Christchurch screen industry: get in on the game development action!

Christchurch screen industry: get in on the game development action!

Posted Thursday 13 May 2021

Did you know that the revenue of the international gaming sector is larger than that of the movie and music sectors combined?
We're hearing a lot about the prevalence and success of video games – games that are extensions of films and make more $$ than the original film, games festivals where hundreds of people watch gamers compete, games your children use for school...

So where do screen workers fit into this microcosm?

Moderated by Aliesha Staples, managing director Staples VR, this workshop will give an overview of New Zealand’s gaming industry, what roles are available and where story fits into the equation. 

WIFT NZ, CHCH Game Developers Association and Screen CanterburyNZ bring you a fabulous panel of experts:

  • Samantha Cook, COO / Studio Director Artifact5 
  • Chelsea Rapp, Chair NZ Game Developers Association
  • Nadia Thorne, head of studio Black Salt Games
  • Mark Rickerby, independent narrative systems designer

FREE for WIFT & CHCH Game Developers Association Members; non-members $15 – drinks and nibbles included.

RSVP essential -

Date: Thursday 13 May, 2021

Time: 6pm for a 6:30pm start

Location: A4 Lecture Theatre, University Canterbury. Parking in Law carpark.



Date: Thursday 13 May 2021
Location: A4 Lecture Theatre, University of Canterbury, Upper Riccarton
Time: 6pm drinks for a 6.30pm sharp start


Upcoming events...

Wednesday 09 Feb 2022

NEW DATE! Demystifying LX for production

This event is back on after being postponed from October.

Are you in production and wanting to learn how lighting works? Do you want to understand what your gaffer, best wahine, LX assist and DOP are talking about? Do you want a better understanding of the LX whys and wheres and the production considerations for these?

No matter the size of your production, this is the workshop for you!

Come along to this event where you can ask WIFT NZ ally Zac Beckett-Knight (a grip and gaffer with Late Knight Productions) all your questions. 

Zac has been a technician in the Canterbury film industry for nearly a decade. Known as a 'Zac of all trades' and a total production solution, he’s worked in nearly every department. Recently he has specialised in LX and grip services in the region, working on commercials, corporate, drama and music videos that visit the region.

RSVP to, and please state your industry role. 

WIFTNZ members free, non-members $15 cash - includes a drink and nibbles.

When: 6-8pm, Wednesday 9 February, 2022

Where: Belmont Studio, 31 Southwark Street, Christchurch Central City

Programme is brought to you with generous support from the NZ Film Commission and Foundation North.