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Jaclyn Philpott

As Executive Director of The Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI), Jaclyn Philpott leads the only global organization representing film commission professionals in existence today. She oversees advocacy, educational programs and events that empower AFCI members to work more effectively with policymakers and businesses in the screen sector – all with the goal of fostering economic growth in an inclusive and sustainable manner. 

Philpott relocated from New Zealand to Los Angeles to take on the role in January 2023 and swiftly embarked on undertaking significant research, working with members and industry professionals to create a new strategy for the 49 year old organization to better serve commissions and private sector partners.

With its updated mission to enable Film Commissions and industry partners to bring productions to life through knowledge sharing, skill development and connection, the strategy will ensure AFCI embarks on its journey to diversified membership and digital transformation to connect the industry to Film Commissions and regions never before seen in its history. 

A former collaborator with the Regional Film Offices of New Zealand (RFONZ) and the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC)  through working at Screen Auckland and Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, Jaclyn is excited to be back on home turf for a few weeks enabling her presence at BSS.

Philpott earned an MBA from the University of Canterbury (New Zealand) with a specialization in management and growth strategies.