Big Screen Symposium

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Guillermo Arriaga
Guillermo Arriaga Guillermo Arriaga is a Mexican author, screenwriter, director and producer. His work as a screenwriter is one of the most revolutionary and interesting in world cinema. He has written the screenplays for award-winning films AMORES PERROS (2000), 21 GRAMS (2004), BABEL (2006) and THE BURNING PLAIN (2007) which he directed. [Read More]
Park Chan-wook
Park Chan-wook Park Chan-wook is a Korean film director, screenwriter, producer and former film critic who has emerged as one of the most significant talents in cinema in recent years. His latest film STOKER (Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode) has received critical acclaim world over and will be released in NZ on 15 August. [Read More]
David Wenham
David Wenham David is one of Australia’s most respected actors. He is best known for playing Faramir in LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS and RETURN OF THE KING. He has recently appeared in Jane Campion's TOP OF THE LAKE, and also directed short film COMMISSION featuring Hugo Weaving, to screen as part of Tim Winton's feature film collaboration THE TURNING. [Read More]
Andrew Bovell
Andrew Bovell Award-winning Australian writer Andrew Bovell, has written screenplays for a number of films including the original screenplay for STRICTLY BALLROOM, and the multi-award-winning screenplay for LANTANA. His latest film A MOST WANTED MAN starring Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe and Philip Seymour Hoffman, is currently in post-production. [Read More]
Rolf de Heer
Rolf de Heer Rolf de Heer writes, produces and directs feature films. Works include the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize winner TEN CANOES (2007), THE TRACKER (2002) and Venice Grand Jury Prize winner BAD BOY BUBBY (1993). He is currently in post-production on CHARLIE'S COUNTRY, a film with David Gulpilil. [Read More]
Cezary Skubiszewski
Cezary Skubiszewski Australian film composer Cezary Skubiszewski is an award winning musical talent. His work on a wide range of productions have won him numerous awards including his score for THE SAPPHIRES (2012), RED DOG (2011), BRAN NUE DAE (2009) and has also composed music for advertisements including the VB BOTTLE SYMPHONY. [Read More]
Dana Rotberg
Dana Rotberg Mexican filmmaker Dana Rotberg has lived and worked as a director, writer and producer in Mexico, France and Bosnia & Herzegovina. Rotberg has recently written and directed WHITE LIES - TUAKIRI HUNA, adapted from a novella by renowned New Zealand author Witi Ihimaera, which was released in New Zealand in June 2013. [Read More]
Kasia Karwan
Kasia Karwan Kasia is a sales executive at Premium Films, a sales agent and theatrical distribution company based in France. The company represents many Academy Award and Palme d'Or winning shorts films, and are now expanding into feature film sales. They recently co-produced REALITY (wri/dir Matteo Garrone) which won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 2012. [Read More]
Philippa Campbell
Philippa Campbell Philippa is a NZ producer with feature film credits including the acclaimed RAIN, Sundance award winner NO.2, award-winning BLACK SHEEP, and the genre-busting RUBBINGS FROM A LIVE MAN. She most recently produced Jane Campion’s international television mini-series TOP OF THE LAKE starring David Wenham, Elisabeth Moss and Robyn Malcom. [Read More]
ANNIE GOLDSON
ANNIE GOLDSON Annie has been producing and directing award-winning documentaries, docudramas and experimental film & video for 25 years, and has received major awards at international film festivals, with her works screened throughout many broadcast outlets. Annie is currently a Professor at the Dept. of Film, Television & Media Studies at the University of Auckland. [Read More]
Daniel Borgman
Daniel Borgman Daniel Joseph Borgman has forged a unique path as a New Zealand filmmaker, making his films both there and in Europe. His short film LARS AND PETER screened in competition at Cannes in 2009, and he went on to win the Grand Prix at Semaine de la Critique in 2010 for his short film BERIK. He has just completed his debut feature THE WEIGHT OF ELEPHANTS. [Read More]
Wonjo Jeong
Wonjo Jeong Wonjo Jeong is a producer working at Moho Film, a production company owned by the acclaimed Korean filmmaker, Park, Chan-wook. Jeong was born and raised in Korea until the age of twelve when his family immigrated to New Zealand where he completed his school education and a Bachelor's Degree in Commerce and Administration. [Read More]
Kararaina Rangihau
Kararaina Rangihau Kararaina Rangihau (aka Karlite) is of Tūhoe and Te Arawa ancestry and lives in Waikaremoana. She is a dedicated Tūhoe tribeswoman committed to the preservation, protection and restoration of Tūhoe epistemology, and devoted to ensuring that Tūhoetanga continues as a living practice in her community. [Read More]
Michael Stephens
Michael Stephens Michael Stephens is a leading New Zealand film and entertainment lawyer and executive producer. Michael has been closely involved supporting the development of New Zealand’s film production and digital entertainment sector and its links with Asia. He is the founding principal of Stephens Lawyers. [Read More]
Quinton Hita
Quinton Hita Quinton's work on TV, radio and film has seen him on both sides of the camera. Hita has produced a number of films with director Tearepa Kahi, including award-winning short TAUA - WAR PARTY (2007), and most recently their successful debut feature MT ZION (2013) starring Stan Walker and Temuera Morrison. [Read More]
Leanne Saunders
Leanne Saunders Leanne has produced and executive produced a number of NZ feature films including CHRISTMAS (2003), THE DEVIL DARED ME TO (2007), A SONG OF GOOD (2008), DESERT (2010), Cannes Critic's week short film Grand Prix winner BLUE (2011), and most recently Daniel Borgman's film THE WEIGHT OF ELEPHANTS (2013). [Read More]
Chris Sinclair
Chris Sinclair NZ born Chris Sinclair is a freelance sound editor and mixer. Chris was instrumental in the design and construction of Britian's first accredited Dolby Premier mixing theatre at 'Savalas' in Scotland. His film mixing credits include THE MAGDALLEN SISTERS, ASYLUM and VALHALLA RISING as well as NZ films WHEN A CITY FALLS, THE LAST OCEAN and WHITE LIES. [Read More]
Steve Finnigan
Steve Finnigan Steve Finnigan is co-owner and Head of Sound at Images & Sound. His credits as Supervising Sound Editor and ADR recordist are extensive in both film and television, including OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE, GO GIRLS, KAITANGATA TWITCH and feature films MY WEDDING AND OTHER SECRETS, SIONES 2, INSATIABLE MOON and WHITE LIES. [Read More]
Oscar Kightley
Oscar Kightley Oscar is a critically acclaimed writer, actor, director and TV presenter renowned for his comedy work such as BRO’ TOWN and the NAKED SAMOANS. He featured in TV3 series RADIRADIRAH, feature film SIONE’S WEDDING, which he wrote with James Griffin, and was the director on Series 2 of SUPER CITY. His most recent role is the lead in TV3's HARRY. [Read More]
Steven O'Meagher
Steven O'Meagher Steven is the Founder and Managing Director of Desert Road, an award-winning film, drama and documentary production company. In 2006 they produced feature film OUT OF THE BLUE (dir. Rob Sarkies), and co-produced television series THIS IS NOT MY LIFE for TVNZ in 2009. Their latest series HARRY (Oscar Kightly, Sam Neill) debuted on TV3 in 2013. [Read More]
Chris Dudman
Chris Dudman Chris is a highly accomplished and respected writer and director. He has gone on to work extensively in film, television and advertising, and has received numerous awards for his work. He currently has two feature film projects in development and also wrote and directed TV drama series HARRY (Oscar Kightley, Sam Neill) in 2012. The series aired on TV3 in 2013. [Read More]
Neil Grimstone
Neil Grimstone Neil Grimstone, the Auckland Branch Manager of leading New Zealand security company, Matrix Security Group, was a highly regarded and controversial South Auckland detective who was famous for never having an unsolved case in 28 years. Now resigned, he recently worked as a consultant for Desert Road during the development of television series HARRY. [Read More]
Andrew Cornwell
Andrew Cornwell Andrew Cornwell is General Manager of Sony Pictures in New Zealand. He has been in cinema and home entertainment distribution for over twenty years. Andrew has been involved in the distribution of a number of NZ films including MT ZION, BILLY T: TE MOVIE, SIONE'S WEDDING, SIONE'S 2: UNFINISHED BUSINESS and ONCE WERE WARRIORS. [Read More]

Panellists and Moderators

Ian Hassall
Ian Hassall Dr Ian Hassall is a paediatrician and children's advocate who has campaigned for children's health, safety and rights.As NZ's first Commissioner for children he introduced provisions of the Children Young Persons and Their Families Act 1989. He is currently involved with a number of organisations including The Institute of Public Policy and the New Zealand Children's Screen Trust. [Read More]
Tom Hern
Tom Hern Tom Hern is a creative producer who has co-founded the production companies Six String Pictures and Four Knights Film Ltd. He has produced a number of films including I’M NOT HARRY JENSON and the award winning short film LAMBS. He currently has two features, EVERYTHING WE LOVED and GENESIS, in production. [Read More]
Fergus Barrowman
Fergus Barrowman Fergus Barrowman is well renowned as the Publisher of Victoria University Press. His work includes Eleanor Catton’s THE LUMINARIES, which has been long listed for the 2013 Man Booker Prize. He founded and edits the literary magazine SPORT. Fergus has been involved with VUW creative writing programme for 30 years. [Read More]
Yvonne Mackay
Yvonne Mackay Following her start in 1974, Yvonne Mackay emerged as one of Television New Zealand’s most prolific directors. She then went on to co-found The Gibson Group and later her own production company, ProductionShed.TV. Her recent credits include THE INSIDERS GUIDE TO LOVE, THE INSIDERS GUIDE TO HAPPINESS and the several documentaries. [Read More]
Lisa Chatfield
Lisa Chatfield Lisa is the Short Film Manager at the NZFC. She manages all aspects of NZ shorts and works closely with short filmmakers. Her role encompasses career development, festival strategy, sales, marketing and promotion of short films in NZ and internationally. Lisa’s background in the film and TV industry is as a producer of short films, TVC’s and feature films. [Read More]
Ruth Zanker
Ruth Zanker Dr. Ruth Zanker teaches and researches at the NZ Broadcasting School, CPIT Christchurch. She was the founding chair of the Children’s Television Foundation, a group that was instrumental in ensuring funding for local children’s television after deregulation of the industry in the late 1980s. Her recent publications focus on young people's media use and local provision. [Read More]
Graham Dunster
Graham Dunster Graham has been an actors agent with Auckland Actors since its conception in 1989. He has had the opportunity to work with innumerable talented individuals across the industry and to represent many actors and actresses including Lucy Lawless, Erik Thomson, Keisha Castle-Hughes and Antony Starr. [Read More]
Rob Sarkies
Rob Sarkies Robert Sarkies is a Wellington based filmmaker who made his first film when he was 10. By his early 20s his shorts were winning accolades at international festivals. He has co-written and directed three NZ features: SCARFIES, OUT OF THE BLUE and TWO LITTLE BOYS. Both SCARFIES and OUT OF THE BLUE earned 1.2 million at the NZ box office [Read More]
Mika X
Mika X Mika is an artist, television & film producer and mentor. He is the founder and executive director and founder of the Mika Haka Foundation. His film credits include THE PIANO, THE BAR and AHI ATAAHUA, and has also worked on Auckland Museum's ORCHIDS AND ROSES, eight TV series, docos, 20+ music videos & installations. Mika is the current chair of Ngā Aho Whakaari. [Read More]
Debra Millar
Debra Millar Debra is the General Manager of Publishing with Penguin NZ. Having spent more than 25 years working in senior roles in NZ’s magazine publishing industry, Debra made the move to books in 2009. She joined Penguin in late 2010, where she is responsible for the company’s NZ fiction, children’s and non-fiction title lists. [Read More]
Robyn Bargh
Robyn Bargh Robyn Bargh founded Huia Publishers in 1991 with a vision of increasing the Māori voice in New Zealand literature. Huia has since published the work of Māori writers including numerous novels, short story collections, non-fiction, and books in Māori language. The Huia vision has recently been broadened to include Pacific writers, including Albert Wendt and Karlo Mila. [Read More]
Imogen Johnson
Imogen Johnson Imogen Johnson has worked in the film & television and PR industries for over twenty years. She is owner and senior agent at Johnson & Laird Management who represent many of the country’s best actors, presenters, MC’s/Entertainers & voices including Danielle Cormack, Robyn Malcolm, Melanie Lynskey, Robbie Magasiva, Sara Wiseman, Alan Dale and Karl Urban. [Read More]
Rachel House
Rachel House Rachel House is an actor and director across film, TV and theatre. She has starred in many NZ screen productions including WHALE RIDER, EAGLE VERSUS SHARK, SUPER CITY and BOY and has won numerous Chapmann Tripp Theatre Awards. She most recently starred in WHITE LIES (2013) and Gaylene Preston's HOPE AND WIRE (to be screened in 2014). [Read More]
Sue May
Sue May Sue May is a publicist specialising in film, working as both unit publicist and release publicist. Her most recent project was the release of UTU REDUX in the NZIFF, and the publicity for MT ZION. She manages publicity for all films released in NZ by 20th Century Fox, including LIFE OF PI, BLACK SWAN and currently STOKER. [Read More]
Curtis Vowell
Curtis Vowell Curtis has had a diverse career; working as a director, assistant director and in production as well as being an actor and casting director. Curtis has just completed his debut feature film FANTAIL which was funded through the New Zealand Film Commission’s Escalator initiative and premiered at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival. [Read More]
Matthew Horrocks
Matthew Horrocks Matthew Horrocks has worked in film and television production for over fifteen years. His began his career directing for TV3’s Ice TV and producing documentaries and short films in Auckland. He has produced and executive produced seven short films. As a producer his current feature film projects include THE LAST SAINT and BEYOND THE KNOWN WORLD. [Read More]
Briar Grace-Smith
Briar Grace-Smith Briar Grace-Smith is of Ngā Puhi descent and has lent her writing and acting talents to the screen, page and stage. She has been a writer on various TV series including BEING EVE, MATAKU and KAITANGATA TWITCH, and wrote TV play FISH SKIN-SUIT. Her feature film THE STRENGTH OF WATER won a NZ Scriptwriters Award for Best Feature Film Script in 2010. [Read More]
GAYLENE PRESTON
GAYLENE PRESTON Gaylene Preston has been an instrumental figure in the development of New Zealand’s filmmaking community. Her career has spanned three decades and has seen her award-winning work screen in many international festivals. Gaylene is currently working on HOPE AND WIRE, a six-part television drama. [Read More]
Tim Brooke-Hunt
Tim Brooke-Hunt Tim Brooke-Hunt is currently the controller of children’s content at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Prior to his appointment, he worked extensively in the film and television industry in the financing and production of animation for film and TV. He departs ABC in September this year to pursue new opportunities in children’s entertainment. [Read More]
Robyn Malcolm
Robyn Malcolm Robyn Malcolm is one of NZ's most respected and iconic actors in TV. Entering into the hearts of NZers as Ellen Crozier on SHORTLAND STREET, she went on to make a lasting impression as iconic lead Cheryl West in the long-running series OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE. In 2013 she has starred in her new series AGENT ANNA, and also in Campion's TOP OF THE LAKE. [Read More]
Zoe McIntosh
Zoe McIntosh Zoe majored in film theory and practical film at Canterbury University’s School of Fine Arts. She is known for successful short film DAY TRIP (2010) and her doco LOST IN WONDERLAND (2010) which won the Qantas award for Best Popular Documentary. Her new films THE DEADLY PONIES GANG and KING OF CARAVANS are both premiering at this year's NZIFF. [Read More]
Tim Van Dammen
Tim Van Dammen As one of NZ’s most successful music video directors, Tim Van Dammen has produced and directed over 140 music videos to date. He has recently adapted 38 songs adapted from Shakespeare’s ROMEO AND JULIET into a feature film. The film now titled ROMEO AND JULIET: A LOVE SONG has its world premiere at the NZIFF 2013. [Read More]
Russell Brown
Russell Brown Russell Brown is a well-known NZ media commentator, and is a busy and eclectic journalist, broadcaster and blogger. Russell writes and talks about media, music, culture, business and technology, and has recently served on the Digital Media Trust, as well as the host of TV3's Media3 show and the publisher of the respected group blog site Public Address. [Read More]
Graeme Mason
Graeme Mason Graeme has been CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission since 2009. He has had an extensive international career in the film industry and the wider multi-media environment, including being Senior Vice President at Pollygram Filmed Entertainment, President of Acquisitions at Universal Pictures and Head of Media at the UK's Channel 4 Corporation. [Read More]
Harriet Allan
Harriet Allan For the last two decades, Harriet has published many award-winning and best-selling books as a fiction publisher. She is a jack of all trades, covering editorial tasks for a wide range of titles, while officially working as an editor, and managing editor for Century Hutchinson. Harriet has also commissioned a wide range of fiction, non-fiction, adult and children’s titles. [Read More]
Kelly Rogers
Kelly Rogers Kelly Rogers is a specialised film distributor who has had over 20 years of experience in the business and was a founding investor and former CEO of Rialto Cinemas. He has distributed a vast number of successful titles, including the highly successful Swedish language MILLENIUM TRILOGY. Currently on his slate are GISELLE and BEYOND THE EDGE. [Read More]
John Barnett
John Barnett John Barnett is the Chairman of South Pacific pictures, NZ’s leading film and TV producer. South Pacific Picture has been integral in the making of many TV favourites including OUTRAGEOUS FORTUNE and SHORTLAND STREET. Their dedication to New Zealand stories has also seen them bring to life WHALE RIDER and WHITE LIES on the big screen. [Read More]
Tina Cleary
Tina Cleary Tina is a NZ based casting director and actor who has been working in the film & TV industry for 18 years. She founded the The Casting Company with co Director Miranda Rivers in 1999. Her most inspiring projects to date are Jane Campion's TOP OF THE LAKE for which she has received an Emmy nomination, and box office hit BOY by Taika Waititi & Ainsley Gardiner. [Read More]