Our Filmmakers

Photo by: Sacha Stejko

Photo by: Sacha Stejko

Ghazaleh Golbakhsh

Ghazaleh is an Iranian-New Zealand writer and filmmaker who has studied documentary, writing and directing at the University of Auckland. She was also a Fulbright scholar and studied screenwriting at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has written and directed award winning shorts and is currently in development with her first feature to be produced by Miss Conception Films. The script recently received development funding from the NZFC.

Interests: comedy, identity politics, diaspora, and existentialist crises.




Nicole van Heerden

Nicole studied Screen Production and Drama Directing at the University of Auckland, and produced and directed promotional videos under her company Huia Films.  She has written and directed short films which have screened in various festivals in New Zealand and internationally, and on the Rialto Channel. Her latest documentary, Eyes for Everest, set in the Everest Region of Nepal is currently in post-production.  

Interests: history, travel, conservation and environment, 19th Century novels.




Mojan Javadi

Mojan studied film and media in the US and New Zealand. She completed her Masters with first-class honours in Screen Production at the University of Auckland.  She has written, co-produced and directed short films and documentaries. In the past few years Mojan has been involved in projects concerning the environment and community.

Her aim is to inspire, educate and create a positive impact through filmmaking.

Interests: Nature, Film, People, Traveling, Drumming.



Our Emerging Filmmakers


Amanda Robinson

Amanda is a writer, reporter, and filmmaker studying writing and directing at the University of Auckland. She is the co-founder of Thursday Girls, an artist duo that produces regular artist-run events across Tāmaki Makaurau. She is a former intern at the Directors and Editors Guild and she runs Waking Dream Collective's Instagram.

Interests: film, politics, women writers, aesthetics, and violence.



We run an internship for young (and young at heart) women and migrant filmmakers. Our interns may work on productions, events and other Waking Dream activities. Our aim is to support, encourage and foster relationships with the next generation of filmmakers. Our current intern is Kelly Gordon who is an animation student at the Media Design School.

If you are interested in an internship please email contact us. *Please note internships are not paid and are Auckland or Melbourne based only*