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Paloma graduated from Unitec film school in 2015 with a degree in Performing and Screen Arts. As a story-teller, Paloma’s work is often hyper-realistic but underlined by dark comedy, with a focus on the small details or the liminal moments that happen in between the big moments.

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. 

(in development)
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Big Girls Don't Cry is Paloma's debut feature film, currently in development with the NZ Film Commission, and produced by Vicky Pope (Savage, Gardening with Soul). It is a semi-autobiographical story about a girl who wants to be seen as an adult by everyone, but still needs to be loved like a child. This coming of age story looks at female shame, sexual identity, the relationships that shape us and the actions that define us.

Memory Foam is a short film written and directed by Paloma Schneideman and funded by the New Zealand Film Commission. It explores a moment with a middle aged married couple who are shopping for a bed. As they move around the store they realise their bed may not be the only thing they've outgrow.

Premiered in NZIFF 2019 and Show Me Shorts Film Festival - nominated for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor (Alison Bruce)