Welcome to FilmQuest
We connect you with the locations of your favourite movies and TV shows and inspire you to journey beyond the screen.
Meet the Team
FilmQuest is an award-winning film tourism startup run by passionate film fans. We recognise the importance of providing reliable and inspiring content for people just like us - film buffs who want to travel to the locations of their favourite movies and TV shows. And even if you don't feel like leaving the house, you can always go on a virtual journey through film.
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
I grew up in the 80's in small-town New Zealand. We had access to two TV channels, one old-school movie theatre and a much-loved video shop where we could rent Hollywood movies that came out sometimes years after their release. This meant favourite films were often watched hundreds of times on repeat.
Like every kid I knew, I was fully immersed in the world of story. I'm fortunate that as an adult I continue to work in this world every day. In addition to running FilmQuest, which has taken me to some incredible film locations, I'm also a screenwriter and filmmaker. To date I've made three successful short films and have recently received funding from the New Zealand Writers Guild to work on my first feature film.
For more information about these projects head over to Punakaiki Productions.Email Pennie