Review of Film Otago Southland

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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.

Your views

Thank you to everyone who took part in the recent survey. Your views will help us understand what the arrangement should be to best support the Queenstown and Otago/Southland film industry.

To view a copy of the data, please click here.

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.

Your views

Thank you to everyone who took part in the recent survey. Your views will help us understand what the arrangement should be to best support the Queenstown and Otago/Southland film industry.

To view a copy of the data, please click here.