony Deaker, Film Dunedin Coordinator
50 The Octagon, Dunedin;
P O Box 5045, Moray Place, Dunedin 9058, New Zealand
Telephone: 03 474 3585
Mobile: 0275 896 643
Film Otago Southland
Film Otago Southland represents six regions in the southern half of New Zealand’s South Island funded by Queenstown Lakes District Council, Central Otago District Council, Waitaki District Council, Venture Southland, Southern Institute of Technology and Enterprise Dunedin.
Film Otago Southland promotes film and screen industry benefits within the region and New Zealand and its five main roles are:
- Raise awareness of the world-class locations, crews, equipment.
- Build strong relationships with all location owners / guardians to guarantee continued long-term access.
- Maintain deep relationships with all relevant agencies, community and industry bodies to ensure a film friendly process.
- Become a trusted source of data.
- Clearly communicate the economic and brand value that film production brings to the region.
Kevin ‘KJ’ Jennings
Certified Film Commissioner
Executive Manager – Film Otago Southland
10 Gorge Road
P: 03 450 0531
M: 027 442 5268