A thriving social change sector supported by film

Film for Change was co-founded in 2013 by Helen and Jesse, who saw a need for charities and community groups to have their stories told, and for filmmakers to gain practical filmmaking experience while helping their communities. We make films, distribute them, run special interest film projects, and are involved in teaching, speaking, and consulting engagements. Everything we do is supported by our network of over 200 volunteers in the Wellington region, and in turn, we provide them with opportunities to practice their craft, gain experience in the industry, form long lasting relationships with like-minded people, and to make a socially positive impact on the world.

We value creativity, collaboration, community, and education.

Creativity

Creativity is key when it comes to funding, making, and distributing short films. We believe in thinking outside of the box about problems, and strive to come up with engaging, creative solutions. We challenge our volunteers, our clients and ourselves to think creatively.

Collaboration

We work alongside our clients and come up with solutions together that we can all be proud of. We are not an advertising agency, and we are not a service for hire. We are a collective of collaborators who believe in the power of working together.

Community

Film for Change believes in the power of community. Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi. With your food basket and my food basket, the people can be cared for. We are part of the same charity/social enterprise community as our clients so we understand the challenges of the sector. We understand they are busy trying to do the things they are passionate about. We understand that time and money are precious resources. We are here to listen, and we are here to support.

Education

We have a culture of constant learning, skill sharing and adapting. We’re always learning and trying new things, and we encourage this kind of curiosity in our clients and in the volunteers we teach and learn from.

Teams

Film for Change is made up of four teams; Finance, Comms, Relationships and Filmmaking. These four teams consist of over 200 volunteers in the Wellington region and our volunteers are a mix of experienced professionals to students.

Our leadership team

Helena Henare Coolen (CEO: Partnership and Sustainability Leader),
Shu Run Yap (People and Passion Leader),
Jesse Gonzales (Creative Director),
Seraphina Tausilia-Brown (Volunteer Manager and Admin),
Josie Mason (Communications Team Leader),
Hao Luan (Finance Team Leader)

Our board members

Helen Brasting (Chairperson, Co-founder),
Paul Wolffram,
Brannavan Gnanalingam,
Cathy Hardinge,
Jesse Gonzales (Co-founder),
Tamas Molnar (Secretary)

How we are funded

Film for Change is a registered Charitable Trust. Our funding comes from grants, donations and the projects we work on. We are transitioning to a social enterprise model and are open to short films projects outside of our kaupapa to fundraise for our core work. You can donate directly to our cause here.

You can download our annual report here.