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.
BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY
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)
Directed by Paloma Schneideman, Mine tells the story of a young mother who goes to drastic efforts to connect with her daughter. As the story progresses, we realise all is not as it seems.
In 2015 Mine was selected for NZIFF, FIFO, Wairoa Maori Film Festival, and won 'Best Short' at the Asian Micro Film Festival.
THE JASMINE AND JEROME COMEDY HOUR
A short film written and directed by Paloma Schneideman that explores the types of work we make in New Zealand and raises questions about the characters we keep representing, often forgetting to supply the context. Premiered Wairoa Maori Film Festival