The team at Show Me Shorts are dedicated to playing an active role in the New Zealand short film community. We are therefore proud to have energetic and forward-thinking board members who bring decades of experience to steering our ship with outstanding governance and strategic planning.
Matthew Mudford (Chair)
Matthew Mudford is an advisor in KPMG’s Auckland Performance practice. He works with a range of clients in process and strategy improvement, including large corporates, iwi and exporting businesses. Matthew brings several years of experience on a range of Māori and not-for profit boards. Outside of the professional environment, he enjoys watching and playing sports, as well as film and music.
Tamara Liebman (Secretary)
Tamara Liebman is a co-founder of Show Me Shorts Film Festival Trust, which she established in 2006. As a senior business lawyer she has been responsible for managing the legal, regulatory and compliance side of running the festival. Tamara loves movies, music, science and culture in general, and enjoys ferrying her children around to get amongst all the great stuff happening in the big smoke!
Alecia McCulloch (Treasurer)
Alecia McCulloch is the Managing Director of Fantail Finances – an Auckland accounting firm geared exclusively to the creative industries. In addition to tax and production-based accounting, she specialises in business strategy and operations and has several years of board experience with not-for-profits. Alecia holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Auckland where she graduated Beta Gamma Sigma in 2012. She has a deep love of cinema, art, theatre and music.
Paddy Buckley started out as a media/technology lawyer in London before moving to New Zealand and launching the country’s first SVOD service in 2012. He has deep experience with all matters relating to video streaming, content licensing and technology. He is now Head of Video Products & Strategy at Stuff. Paddy is Chair of the Show Me Shorts Business Development Committee and loves all kinds of movies.
Sally-Anne is the Executive Director at TAPAC, The Auckland Performing Arts Centre. Prior to this, she produced the Good Morning show on TVNZ for ten years. Sally-Anne has also held senior arts management roles in Australia, including Director of Film Victoria and Director of Development and Production at Columbia TriStar in Sydney. She has directed TV shows, worked as a finance lawyer and holds a Master of Entrepreneurship from Otago University. She has a broad background of arts management, legal, entrepreneurial and creative skills.
Sue has served as screen publicist for numerous New Zealand and international films since the 1990s. Her work includes every film released in NZ by 20th Century Fox from 2006-2017, including box office hits Avatar, Hidden Figures, Life of Pi, Black Swan and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Her NZ film work includes Loimata: The Sweetest Tears, Māui’s Hook, My Year With Helen, Poi E: The Story of Our Song, Mt Zion, River Queen and The Māori Merchant of Venice. She was the 2007 WIFT Unsung Heroine of the NZ Screen Industry in recognition of her founding ONFILM magazine as well as her career as publicist. Sue is a long-time student of te reo Māori and is a member of the Aotearoa Screen Publicists Collective interim komiti.
Renée Burgers has been part of the Show Me Shorts team since 2013 providing analytical support and as a programmer. She is an experienced Senior Advisor who has been working with Auckland Council for more than a decade. Her current role is Senior Advisor Plans & Programmes for the Local Boards. She holds a BA and a BCom from the University of Auckland.
Gina Dellabarca, MNZM
Gina Dellabarca co-founded Show Me Shorts in 2006, and is the driving force behind the festival. She is an experienced marketing and communications professional and film programmer. Gina is Vice-Chair of the Board for the Short Film Conference – a world-wide organization working to promote the status of the short film and unite the global short film community. Her background includes providing publicity for films, co-owning a cinema, and marketing for major attractions (e.g. Stardome Observatory, Auckland Zoo, Regional Facilities Auckland). In 2019 she was was recognised as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the film industry.