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Script to Screen and janda productions are thrilled to announce the Big Screen Symposium has been rescheduled to 9 – 10 October at the ASB Waterfront Theatre in Auckland.

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a hugely disruptive impact on both our local and the international screen industry and the global economic implications will reverberate for some time to come.

Therefore, with support from our wonderful sponsors, we are pleased to be able to offer a discount on tickets for the rescheduled Big Screen Symposium 2020.

All previously purchased tickets are valid for the new dates.  For ticket holders who purchased a Full Price ticket between 31 January and 16 March, a refund for the difference in ticket price is possible up to 17 July.  Any requests submitted after this date are unable to be processed. If ticket holders are not able to attend the rescheduled dates please contact iTICKET with your ticket order number to request a refund at or phone 0508 iTICKET (0508 484 253).

The theme for the Big Screen Symposium 2020 is Transforming Culture.  It is about the transformative power of story, and the transformation of the screen industry through technological advances.

Culture informs our stories, they are made up of the meanings and emotions we connect to them.  Rapid change in technology transforms our methods, formats, and ability to connect with audiences, and requires adaptability and versatility to harness the possibilities.

Technology allowed us to adapt and move forward during the pandemic, keeping us connected, informed, educated and entertained.

Technology will also allow Academy Award winning Sebastián Lelio to deliver his masterclass from Santiago to the Big Screen Symposium Auckland based audience.

Lelio’s feature films Gloria, Disobedience, A Fantastic Woman and Gloria Bell (starring Julianne Moore and John Turturro) have all received critical acclaim, with A Fantastic Woman winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2017.

More speakers will be announced as we lead up to the event.  Local filmmakers will be well represented alongside our international guests.


The Big Screen Symposium takes place 9 – 10 October 2020 in Auckland at the ASB Waterfront Theatre and is presented by Script to Screen and janda productions.