Wiebke Finkler


I have been working as a freelance filmmaker for the last 18 years while developing my academic career, and in that time have increasingly merged my filmmaking skills with academic visual research. I have worked as director, producer, camera operator, editor and sound-engineer. As a filmmaker, I have worked for the Malaysian Film Board, ABC Television, NHNZ/Discovery Channel, and as a free-lancer doing corporate work. Current projects include immersive 360 videos and ambisonic sound. Future projects will increasingly focus on developing short format video campaigns for behaviour change as well as immersive experimental visual art. Below are a selection of long format documentary films as well as a short video on good whale watching.
The Guardian of Kinabalu (2018), was produced in collaboration with the University College Sabah Foundation in Borneo, Malaysia, to reconcile and communicate the needs of conservation and tourism in Kinabalu Park (Malaysia’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site). The film, co-produced with Lloyd Davis, won the Special Jury Award at the 11th International Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest 2018.
The documentary, Wind Dancer: the extraordinary life of Shona MacTavish (2009), which I directed, edited and co-produced with Lloyd Davis, was screened as part of the New Zealand Film Festival.
The Good Whale Watching SciCommercial produced as part of my creative PhD research in 2015. The video merges elements of science communication with marketing commercials and was evaluated as an educational visitor management tool. For further details visit here.
Singing Wood Documentary (2003). My first-ever movie made about a guitar maker living in Purakanui, near Dunedin, New Zealand. Co-produced with Sina Walker the film was screened as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival. Early career history.