Bay of Plenty City Info

City Manager

Your Bay of Plenty City Manager and Judge is Annmarie Lawler.

Annmarie Lawler


I have competed in various 'out of town' teams including Hamilton and Gisborne before finally getting the opportunity to enter a team in the Bay of Plenty (my own stomping ground).

As an active volunteer with Bay of Plenty Film for the past four years, I am delighted to be helping the Bay of Plenty 48Hours teams.

I am looking forward to the highs, the lows and the general race of the whole weekend. 

Email Annmarie

Call Annmarie - 027 526 6275

Bay of Plenty Final

Saturday the 20th of July at 8pm.

Rialto Tauranga - Goddards Centre, 21 Devonport Road, Tauranga.
Tickets on sale HERE.

Finalist teams get 2 x comps per team.

This screening has been rated by the Office of Film and Literature Classification. It is rated M.

BOP Judges


Miriama Smith ​is an award-winning actress with more than twenty years of
Film, TV and stage experience, in New Zealand and Australia. Her long list
of credits include, Filthy Rich, 800 Words, Playing for Keeps, Mt Zion, Seige, Stolen, Last Man Standing, Xena, Young Hercules, Legend of the Seeker and Power Rangers


James Muir and Alison Titulaer were co-producers of last years Bay of Plenty 48Hours winning film Manawa Bay. Alison took home Best Female Director at the National Finals, and James was nominated for Best Cinematographer. With a background in acting, Alison works freelance as a writer, director, and producer, and is about to shoot her NZFC funded short film Stella.
James (cinematographer, editor, director and producer) has a masters in Natural History Film-making at Otago. Credits include short documentary - River Dog, feature-length documentary Mauri o te Kauri


 Mike Jonathan is a Rotorua based film director/producer and director of photography. He’s been working in the TV and Film Industry for 27 years. Mike is also a member of the Steam Box Films Collective and is a co-director of the Rotorua Indigenous Film Festival. Mike ’s recent work was DOP Merata, How Mum decolonised the screen which is now released on Netflix. He has worked on a number of award-winning films and documentaries and is working towards his own feature film in the near future


Anton Steel​, CEO of Bay of Plenty Film and Director of the feature film The Z Nail Gang and has worked in the film industry for 20+ years on projects like Narnia, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II and Bridge to Terbithia.


Camilla Sanches​, is an online influencer and founding member/director of Mount TV, a marketing passion project dedicated to help inspire artistic people to follow their dreams and find success.