The Association of Film Commissioners International has elected Kevin Jennings, executive manager of New Zealand’s Film Otago Southland, as its new chairman.

Jennings’ leadership of the Otago Southland film office has seen an array of big-budget feature film productions in New Zealand including  the “Hobbit” trilogy, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” “10,000 BC,” ” The Lord of the Rings,” “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe,” “Prince Caspian,” “Vertical Limit” and Sundance Channel’s “Top of the Lake.”

Statistics New Zealand has reported film production brings $20 million annually into the local economy.

New members on AFCI’s Board of Directors include First Vice-Chairman, Nick Maniatis, Director of the New Mexico Film Office; Second Vice-Chairman, Sigmund Elias Holm, Western Norway Film Commissioner; Treasurer, Walea Contantinau, Film Commissioner for the Honolulu Film Office; and Pam Haynes, Director of West Virginia Film Office is Secretary.

The other board members: Silvia Echeverri, Colombian Film Commission; Denny Staggs, Montana Film Office; Marijana Stoisits, Vienna Film Commission; Karen Carberry Warhola, Maine Film Office; and Jeanne Corcoran, Sarasota Film and Entertainment Office.

“It’s an honor to be in a position of servant leadership with AFCI and to continue serving the ever-changing needs of the TV and film industry on-location internationally as we have for the past 40 years,” said Jennings. “As the leading resource on the planet for location shooting, our members represent the best of the best in trained and knowledgeable film commission professionals around the world.”

Jennings also announced the new date and venue for AFCI’s annual Locations & Global Finance Show, which has been set for April 21-23 at the Marriott Burbank.