Following the announcements made by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern over the weekend, we have, regrettably, decided to postpone the Big Screen Symposium for now.

We will continue to take a watching brief on the national and regional response to COVID-19 (coronavirus) and we are hopeful we will be able to announce new dates for the 2020 Big Screen Symposium in the coming weeks.

This decision has been made because the safety and well-being of our speakers, delegates, sponsors, staff, and crew is paramount at this time. A new date will be set as soon as possible.

If you have already purchased tickets to Big Screen Symposium 2020, your ticket will still be valid for the new date (to be advised).

Ngā mihi,
Big Screen Symposium Team

Script to Screen and janda productions are thrilled to announce the BIG SCREEN SYMPOSIUM is returning to Auckland from April 3 – 4 at the ASB Waterfront Theatre.

Now in its 8th year, the Big Screen Symposium will once again present an inspiring and accomplished line-up of speakers to the New Zealand film and television community. This year’s programme is crafted around the theme of Transforming Culture and explores the transformative power of story and the transformation of the film industry through technological and sociological advances.

Leading the line-up of 2020 speakers is Academy Award-winning director Sebastián Lelio. Hailing from Chile, Lelio’s feature films Gloria, Disobedience (starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams), 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. At this year’s Big Screen Symposium, Lelio will deliver a directing masterclass, a short keynote address on the theme Transforming Culture and talk about his filmmaking journey in an In-Conversation session.

Joing Lelio on the line-up is the filmmaker behind Netflix smash hit Cheer, Arielle Kilker. Kilker recently developed, produced, co-directed and edited the awe-inspiring docuseries, Cheer. This six-part documentary unveils the demanding world of competitive cheerleading as it follows the elite cheerleaders of Texas based Navarro College preparing to defend their national title.

Cheer which premiered on Netflix in January, has received international acclaim with The Guardian describing it as “breathtaking, bone-crunching, nerve-racking magic”. The high stakes, high drama show pushes its young subjects to the limit in pursuit of excellence for the biggest moment of their lives. The inspiring youths of the series have become overnight celebrities making guest appearances on several high profile talk shows including Ellen. Arielle and Sebastián are joined by Aotearoa’s own Ant Timpson whose directorial debut Come To Daddy opened in NZ cinemas last week.

These speakers join a legacy of stellar filmmakers and speakers who have presented at the Big Screen Symposium since its inception in 2012. The event has seen both international and local talent take the stage to discuss craft and explore pertinent issues in the industry including; Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Hunt for the Wilderpeople), Anthony McCarten (Two Popes, Bohemian Rhapsody, The Theory of Everything), Jane Campion (The Piano, Top of the Lake), Warwick Thornton (Sweet Country, Samson & Delilah), Guillermo Arriaga (Babel, 21 Grams), John Landau (Avatar series, Titanic) and Neil Cross (Luther).

More speakers will be announced over the coming weeks with local filmmakers being well represented alongside our international guests. The Big Screen Symposium takes place 3 – 4 April 2020 in Auckland at the ASB Waterfront Theatre and is presented by Script to Screen and janda productions.

Further information:

The Big Screen Symposium 2020 is held at ASB Waterfront Theatre from April 3 – 4. Full price tickets are on now and available from www.bigscreensymposium.com

Full Price: $345
Industry Concession: $195
Student: $195

Full two-day programme
Friday: 8.00am – 5.00pm: morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea.
Saturday: 9.00am – 4.30pm: morning tea, lunch.




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