SPADA ran its one-day Screen Industry Summit on 28 November in Wellington.
The day was book-ended with keynotes, the opener being Dr Ruth Harley’s NZ On Air John O’Shea Memorial Address. Closing out the day was Cliff Curtis, who’d earlier in the week been nominated for the NZ Film Awards Best Actor gong for his portrayal of Genesis Potini in The Dark Horse. Curtis was in conversation with Taika Waititi, who’d earlier in the week announced that the What We Do in the Shadows team hadn’t entered the NZ Film Awards’ Best Bi-polar Chess Champion category.
We have written coverage of the sessions on the Next Generation of Film Funding, with Simon Bowden, Dave Gibson and Anna Guenther; and on the NZ Children’s Screen Trust session with Janette Howe, Kerry Warkia and teens from this year’s Prix Jeunesse jury, Meet Your Audience! or Honey, I Want to Blow Up the Kids; the Tim Thorpe-moderated session on the potential for collaborations between game developers and film/TV content creators with the NZFC’s incentives whizz Naomi Wallwork and game boys Stephen Knightly and Mario Wynands; plus the 1.01 session introducing the Regional Film Offices of New Zealand.
There’s upcoming video coverage of the following sessions:
- Broadcasting in a Multiplatform Environment
with TVNZ’s Jeff Latch, MTS’ Paora Maxwell, MediaWorks’ Mark Caulton, Sky’s Kathy Wright; all moderated by Irene Gardiner
- In Conversation with Kate Harwood
presented by Libertine Pictures
- The Rewards of Crime Writing
presented by NZ On Screen, with writers Paul Cleave, Donna Malane and Paul Thomas, wrangled by Kim Baker
- A Reel Life: Cliff Curtis
in conversation with Taika Waititi
One of SPADA’s great traditions is the Great Screenrights’ Lunch, accompanied the equally great South Pacific Pictures’ Big Pitch, greatly MCed by Mr Vincent Burke and this time around won by the great Ben Zolno.
The day ended with some committed alcohol consumption, following the presentations to the winners of the three awards.