Otago University film graduate Daniel Borgman has been based in Denmark since 2005. Borgman has made short films with Lars von Trier’s company Zentropa, and twice been invited to compete at Cannes. Following the success of Lars and Peter, follow-up Berik — about a deformed Kazakhstani — took the Cannes Critics’ Week prize in 2010. His first feature The Weight of Elephants debuted at Berlin in 2013.
As a director Gregory King has mined dark, sometimes darkly comic tales both in shorts, and in award-winning digital features Christmas and A Song of Good. He has also written shorts for other directors (including festival success Brave Donkey) and is developing further features.
Leanne Saunders’ eye for talent has resulted in producer credits on six features: box office hits Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Born to Dance, Nazi horror The Devil’s Rock, and dramas Desert, The Weight of Elephants and Christmas. She also executive produced a run of successful shorts. In 2016 Saunders was appointed Head of Production and Development at the NZ Film Commission.