Editorial: September 2016


It’s a busy time for the country’s screen industries, or at least for those in the industries who like to get out and about to spend time with friends and colleagues.

Earlier in the month, the Game Developers had their annual conference. In five years, it’s grown from its inaugural one-day event into the largest screen industries conference in NZ. Over 500 ticket-holders took to AUT over a couple of days to make decisions about which sessions of five streams they wanted to attend.

We report on a couple of sessions that, in different ways, provided some perspective on the industry.

The more modest (and alcohol-fuelled) writers’ awards event, SWANZ, ran last week, closely followed by the Big Screen Symposium over the weekend. Two new awards events run out next month, courtesy of the Cinematographers Society and Nga Aho Whakaari. The winners from this year’s Show Me Shorts and HP48Hours will also soon be found.

In this issue we catch up with three Big Screen Symposium presenters, whose
words of wit and wisdom you can enjoy.

Also, we’ve pubished our annual tertiary education supplement into this month’s issue. Check out what’s on offer for students in 2017 – and feel free to share it around with anyone you think it might be useful to.

In the PDF and issuu editions, the supplement follows on from this month’s Crewed content. Online, you can find it here.


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Written by Keith Barclay

Keith is the editor of SCREENZ, and the co-creator and founding editor of CREWED.