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SPADA reveals draft programme

SPADA has released the first teasers of information for this year’s Screen Industry Summit, which is this year returning to Wellington in a late November slot.

SPADA will run its AGM first thing in the morning which will both allow everybody else to really caffeine up before the day gets going and (barring fights breaking out) will allow SPADA to confirm its new board at the SIS opening.

Cliff Curtis

Actor and producer Cliff Curtis

Only two speakers’ names are on the programme so far but both are, in their own ways, industry heavyweights. Dark Horse Cliff Curtis will wrap up the day’s proceedings reflecting on life, the universe, etc. The session should provide a neat counterpoint to the day’s opening session, the John O’Shea address, in which former NZFC and Screen Australia CEO Ruth Harley will deliver a “frank and uncensored look at her career and the current state of the industry”.

Ruth Harley

Former NZFC and Screen Australia CEO Dr Ruth Harley
Photo: Alan Pryke

In between will be a choice of sessions, addressing various aspects of the industry, all wrapped around the customary Great Screenrights’ Lunch featuring the always-entertaining South Pacific Pictures’ Big Pitch, presided over by the ever-popular Vincent Burke.

After the day’s events are over, the more social and – for some – rewarding SPADA Screen Industry Awards will run unto the evening. UP for grabs and now accepting nominations are the Park Road Post Production New Filmmaker of the Year, the Independent Producer of the Year, brought to you by CrombieLockwood and the SPADA Industry Champion.

Registrations are now open via Eventbrite. The SPADA Screen Industry Summit runs Friday 28 November at the Mac’s Function Centre, Wellington.

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