Review of Film Otago Southland

*Please note: the survey will now close one day earlier - on Thursday 20 February at 12.00pm*


The Film Otago Southland Trust (FOS) supports the regional film industry by running a film office offering an impartial, not-for-profit service.

Currently, the majority of its funding comes from the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC). This forms part of QLDC's efforts to help diversify our district’s economy.

A review of the FOS is underway to determine what other funders, the film industry and the community thinks the FOS function and structure should be going forward.

Why the review is happening now

There are several reasons why this review is taking place and the main one is due to recent and imminent changes to both FOS staff and Board membership.

Economic Development managers from around Otago are now also united by a regional Economic Development Strategy (ORED) and meet regularly. There is some duplication of effort as three of these economic development managers currently sit on the FOS board.

In addition to this, some people within the local film industry have been advocating for a bigger role in film attraction and a review of how film is supported.

Provide your views

We would like to know what you think the arrangement should be to best support the Queenstown and Otago/Southland film industry.

Before answering the short survey, please take a look through the summary report which outlines three potential options and their pros and cons:

  1. maintaining the status quo
  2. creating a Queenstown Lakes Film Office with QLDC (FOS remains to coordinate regional efforts)
  3. coordinating regional efforts through the Otago Economic Development group

The survey will be open until 12.00pm on 20 February 2020.

*Please note: the survey will now close one day earlier - on Thursday 20 February at 12.00pm*


The Film Otago Southland Trust (FOS) supports the regional film industry by running a film office offering an impartial, not-for-profit service.

Currently, the majority of its funding comes from the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC). This forms part of QLDC's efforts to help diversify our district’s economy.

A review of the FOS is underway to determine what other funders, the film industry and the community thinks the FOS function and structure should be going forward.

Why the review is happening now

There are several reasons why this review is taking place and the main one is due to recent and imminent changes to both FOS staff and Board membership.

Economic Development managers from around Otago are now also united by a regional Economic Development Strategy (ORED) and meet regularly. There is some duplication of effort as three of these economic development managers currently sit on the FOS board.

In addition to this, some people within the local film industry have been advocating for a bigger role in film attraction and a review of how film is supported.

Provide your views

We would like to know what you think the arrangement should be to best support the Queenstown and Otago/Southland film industry.

Before answering the short survey, please take a look through the summary report which outlines three potential options and their pros and cons:

  1. maintaining the status quo
  2. creating a Queenstown Lakes Film Office with QLDC (FOS remains to coordinate regional efforts)
  3. coordinating regional efforts through the Otago Economic Development group

The survey will be open until 12.00pm on 20 February 2020.