The programme for SPADA’s 25th Anniversary Conference is now live on SPADA’s website.
The previously-announced Jane Campion tops the bill, with a line-up including the returns of the very local Candle Wasters and international guests David Kleeman (SPADA 2011) and threepeater Angus Finney, a regular vistor to our shores and SPADA Conferences in recent years.
Last year’s session “What is the NZ Voice?” is revisited with a session on how to articulate and translate that voice onto the screen.
As well as 2017 marking the silver anniversary for the conference, the SPADA Screen Industry Awards also hit a nice round number, presenting gongs for the 20th time. The list of awardees is long, pretty distinguished, and delivers a pretty good hit-rate at spotting developing talent in picking awardees for the New Filmmaker gong.
Plenty of those winners have grown their profile and presence in the industry considerably since winning the award, including Florian Habicht, Jackie van Beek, Jason Stutter, Roseanne Liang and Zoe McIntosh.
Following the awards presentations the NZFC’s newly-arrived Investment Executive Chris Moll will open the inaugural Terror-Fi Film Festival with a screening of The Girl With All The Gifts, on which Moll was an EP.
The NZFC’s soon-departing CEO Dave Gibson (SPADA Industry Champion back in 2005) will present on a panel discussing a report on the screen industries’ contribution to the economy, a timely topic given the change of government and the need to build new relationships with new ministers and their purse-strings.
“The 25th Anniversary SPADA Conference celebrates a quarter century of the screen industry coming together to be inspired and to connect, so it’s only fitting this year’s theme is The Magic of Collaboration – something at the heart of every great screen production,” says Executive Director Sandy Gildea.
The conference programme offers other regular features, including the South Pacific Pictures’ Big Pitch and the supporter of many a long day’s work, caffeine, courtesy of Havana Coffee.