Celia Jaspers

Celia Jaspers

Celia is a Director, Writer, Producer, Script Supervisor & Editor.  As an experienced working director, in the field & onset for nearly 3 decades, there's not much i haven't seen, fixed or experienced! I believe my skills from doco translate extremely well to narrative, my experience directing non actors has given me enormous skills in working with people of all backgrounds and with my training in directing actors, i know i am capable to handle just about anything thrown at me. 

EPK - Available on request



I just love everything about filmmaking and have been lucky enough to spend my whole working life in the industry, working mostly as a director and editor, and love being at the coal face of production.

I've been accumulating a vast range of craft skills across many areas in the industry, but have been resolutely focused about being a director since a teenager. I've directed a broad range of content from doco, factual, kids and short films, and am now pivoting strongly to narrative scripted work.

I've been part of many masterclasses and workshops from AFTRS, to Script to Screen, DEGANZ and Sundance Collab courses. I'm very active in my upskilling and apply everything I learn to current projects or future aspirations.

I've been fortunate to collect several awards for my TV work, and my shorts, have also attained a range of awards from Best Director to Best Film in many festivals around the world.

The highlight of my career across many hours of commercial content, has literally been my two self funded shorts. An absolute joy to work in narrative and with my hand picked team, I loved every second of both productions from shooting right down to post and eventually festivals.

I now have a strong desire to direct TV & features.


“Celia is a highly motivated producer director who has consistently delivered GSTV excellent primetime material. She has high organisational skills and is capable of delivering television series’ by driving large production teams. Creatively she understands the necessary story arcs that modern networks demand– and has a strong visual sense. In either the producer or director league, Celia is a valuable asset to GSTV.”
Phil Smith – Managing Director, Great Southern Television

“Shout out to bad ass director Celia Jaspers killing it on an episode of House Hunters International in Wellington, NZ! Not only was she directing our drone pilot here (reference photo) but she was also running traffic with 2 cams with her DP plus six talent including two infants. Just want to say cheers and well done to a true professional. Grace, style and competence! What a joy to witness as Celia’s boss who felt more like a student today !!! #respect #ladyboss
Liz Layton – Co-Executive Producer, House Hunters International, Leopard Films USA

“Celia has a first- class television brain – she has superb instincts and has honed her abilities through a wide variety of work, including on Hyundai Country Calendar. We set very high standards on our show and Celia has always met, or exceeded, those. She gives 100% to any project she’s involved in. Celia will never let you down – and in fact, she’ll bring more to any project she undertakes than you expected."
Julian O’Brien – Producer, Country Calendar, TVNZ

“… we wanted a director who could come up creative ideas that would set the show apart from other children’s programmes. Celia delivered – from the outset she was totally dedicated to the success of the show – she scripted and directed (and edited a number of shows) and went way beyond what I would normally ask from a director. She is creative, very well organised, very knowledgeable about her craft and always receptive to suggestions from other team members. This won’t be the last time Celia works for Top Shelf.”
Laurie Clarke, Executive Producer, Top Shelf Productions

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Year Production Role Company / Director
2024 House Hunters International - TV Series Producer & Director Leopard Films USA
2024 Country Calendar - TV Series Director & Writer TVNZ
2023 The Polycess - Short Film Director, Writer, Producer & Editor
2023 The Watch - Short Film Producer, 2nd AD Panasonic
2023 Bikes - Short Film Supervising Producer Panasonic
2023 Dance - Short Film Supervising Producer Panasonic
2022 Shut Eye - Feature Film Associated Producer
2021 Milk - Short Film Director, Producer, Writer & Editor
2020 Homeschool - Short Film Director, Producer, Writer & Editor
2011 Primeval NZ - Documentary Director, Producer, Editor NHNZ
2011 Shearing Gangs - TV Series Producer & Director GSTV
2010 WOW - Documentary Field Director Media Inc
2009 Waitaha, Maitreya - Music Video Director & Editor
2009 WOW - Documentary Field Produucer Media Inc
2009 Development Producer NHNZ
2007 Family Feuds - TV Series Producer & Writer Top Shelf Productions
2007 10 Years Younger - TV Series Director Cream TV
2007 Castaway - TV Series Edit Producer & Editor Lion Television UK
2006 Cool Kids Cooking - 3 Series (90 Eps) Producer, Director, Writer & Editor Top Shelf Productions
2006 Remarkable Vets - TV Series Producer, Director, Writer & Editor GSTV
2006 Real Escapes - TV Series Producer, Director & Writer GSTV
2004 50k of Coronet Peak - Documentary Producer, Director, Writer & Editor GSTV
2002 Crumbling, Slim - Music Video Producer, Director, Writer & Camera
2002 WNTV - Drama & Factual TV Series Director
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"Script Supervisor CEO training with Jennifer Carriere”. Now being mentored by Veronique Lawerence, Script Supervisor.
"Picture 2023” with Share the Knowledge & Compton School
“Film Financing” with Share the Knowledge
“Directors Tone and Style with Heath Cullins”
“Directing Child Actors with Miranda Harcourt” DEGANZ
“Directing Episodic TV with Rachel Raimist” Sundance
“Understanding Tone – Directors Masterclass with Rob Sarkies” DEGANZ
“Directing Actors Masterclass with Miranda Harcourt” DEGANZ
“Directors Masterclass with Charlie Haskell” DEGANZ
“Script Analysis and Performance with Chris Dudman” DEGANZ
“Editing for Drama Master class with John Gilbert”, NZ Film School
“5 senses of filmmaking with Rob Sarkies” DEGANZ
Top Student Award in “News Media Processes”, Massey University
“Melbourne University – Summer Film School” Specialist Directing Classes
“Directing Teenage and Children Actors” Workshop, Miranda Harcourt, WIFT
Nominated for “Emerging Producer of the Year” WIFT.
“Directing Actors” Workshop, Judith Weston
“Directing Comedy” Workshop, AFTRS, Sydney
“Directing for Film” Workshops, Script to Scr
“Robert McKee Screenwriters Workshop”, Sydney
“Advanced Video Editing”, South Seas Film and Television School
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30+ awards for "MILK" across 100+ international festivals
BRONZE at WorldFest Hoston International Film Festival for "The Polycees" in 2023
Finalist & Winner of Best Family Film for “ Homeschool ” – V48Hours Film Festival Lockdown, 2020
Grand Jury Judge New York Festivals International Film &Television Awards, 2019 to present
New York Festivals International Film & Television Awards: GOLD World Medal for Best Nature & Wildlife Documentary SILVER World Medal for Directing (craft) BRONZE World Medal for Best Lifestyle Programme BRONZE World Medal for Best Lifestyle Programme,
Judge New Zealand Television Awards 2017 to present
Primeval New Zealand” – Best Natural History Program at AsianTV Awards, Best Life Sciences Program at Jackson Hole Science Media Awards, Best Scientific Content at 35th International Wildlife Film Festival, Best Of Category” TV program under $250K at 35th IWFF, Best Graphics / Animation at 35th IWFF, 2012.
Winner of Summer Photography Competition – Mindfood Magazine, May 2012.
Top Student Award in “News Media Processes”, Communication &Journalism Department, Massey University, 2009.
Nominated for “Emerging Producer of the Year 2006”, WIFT.
Finalist in Qantas Media Awards, “Best Children’s Programme”2003.