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    8:00AM - 9:00AM | REGISTRATION FROM 8AM

    RĒHITA MAI I TE 8AM
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Foyer

    Collect your lanyards from the registration desk in the main foyer between 8.00 and 8:55am. If you arrive after 9:00am registration will move to the ASB Theatre information desk.

    9:00AM – 10:10AM | PŌWHIRI followed by Morning Tea

    PŌWHIRI ME TE KAPU TĪ
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Foyer
    EVENT MC: Paula Penfold

    10:10am - 11:10am | OPENING KEYNOTE ADDRESSES: TRANSFORMING CULTURE

    KAUHAU MATUA HEI WĀHI I TE KAUPAPA – NGĀ PANONITANGA AHUREA
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Auditorium
    PRESENTED BY: Te Māngai Pāho

    Five storytellers Sebastián Lelio (A Fantastic Woman), Leanne Pooley (We Need to Talk About A.I.), Maru Nihoniho (Metia Interactive), Cole Meyers (Rūrangi), Emma Slade (SWAG) and microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles deliver mini keynote addresses based on our theme Transforming Culture. They will present their ideas on the transformative power of story and the transformation the screen sector is currently experiencing, each from their own unique point of view and relevant to their recent work.

    11:20am - 12:30pm | Masterclass with Sebastián Lelio: Filmmaker and Spectator

    AKORANGA MATUA ME SEBASTIÁN LELIO: KAIHANGA KIRIATA, KAIMĀTAI HOKI
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Auditorium
    PRESENTED BY: Images and Sound

    Sebastián Lelio gives a masterclass on the film experience, conceived as a two-way dialogue between filmmaker and spectator. A film does not exist in the void, it comes life when perceived by another living creature. It can offer new perspectives, transmit emotions and throw new light on what is observed. Narrative choices can be political acts. The filmmaker's crisis is the line between offering possibilities and pushing a message. Films should pose questions rather than give answers. Sebastián will use examples from his Academy Award-winning feature film A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica) to demonstrate ways a filmmaker can offer opportunities to a spectator to reframe how they see the world.

    12:30pm - 1:30pm | Lunch

    TE WĀ O TE TINA
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Foyer

    Optional lunchtime Meet & Greet with NZFC - Ka wātea ki te tūtakitaki haere ki ngā kaimahi i Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga . Here's an opportunity to meet the faces behind NZFC's Talent Development and Rautaki Māori Teams. Head up to the Villa Maria Room on Level 3 - but don't forget to have lunch which is served in the foyer. Dale Corlett (Head of Talent Development), Ange Senior (Talent Development Executive), Nia Phipps (Talent Development Capacity Funding Coordinator) Karen Waaka-Tibble (Rautaki Maori Pouwhakahaere) and Chantelle Watts (Rautaki Māori Co-Ordinator), Lloyd Meiklejohn (Investment Executive), Christina Andreef (Development Executive) and Chris Payne (Head of International Relations).

    1:30pm - 2:30pm | Masterclass with Arielle Kilker: Storytelling for the Docuseries Format

    AKORANGA MATUA ME ARIELLE KILKER: HE TUKU PAKIWAITARA MŌ NGĀ TERENGA PAKIPŪMEKA
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Auditorium
    SPEAKERS: Arielle Kilker
    PRESENTED BY: US Embassy

    Hear from producer, director, editor Arielle Kilker (Cheer, Last Chance U, Chef's Table) via live stream as she delves into what it means to ‘write’ for a documentary series. Arielle will cover finding the story across the series format including the external narrative, individual conflict, and overall theme; how to keep the heart of a character’s backstory in the present tense; simplifying story for efficiency and dramatic impact while still honouring truth and integrity. She will also talk about effectively utilising cinema verité in combination with montage, and the different effects each strategy produces. Introduction by Cass Avery.

    1:30pm - 2:30pm | The Screen Industry’s COVID brain gain

    TĀ TE RŌPŪ WHAKAATA O AOTEAROA - “MATE KARAUNA WHIWHINGA Ā HINENGARO”
    ROOM: The Workshop, GridAKL
    MODERATOR: Gemma Gracewood

    The pandemic has provided a unique “returning home” event which has never been seen before. This session looks at what our local industry can gain from screen professionals returning to Aotearoa due to the Covid pandemic. Those returning come with insights and experiences that can provide new perspectives on advancing our screen sector businesses and help our stories reach more international audiences. Hear from Rosie Carnahan-Darby (comedy producer, wife-ager, and agent at Karen Kay Management), Australian writer/director Gregor Jordan (Ned Kelly, Buffalo Soldiers, Two Hands) who has been resident in LA, and Polly Fryer working as an Executive in Nonfiction at Netflix from her home in Auckland. Each panellist is in New Zealand as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Moderated by Gemma Gracewood.

    10 MIN TRANSITION - CHOOSE FROM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING

    TEKAU MENETI MŌ TE WHAKAWHITIWHITI – ME WHIRIWHIRI I TĒTAHI O ĒNEI
    2:40pm - 3:50pm | Writing Masterclass with Sophie Henderson: Thick and Thin Skin

    HE AKORANGA MĀTANGA – HE TUHITUHI KOUNGA ME SOPHIE HENDERSON: ‘HE KIRI MĀTOTORU, KIRI PĪRAHIRAHI RĀNEI’
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Auditorium
    PRESENTED BY: Department of Post

    Sophie Henderson is a New Zealand screenwriter who has had three of her feature films produced - Fantail (2014), Baby Done (2020) and The Justice of Bunny King (2021). In this masterclass she will delve into the emotional high stakes of screenwriting for both writer and character. You will learn about building a story with empathy to connect with an audience, fighting for authenticity over likeability, and putting your whole self into your script. Sophie believes in embracing both good and evil notes and that crying into your laptop is pretty normal. Introduction by Lucy Wigmore.

    2:40pm - 3:50pm | PANEL DISCUSSION: INDIGENISING THE WORKFLOW

    HE WHAKAWHITI KŌRERO PAEWHIRI: HE WHAKAMĀORI I NGĀ ĀHUATANGA MAHI
    ROOM: The Workshop, GridAKL
    MODERATOR: Kay Ellmers

    Weaving Tīkanga Through Development, Production And Distribution - He Tuitui Hoki I Te Tikanga Mā Roto I Ngā Whakawhanaketanga, Whakaputanga Mahi Me Ōna Tukunga

    In this session, three experienced screen practitioners explore ideas and methods for Tīkanga Māori to be incorporated into the creation of screen work; from the development of the idea, through to funding, production, distribution and audience engagement. They will share their own transformative experiences in recent mahi, and will discuss future ways to tell stories for the screen with Tīkanga led values and processes. Moderated by Kay Ellmers.

    2:40pm - 3:50pm | CONTENT COMMISSIONING: FX NETWORKS AND NETFLIX (NONFICTION)

    ROOM: Villa Maria Gallery, Level 3, ASB Waterfront Theatre

    This is a pre-recorded session. Jonathan Frank (Senior Vice President Current Programming, FX Networks) talks to producer Helen Bowden about what FX looks for in projects they commission. FX Networks is a platform known for its fearless, bold programming with original series including What We Do In The Shadows, Pose, American Horror Story, Mrs. America and Mr Inbetween. Then Nathaniel Grouille (Director Nonfiction Series, Netflix) talks to Polly Fryer about how content gets commissioned and made at Netflix. This session gives you a behind-the-scenes look at Netflix and you will leave with a much better understanding of how a producer might engage with this SVOD regardless of the content you are making. The pre-recorded interviews will not be played outside the Big Screen Symposium. Polly will be there in person to answer some questions. This session has limited capacity - presented on a first-come, first-served basis.

    3:50pm - 4:20pm | Afternoon Tea

    KAPU TĪ I TE AHIAHI
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Foyer
    4:20pm - 5:20pm | SNEAK PREVIEWS

    HE MĀTAI WHAKAMUA
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Auditorium
    PRESENTED BY: Vista Foundation

    The directors of five soon to be released feature films share a never-before-seen clip from their film and talk about what drove them to make it. Briar Grace-Smith and Ainsley Gardiner with Cousins, Matthew Saville with Juniper, Linda Niccol with Poppy, Florian Habicht with James & Isey and Roseanne Liang with Shadow in the Cloud. Strictly no photographs or audio-visual recordings are to be taken during this session.

    5:30pm - 8:00pm: Networking Drinks at Fish Entertainment

    HE INUINU WHAKAHONOHONO KI FISH ENTERTAINMENT
    ROOM: Fish Entertainment, 230 Studio, 230 Ponsonby Rd
    PRESENTED BY: Fish Entertainment

    Fish Entertainment, the long-form division of Flying Fish hosts our 2020 Big Screen Symposium Networking Drinks. BSS Ticket holders head along to Studio 230, 230 Ponsonby Road, Auckland to celebrate and socialise with your fellow filmmakers.

    9:00AM - 9:30AM | $50M Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund

    $50 MIRIONA TĀRA WHAKAPUTANGA TERENGA MŌ TĒTAHI WHAKAMINENGA MĀTOTORU HURI I TE AO
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Auditorium
    MODERATOR: Emma Slade

    In the wake of Covid-19, the Government announced a screen sector recovery package. This package includes a Screen Production Fund of $50m to support the production of high-quality feature films or series dramas that tell strong Aotearoa New Zealand stories with international appeal. This session will deliver the most up to date information about what is now known as the Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund. It is jointly administered between the NZFC and NZ On Air, and is developed in partnership with Te Māngai Pāho.

    9:35AM - 10:20AM | NZ On Air Address

    HE KAUHAU NĀ ‘IRIRANGI TE MOTU’
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Auditorium
    MODERATOR: Kay Ellmers

    NZ On Air will outline the challenges, ideas and opportunities ahead as we all try to put 2020 behind us. How do we get local content in front of fragmenting audiences and young New Zealanders in particular? How do we achieve authenticity for diverse audiences? If there’s a year to transform culture, it is 2021.

    10:20AM - 10:50AM | MORNING TEA

    KAPU TĪ
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Foyer
    10:50AM - 12:00PM | In conversation with FINOLA DWYER: ON MAKING BROOKLYN

    HE WHAKAWHITIWHITI KŌRERO ME FINOLA DWYER – HE WAIHANGA I TANA KAUPAPA BROOKLYN
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Auditorium
    SPEAKERS: Finola Dwyer
    MODERATOR: Carthew Neal

    Two-time Academy Award-nominated producer Finola Dwyer (Brooklyn, An Education) shares her approach to filmmaking using Brooklyn (dir. John Crowley) as a case study. In this conversation, moderated by Academy Award-nominated producer Carthew Neal (Jojo Rabbit), Finola will talk about the response to challenges thrown up during production that ultimately achieved this ambitious film.

    10:50AM - 12:00PM | PANEL DISCUSSION: THE RISE OF THE ACTOR-WRITER

    HE WHAKAWHITI KŌRERO PAEWHITI: TE EKENGA O TE KAIWHAKAARI ME TE KAITUHI
    ROOM: The Workshop, GridAKL
    MODERATOR: Jonny Brugh

    Writers dream up characters for actors to bring to life. Actors know what makes a good screenplay. So when an actor puts themselves in the screenwriting chair, their unfair advantage is that they will write scripts for actors to fall in love with. Whether they are creating work for themselves or just want to be the boss of the story world, they have a deep understanding of character and bring unique skills and experience to the writing process. And for writers who play the lead role, their connection to the character and reason for writing them can give a depth and specificity to a performance that has the potential for magic. Actor-writers Sophie Henderson (Baby Done, Fantail) and Hanelle Harris (Sis, Baby Mama’s Club) along with filmmaker turned actor David White (This Town, Meat) discuss with moderator Jonny Brugh (Educators) how story and character can be developed and deepened through thinking like an actor and what the disciplines of writing and acting lend each other.

    10:50AM - 12:00PM | CONTENT COMMISSIONING: FX NETWORKS AND NETFLIX (NONFICTION)

    ROOM: Villa Maria Gallery (Level 3, Waterfront Theatre)

    This is a pre-recorded session. Jonathan Frank (Senior Vice President Current Programming, FX Networks) talks to producer Helen Bowden about what FX looks for in projects they commission. FX Networks is a platform known for its fearless, bold programming with original series including What We Do In The Shadows, Pose, American Horror Story, Mrs. America and Mr Inbetween. Then Nathaniel Grouille (Director Nonfiction Series, Netflix) talks to Polly Fryer about how content gets commissioned and made at Netflix. This session gives you a behind-the-scenes look at Netflix and you will leave with a much better understanding of how a producer might engage with this SVOD regardless of the content you are making. The pre-recorded interviews will not be played outside the Big Screen Symposium. Polly will be there in person to answer some questions. This session has limited capacity - presented on a first-come, first-served basis.

    10 MIN TRANSITION

    TEKAU MENETI MŌ TE WHAKAWHITIWHITI
    12:10PM - 12:55PM | New Zealand Film Commission Address

    HE KAUHAU NĀ 'TE TUMU WHAKAATA TAONGA’
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Auditorium

    Annabelle Sheehan, CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission along with Karen Te O Kahurangi Waaka-Tibble, Pou Whakahaere, Dale Corlett, Head of Talent Development and Chris Payne, Head of International Relations will explore this year’s BSS theme of Transforming Culture as it relates to existing and upcoming programs at NZFC. Key issues such as the impact of COVID-19 and the outlook for the NZ and global industry will also be explored along with a celebration of the sector’s  creative and economic achievements in the past year.

    12:55pm - 1:55pm | Lunch

    TE WĀ O TE TINA
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Foyer

    Optional lunchtime Meet & Greet with NZ On Air - Ka wātea ki te tūtakitaki haere ki ngā kaimahi i Irirangi te Motu. Here's an opportunity to meet the faces behind NZ On Air. Head up to the Villa Maria Room on Level 3 - but don't forget to have lunch which is served in the foyer. Cameron Harland (Chief Executive), Amie Mills (Head of Funding), Glenn Usmar (Associate Head of Funding -Applications), Benedict Reid (Associate Head of Funding - Business Affairs), Yvette Waikari (Funding Advisor), Heperi Mita (Funding Advisor), Steven Gannaway (Funding Analyst), Conall Aird (Business Affairs Assistant), Sophie Howard (Comms/Publicity Advisor).

    1:55PM - 3:05PM | Case Study with Sam Kelly and Vicky Pope: SAVAGE

    HE TĀTARI KAUPAPA ME SAM KELLY RĀUA KO VICKY POPE: SAVAGE
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Auditorium

    In this case study, Savage director Sam Kelly and producer Vicky Pope will share what they learned from the unforeseen pitfalls and breakthroughs of an ambitious project.

    1:55PM - 3:05PM | In Conversation with Scott Ryan: MR INBETWEEN

    HE WHAKAWHITINGA KŌRERO ME SCOTT RYAN: MR INBETWEEN
    ROOM: The Workshop, GridAKL
    SPEAKERS: Scott Ryan
    MODERATOR: Dominic Corry

    Scott Ryan, creator, writer and star of the exceptional drama series Mr Inbetween, joins BSS for a live streamed conversation. FX has renewed this crime drama for a third season which is currently in production. Scott is the sole writer and Nash Edgerton is the sole director across the seasons. Mr Inbetween is based the 2005 feature film The Magician, which was also written by and stars Scott Ryan.

    10 min Transition

    TEKAU MENETI MŌ TE WHAKAWHITIWHITI
    3:15PM - 4:15PM | In conversation with André Nemec: COWBOY BEBOP

    HE WHAKAWHITINGA KŌRERO ME ANDRÉ NEMEC: COWBOY BEBOP
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Auditorium
    SPEAKERS: André Nemec
    MODERATOR: Karin Williams
    PRESENTED BY: Screen Auckland

    André Nemec, showrunner and an EP on the Netflix series Cowboy Bebop closes the symposium with an In Conversation session about his career and the projects he has worked on. André has written and produced a broad range of film and TV projects - most recently an EP on 2020 series High Fidelity and writer/producer of animation film Wonder Park. André also wrote and produced feature films Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

    4:15PM - 4:30PM | Closing Remarks

    KŌRERO WHAKAKAPI
    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Auditorium
    4:30PM - 5:30PM | Cash bar open in foyer

    ROOM: ASB Waterfront Theatre Foyer

    Te Reo Translations thanks to Matai Smith.
    Sli.do Event Code: BigScreen2020

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