Lara has over 20 years experience in Television and produced a number of award winning short-films since 2013. She is a Trustee for Steambox Collective and a Festival Director for the Rotorua Film Festival which is held annually.
As the Managing Director of Velvetstone Media she has worked on a range of projects in all types of genre, handled various budgets and developed templates and systems that are now used at a number of production houses. In the industry, I have a strong record of achievement, combining skills in diverse areas of organisational development, group/staff leadership, program development and project management, building partnerships and community relations.
Committed to the development of Rotorua and of the wider region, we are youthful yet experienced; we are passionate about our craft and strive to create a high quality product. We are bi-cultural with networks in both the mainstream and Maori media. We are passionate about our Maori Culture and capacity building our rangatahi. We are active members within the community with fresh innovative ideas and access to a dynamic group of industry practitioners also passionate about working and living in Rotorua and about sustaining a thriving Screen Industry in our region.