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Talking Heads: SPADA, 19 October 2015


Collaborate and Participate at this year’s SPADA Conference

The SPADA Conference merges local expertise with global knowledge to actively engage in key issues for both participants and guest speakers.

This year SPADA has secured the exclusive use of Film London’s Market Place Live session for this year’s Conference. Guaranteed to entertain and inform delegates Market Place Live goes beyond the regular panel format, using an imagined project with made-up cast, director, producer, financing partners and distributors. It allows the panel of experts to speak freely about their reactions and thought processes as well as invites the audience to engage and help make decisions at key stages of the film’s production. Panellists include NZFC CEO, Dave Gibson, Managing Director of Fulcrum Media, Sharon Menzies and Elizabeth Trotman, General Manager: Sales and Marketing, StudioCanal.

Market Place Live session will be facilitated by Angus Finney, a leading international film and creative industry specialist, whose work includes MBA-level teaching at The Judge Business School, Cambridge University and Cass Business School, City University, London.  He is the manager of Europe’s only Production Finance Market, hosted by Film London annually; and advises film funds and executive produces films, staying close to the film market and new trends and digital developments. He is also the author of four books, including recently re-published (2014) The International Film Business – A Market Guide Beyond Hollywood.

We’re also delighted to be running the annual South Pacific Pictures Big Pitch Competition – during The Great Screenrights’ lunch – together with the prestigious 18th Annual SPADA Industry Awards which will be followed by Screen Wellington’s Cocktail Function. Entries for the Big Pitch and the Industry Awards close Friday the 23rd of October.

Other Conference guests include 2015 Emmy winner for “Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program” Grant Moran who will be staying on after this year’s ANIMFX Conference; Deirdre Brennan, Head of Children’s TV at ABC TV will be participating in NZ On Air’s Children’s Content Forum on Friday morning; alongside Angus Finney’s Pitching Masterclass and Park Road Post Production/Pukeko Pictures – Ben Grant and Ryan Griffen (Goalpost), Sally Riley (ABC Indigenous), Angela Littlejohn and Sharon Lark (Pukeko Pictures) – walk us through the development, production and distribution of the highly acclaimed TV drama CLEVERMAN.

We continue shine a spotlight on the rich world of adaptations, with author and Director of International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University Damien Wilkins, who will sit down with acclaimed writer Emily Perkins and internationally renowned filmmaker Alison Maclean (Kitchen Sink, Crash) to discuss their process and work behind adapting Booker prize-winner Eleanor Catton’s first novel The Rehearsal.

12 months on, we re-visit and uncover the synergies that do exist between the screen industry and game developers by examining two exciting case studies that have been developed over the last 12 months. Our Thursday line-up also looks at the vital role of the publicist in developing and creating key marketing material that is essential to positioning and marketing your film: panel includes Anna Dean, Anne Chamberlain and Elizabeth Trotman from Studio Canal.

A very big thank you to all our SPADA Conference Sponsors: Grow Wellington, NZ On Air, Screenrights, South Pacific Pictures, Images and Sound, Park Road Post Production, Crombie Lockwood, Screen Wellington, Film Finances, New Zealand Film Commission, Cinesure, Museum Art Hotel, Havana Coffee, Budget Rental Cars and BCD Travel.

Early Bird Registrations Open Until 23 Oct
Click here to Register now!


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