Each year, 60 million travellers are inspired by movies and TV shows when choosing their holiday destination.
Our vision is to establish FilmQuest as the world's leading film tourism site.We choose locations carefully: they need to be accessible, iconic and recognisable.
We select only the best location experiences for the site. These are either tested anonymously, or come highly recommended by fans or destination marketing organisations.
Back in 2001, I came across a headline about film fans travelling to New Zealand to see the locations from The Lord of the Rings. I was fascinated. Why would people go to such lengths in order to visit film locations? Deciding to get to the bottom of things, I shifted from Germany to New Zealand to write my PhD thesis in film tourism at the University of Otago.
After graduating in 2007, I realised that there is a real lack of knowledge in the industry about film tourism and started to consult destinations on how to utilise the tourism-inducing benefits of movies and TV shows for clients such as VisitBritain, VisitDenmark, Czech Tourism, Innovation Norway, Cine Tirol Film Commission, Association of Film Commissioners International (AFCI), Film London, Jordan Tourism Board, The Royal Film Commission of Jordan, Failte Ireland and Tourism Northern Ireland. For more information about my consulting services and industry expertise, visit our B2B site.
In 2010, I published The Experiences of Film Location Tourists (Channel View Publications: London).
Setting up FilmQuest has been a dream of mine for many years and I am thrilled to be able to share the world of film locations with the fan community.Email Stefan
Arts graduates don't have it easy in the modern workplace, but we certainly have it interesting.
For all those who asked me what an Art History and English major goes on to do, well... I've worked as a curator in an art gallery (which demanded a great deal of muscular strength and hammer skills), been a freelance writer, taught creative non-fiction to German Uni students and write and direct my own films which have shown at festivals around the world. Most recently I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Natural History Filmmaking.
In 2013, Stefan and I started our own film production company - Punakaiki Productions. The company's focus is to produce stories with strong female characters (www.punakaiki-productions.com).
With the creation of FilmQuest, I've landed my dream job: I'm responsible for the site's creative content and visual imagery. So I guess that arts degree was good for something.Email Pennie