Written by Kianna Best on Dec 23, 2022. Posted in General Interest

Jaclyn Philpott joins AFCI as Executive Director

After a meticulous worldwide search, the Association of Film Commissioners International announced the appointment of Jaclyn Philpott as executive director on 22 December. The new executive director will relocate from Auckland, New Zealand to Los Angeles for the position. With her official start date on 3 January 2023, Philpott will focus on growing the already industry acclaimed organisation, helping film commissioners work with government policymakers, and work on expanding education and diversity awareness.


“We have selected an accomplished professional with the skills and global experience needed to lead AFCI to success,” said Bas van der Ree, AFCI Board Chair and Netherlands Film Commissioner. “Jaclyn will collaborate with our global members, production industry leaders and government policymakers to make AFCI an even more valued resource.”


Previously working with New Zealand’s largest economic and cultural development agency Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, Philpott helped to co-create and produce the Auckland’s “Future, Now” economic development conference focused on the impact of COVID-19 and expanding collaboration between private and public sectors.


“After a successful search that included candidates from around the globe, I look forward to Jaclyn bringing a new strategic direction that will serve AFCI well over the next decade,” commented Michael Walbrecht, AFCI Advisory Board Member and Warner Bros. Discovery VP of Public Affairs. “Productions rely on well-trained film commissions, and AFCI is at the forefront of ensuring commissions are prepared to handle projects – both large and small – in their jurisdictions.”



In addition, Philpott contributed to the development of the award-winning Invest Auckland website as well as the marketing/PR campaigns for Screen Auckland’s involvement at the Toronto International Film Festival and Techweek New Zealand. Other career highlights include her leadership on the electric vehicle programme for Meridian Energy, New Zealand’s largest electricity generator, her time serving as general manger of Christchirch based Element 17, producing the Dig My Idea - Māori Innovation Challenge program for aspiring entrepreneurs, and her extensive media and marketing experience working with Estee Lauder and Ashville Media Group.


Choosing from more than 120 candidates, the AFCI selection committee included Board Chair van der Ree and Board Members Donne Dawson (1st Vice Chair and Hawaii State Film Commissioner), Sorrel Geddes (Secretary of the Board and SVP of US Production & Events for the British Film Commission) and Erin Stam (Board Member and EVP of International Production for AusFilm).


Images courtesy of The Association of Film Commissioners International 


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