Set to become Chief Executive of the NZ Film Commission in January 2018, Annabelle Sheehan has worked in executive roles at film funding organisations, talent agencies and film schools in her native Australia. She was a sound editor on almost 20 screen projects; as part of the post-production team on The Piano, she shared an Australian Film Institute award. Sheehan spent six years as Film and Television head at screen and radio school AFTRS, and nine leading Sydney talent agency RGM Artist Group. As chief of the South Australian Film Corporation, she worked to increase racial and gender diversity in film.

Annabelle is highly regarded internationally, and through her connections and reputation played a pivotal role in securing the re-make of Storm Boy and the Netflix Original series Pine Gap. South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill on website In Daily, 12 October 2017