Punakaiki Productions was founded by New Zealand writer/director Pennie Hunt and German-born producer Stefan Roesch. The company is based in Port Chalmers, Dunedin.
Pennie began writing and directing films during her nine years living and working in Germany. Her German language shorts 'Earth, Hell, Heaven', financed by the Bavarian Film Commission (FFF Bayern)' and 'Freakwave' were festival successes, winning awards and showing at the acclaimed Palm Springs, Aesthetica and Hof festivals.
With a slate of female-centric screenplays across several genres, Pennie is a storyteller committed to fostering under-represented voices in the screen sector, especially in the Otago Southland region.
Her debut feature 'Tandem' was the recipient of a NZWG Seed Grant in 2019 and an NZFC online mentorship with Rob Sarkies in 2021. She was selected for the DEGNZ’s Female Filmmakers Incubator 2020 and Script to Screen’s FilmUp programme 2021.
In addition to producing films, Stefan is a leading industry expert in film tourism – work that has taken him around the world as a consultant for national tourism organisations and film commissions such as VisitBritain, VisitDenmark, the Royal Film Commission of Jordan, Film London and Tourism Northern Ireland.
Stefan is also the Director of FilmQuest, a film-inspired travel resource for fans, featuring the world’s iconic film locations, the best on-site experiences and film tourism-related stories.
In April 2021, he was selected for the INAUGURAL Creative Collaboration in Action Programme 2021 which is organised by SPADA and NZWG, with support from the New Zealand Film Commission.