Neiloe Whitehead graduated from Rhodes University with a BJourn and majored in political science in 2004. She then went on to do post-graduate work at the Witwatersrand University and the University of Cape Town in 2005/ 6. She spent 7 years working in the production and development department of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF). She headed the documentary program at the foundation as a manager for 4 years. Her duties at the foundation included overseeing the evaluation panels, mentoring funded development projects, managing funded productions and initiating new documentary programs for the NFVF. She has also sat on the panel for various festivals and prestigious pitching platforms like the Good Pitch.
Whitehead was part of the Eurodoc International program in 2011. Part of her duties included overseeing TV formats, development, and production content for both fiction and non-fiction. She has experience in commissioning content, curating and managing projects. She is passionate about development in the film industry and is trained as script editor.
In 2015 Whitehead worked with Fireworx media as a development executive. She then went on to work as a project manager on an incubation project for the Association of Transformation in Film and Television that same year until the end of 2016.
Whitehead is now an independent story consultant, producer, and script editor. She consulted on Miners Shot Down, The Devil’s Lair and many other titles on behalf of the NFVF. She is currently script editing on a number of fictional projects supported by the KZN Film Commission.