A new wave of speakers added to The Power Of Inclusion

Posted Wednesday 07 Aug 2019


Exciting news from the New Zealand Film Commission! The Power of Inclusion summit has added more inspiring speakers to its line-up. The summit will take place in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand on 3-4 October 2019, and include an extra day for WIFT members on 2 October. The three-day programme will feature over 35 speakers from around the world, and include case studies, panels, conversations and keynotes.

Joining the summit are:
Tilane Jones, who leads Ava DuVernay's grass-roots film distribution collective ARRAY as Vice President, having worked with DuVernay for over ten years and earning film credits that include Oscar nominated and four-time Emmy winner 13TH and the Oscar-nominated Selma.

Magda Szubanski AO is a celebrated actor, producer and best-selling author, and was 'The Most Talked About Person' in 2017 for her crucial role in advocating for marriage equality in Australia.

Osnat Shurer is the Academy Award�-nominated Producer of Moana who created the film's Oceanic Story Trust, a team of Pasifika and M?ori consultants and collaborators on the film, and previously lead Pixar Animation Studios short film group.

Kirsten Schaffer is Executive Director of Women in Film, Los Angeles and has been instrumental in the launching of industry game changer ReFrame, an initiative to advance inclusivity and gender equity.

Benjamin Law is an Australian journalist, columnist and screenwriter, who adapted his book The Family Law into a critically acclaimed and award-winning comedy series.

Madeleine Sami is an accomplished actor, writer and director having done all three for the hit film The Breaker Upperers with Jackie van Beek, and has starred in the feature What We Do In The Shadows and created critically acclaimed TV series Super City.

Kerry Warkia (Papua New Guinean Tolai/Scottish) is a producer who has been at the forefront of some of New Zealand's most innovative content for film, television and web, including ground-breaking feature films Waru and Vai.

Kiel McNaughton (M?ori Ng?ti M?hanga/Chinese/P?keh?) is a director and producer of diverse and innovative narrative content, including ground-breaking feature films Waru and Vai which he produced.

Alice Snedden is a writer, comedian and improvisor with a string of top New Zealand TV credits to her name and one half of the popular podcast, Boners of the Heart.

The Power of Inclusion summit will bring people together, presenting a myriad world views and positing future action to create a more inclusive industry and world; all enveloped in the special environment that Aotearoa New Zealand and its peoples have to offer.

Other previously announced speakers include Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, director Niki Caro (The Whale Rider, Mulan) MACRO founder & CEO Charles D. King, The Black List founder Franklin Leonard and leading expert on social change in media, Dr. Stacy L. Smith, and the summit is supported by Geena Davis and the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media.