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Talking Heads: Spada, 22 February 2015


Registrations Now Open for the
2016 International Training & Development Initiative with
Creative Expert Angus Finney

“I urge all filmmakers, emerging or experienced to sign up…”

“I have attended various creative focussed workshops over the last few years, and whilst these are fantastic for the advancement of story ideas and finessing of craft, this was the first workshop I have attended that really brought home to me the fact that I am working in an ‘industry’ that is at the mercy of finances and markets.  

“I feel my international network has extended significantly not just to Angus but to his connections as well. His knowledge on the current environment in terms of co-production, international sales and financing options was invaluable.”

“This course provides a very rare opportunity for producers at early to mid-career level to up skill, consider their work within a business framework, and contextualise it against Angus’s international viewpoint and other producers more local experiences. It’s a course which provides a very far-reaching view of the business of film–but allows the time for producers to ask (and have answered) questions relating to the specifics of their own projects.”

“Angus’s course has been, by a significant margin the best professional development I have undertaken as a producer.”

Excerpt from 2015 Cohort Feedback

2016 DATES

  • APRIL 2016: Module 1: Development and Production Management
  • Tuesday 26-Thursday 28 (Monday is Anzac Day)
  • JULY 2016: Module 2: Finance and Sales
  • Monday 18-Wed 20 (TBC)
  • NOVEMBER 2016: Module 3 (November): Marketing and Distribution
  • Monday 21-Wednesday 23
  • (SPADA Conference Thurs 24 & Fri 25)
  • All three modules are held in Wellington. Venue TBC.

This world-class programme has been developed to deliver on a range of key objectives from building creative team skills, marketing expertise, business modelling skills, to improving international market knowledge. There are three x three-day modules (you must be committed to attending all three modules), coupled with course mentoring between sessions by the Course Director. Each module will comprise two days for writers and directors and producers; with the third day dedicated to producers/teams only.

The programme is developed for producers, writers and directors of creative content, working at a range of levels across feature films (including documentaries that cross over to theatrical) and television drama. The Course Director, Angus Finney, is the former director of Renaissance Films – a UK-based development, production, financing and sales company, project manager of the Film London Production Finance Market, author of “The International Film Business: A Market Guide Beyond Hollywood”, and a further four books on production, distribution and financing. Finney is also the course leader for the University of Exeter’s ‘MA in Independent Film Business’, a new master’s programme run in partnership with the London Film School.

All producers, writers and directors applying for this programme must have a completed feature film script or TV programme/series that has the potential to gain either local distribution interest and/or international appeal. Specific project focus is encouraged in the application process, as projects will form part of the professional development and mentoring focus. Teams applying together will be given priority.

Numbers are restricted so please direct all enquiries, or to secure your placement, contact SPADA’s Executive Director Sandy Gildea at the SPADA office (T: 64 4 939 6934 / 021 456 076) by Friday March 25 at the latest.

Thank you to our Strategic Partners



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