The Big Screen Symposium 2018

Auckland Auckland


138 Halsey St, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland

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EARLYBIRD Earlybird prices available until midnight 26 September, unless sold out prior
EARLYBIRD INDUSTRY CONCESSION *See eligibility details below. ID Required at event.
INDUSTRY CONCESSION *See eligibility details below. ID Required at event.
STUDENT Student ID required


138 Halsey St, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland

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*= Industry Concession is for members of industry organisations which includes: AAANZ, Actors’ Equity, DEGNZ, Ngā Aho Whakaari, NZAPG, NZ Cinematographers Society, Screen Industry Guild, NZWG, SPADA, WIFT NZ, Pacific Islanders in Film & Television, Screen Composers Guild, (PIFT) and Pan Asian Screen Collective (PASC).

Tickets Include:
Full 2-day programme
Friday: Morning tea, lunch and Afternoon tea
Friday Evening: NZ Film Commission 40th Birthday Celebratory Drinks and Canapés
Saturday: Morning tea and Lunch

The Big Screen Symposium is the annual event that puts the filmmakers of Aotearoa New Zealand in one venue for the purpose of debate, discussion, information and inspiration.

The 2018 Big Screen Symposium will take place on 26 October – 27 October. The theme for 2018 is “Tuning into the Zeitgeist” which explores the forces that influence us both collectively and alone. 

Speakers and delegates alike embrace the spirit of the weekend... 

“I went to my first Big Screen Symposium feeling nervous and rusty and left feeling inspired. At my second I spent 10 minutes chatting to someone who offered me a job 6 months later. At my third I was able to talk directly to people making a funding decision on one of my projects. I can’t wait for the next one.” - Mark Prebble, Delegate 

“I loved hearing more about the NZ industry and meeting some of the very talented filmmakers as well. I was also impressed at the wide interest groups involved with the Symposium - it was really refreshing to attend a conference that is not solely producer- orientated.” - Liz Watts, Producer (AUS), Speaker 2015 

“I love its kaupapa, its ambition. I love seeing familiar faces. I loved the high I had in 2015, feeling overstuffed with ideas and inspiration; at its best, there’s nothing like it.” Survey respondent, 2017

The Big Screen Symposium is brought to you by Script to Screen and janda Productions. 

About Script to Screen
Script to Screen is a charitable trust whose mandate is to develop the craft and culture of storytelling for the screen in Aotearoa New Zealand. Since Script to Screen’s inception in 2006, our annual programme of events and initiatives for filmmakers remains unparalleled in terms of quality, reach, participation and output. Our nationwide programme, from grass roots to high-end, serves emerging and experienced writers, directors and producers. The Big Screen Symposium is a vital part of this programme. For more information please visit:

About janda Productions
janda Productions Ltd is a specialist Event & Project Management Agency. Between them, principals Justine McKay & Andy Dowding have over thirty years of international experience working in New York, London and, for the last ten years, New Zealand. janda have a range of skills covering all aspects of event management and production working with some of the most high profile brands and corporations in the country. For more information please see:

About New Zealand Film Commission
The New Zealand Film Commission is a government agency that invests in our country’s films, builds connections internationally, helps grow and support our talented filmmakers. It markets New Zealand’s screen production industry overseas and attracts international productions to New Zealand. They have been involved in more than 300 feature films including Hunt for the Winderpeople, Tickled, The Lord of the Rings, McLaren, The Hobbit and Waru. The New Zealand Film Commission is a big support of the Big Screen Symposium and are currently gathering information for their research by asking two questions at the end of the booking form. For more information please see: