Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland

City Managers

Your Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland City Manager is Alix Whittaker and Esaú Allemora.

Alix Whittaker


Producer of ambitious and award-winning music videos, short films and feature films, Alix boasts a notable portfolio that includes Alien Pregnant by THUNDERLIPS, Daniel by Claire van Beek, Stray by Dustin Feneley, and Mega Time Squad by Tim van Dammen. Through her company Candlelit Pictures, Alix is immersed in developing and financing a diverse slate of feature films. Drawing from her experiences as a Producer Intern on Taika Waititi’s Hunt For The Wilderpeople, attending Ted Hope’s Producing Masterclass, Sue Maslin’s Producing Course, and Louise Gough’s Story Development Workshop, Alix has an unwavering commitment to infusing unique perspectives into the cinematic landscape.

Esaú Allemora


Media agnostic actor / writer / director / producer of boldy irreverent plays, television, short-film, and stand-up comedy. Esaú's work is inspired from his experiences as a queer first-generation Mexican-American expat. His aesthetics are influenced by his work in New York and training with SITI Company, Elevator Repair Service, The Mad Ones, the Actor Apprenticeship at Actors Theatre of Louisville, and BFA acting program at Oregon Center for the Arts at SOU. In Aotearoa, Esaú has cut his teeth working in film production for BSAG Productions, Candlelit Pictures, GFC Films, & Piki Films. In addition, he adapted/directed DADDY UBU (from Ubu Roi) for the Youth Company at ATC, created/produced/performed CHOLO FUGUE at Basement Theatre, and has received funding to create a television series. He is currently producing HOLY GHOST a short-film by Hannah Lynch for Day One Shorts and the play WINK by Jen Silverman. Esaú is committed to creating diverse work, free from virtue signalling, intent on challenging audiences. Esaú is assisting Alix in Auckland this year. 


Auckland city managers emails:



Call Alix 027 600 6565
The team are available for calls 7am - 10pm over the shoot weekend but please text outside those hours.

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Filming guidelines for Tāmaki Mākaurau

Download the Auckland filming guidelines from the team at Screen Auckland.

Live Launch - L'affare Newmarket from 5.30pm

The action kicks off on 17th May - Friday night from 5.30pm at L’affare Newmarket with a live launch event for the Auckland Teams. They will be serving up free filter coffee for the teams and discounted espresso over the shoot weekend.

L’affare is pulling out all the stops with a film-themed menu, so you can grab and go snacks on Friday night and over the shoot weekend. They will also be giving away spot prizes from the cafe.


All heats in 2024 will be screened online so teams can watch all entries.

Auckland City Finals

Date / time - Saturday 29th June, 7pm

Venue - SkyCity Theatre, Corner Hobson and Wellesley Streets, Auckland CBD

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Gin Loane


Gin Loane is the incredible cinematographer behind NZ feature films The Convert (in cinemas now), The Justice of Bunny King, The Breaker Upperers, Mahana, and more. Gin began attracting award nominations in 2006 with short film Fog by Peter Salmon, one of many short films they have shot that have made a mark overseas. In 2013 Gin won a Moa Award for family drama, Shopping, the debut feature from Louis Sutherland and Mark Albiston. Loane went on to win two awards from the NZ Cinematographers Society for Mahana (2016), Lee Tamahori’s first Kiwi feature since Once Were Warriors. They are a prolific cinematographer, coming from a lighting background, and an advocate for young up-and-coming talent in the camera department. You can check their work out here.

John Gilbert


Film editor John Gilbert won an Academy Award and a BAFTA for Best Film Editing for his work on Mel Gibson's 2016 war drama Hacksaw Ridge. A native of New Zealand, Gilbert has edited 23 feature films including Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, which garnered him the Satellite Award for Best Editing, and nominations for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award and an ACE Eddie Award. He also edited Director Alison Maclean's Crush, which was nominated for the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or award. In addition, Gilbert edited Simon Kinberg's 2022 film 355, 2018's Adrift for Director Baltasar Kormakur, and Director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's Damsel for Netflix.

Elz Carrad


Elz Carrad, proudly representing Te Whakatōhea and Te Aitanga-a-Māhaki, is an actor whose journey in the industry so far has been marked by moments of recognition and shared success with remarkable collaborators.
In 2021, Elz was nominated for Best Actor at the NZ TV Awards, a testament to his dedication to the craft & commitment to storytelling. His portrayal in the groundbreaking series Rūrangi not only earned him critical acclaim but also contributed to the show's monumental success, culminating in an international Emmy win.
Elz has also made appearances on other Kiwi shows such as The Brokenwood Mysteries &
Creamerie, but most recently, he took on the role of Tom in the series After The Party, working alongside the legendary Robyn Malcom, who leads the show. His passion for acting is evident, as he continually seeks roles that challenge and enrich his artistic journey.

Grant Major


Grant Major, a renowned Production Designer born in Palmerston North most recently worked on Jane Campion’s film, "THE POWER OF THE DOG," earning a 2022 Academy Award nomination. His longstanding portfolio includes Disney’s "MULAN," "MEG" for Warner Brothers, and "X Men: Apocalypse", "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", "Mister Pip", "Heavenly Creatures" and "Whale Rider". Major was previously nominated for Academy and BAFTA Awards for "King Kong" and garnered numerous accolades for "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, including an Academy Award for "The Return of the King." With a career spanning from TV telefilms to World Expos and Common Wealth Games Ceremonies, Major's contributions to film and design are widely recognised. Major received an honorary doctorate from his alma mata The Auckland University of Technology and has become an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit. IMDB