Paloma Schneideman is a writer, director, musician and maker of things. She is based in Tāmaki Makaurau, New Zealand.
Her interests have always gravitated towards the female experience, particularly the queer and diasporic experience, as that is the community she most identifies with. Her work is often hyper-realistic but underlined with dark comedy. She’s particularly interested in representation and diversifying the types stories we tell in Aotearoa. Whilst a creator of variation, common themes in her work explore queer existence, dysfunctional families, womanhood, and the tragedy that exists in everyday life.
Some of her highlights to date are having works selected for the NZ International Film Festival, Wairoa Maori Film Festival, Tahiti International Film Festival, and wining ‘Best Short’ at the Asian Micro Film Festival. More recently, she completed her project Memory Foam; a short film which was selected to premier in the 2019 NZIFF + Show Me Shorts, where it was nominated for NZ's Best Short Film, Best Director, and Best Actor (Alison Bruce). She also goes under the pseudonym Connie Cash when co-creating with Shaquille Wasasala. Her first feature, Big Girls Don't Cry, has been picked up for development and is currently being re-drafted with the support of the NZ Film Commission.
As a musician, Paloma produces and performs under the alias PollyHill, which has seen her headline gigs along side artists such as JessB, Half Queen and Imugi 이무기, performing in high profile shows such as Laneway Festival (with Filth AKL) The Other's Way Festival, Women's Refuge Fundraiser, and the 95BFM Fancy New Band Show case. She also composes and scores dance and film, with 2020 seeing further collaborations with artists' Jahra Wasasala, Sofia Mcintyre, Footnote Dance Company and the Pantograph Punch.
In 2020, Paloma was a recipient of the NZ Film Commissions Gender Scholarship, which of 123 applications, awarded 5 women a grant to continue making content, with an emphasis on comedic work.