Join us on October 3-4 in Aotearoa, New Zealand for The Power of Inclusion; a global summit where 60+ international and local voices will share their stories, experiences and expertise to generate momentum for a future where representation and inclusion are the new industry standards.

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Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern is the 40th and current Prime Minister of New Zealand and the
world's youngest
female head of

The power of inclusion: Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

Steven Canals

Steven Canals is the creator, executive producer, writer and director of the history making Emmy and Golden Globe nominated and Peabody Award winning series POSE,
which has the largest
cast of transgender
actors in TV history
and is acclaimed for
its representational

The power of inclusion: Steven Canals

Niki Caro

Niki Caro is a multi award-winning New Zealand film director and screenwriter whose credits include THE ZOOKEEPERS WIFE, NORTH COUNTRY, WHALE RIDER and upcoming MULAN.

The power of inclusion: Niki Caro

Geena Davis

Academy Award® winner Geena Davis (THELMA&LOUISE) is the Founder and Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, the leading research based organisation working in entertainment and media to
achieve gender parity
in film and TV.

The power of inclusion: Geena Davis

Tilane Jones

Tilane Jones leads Ava DuVernay’s grass-roots film collective ARRAY as President, having worked with DuVernay for over ten years and earning film credits that include Oscar nominated and four-time
Emmy winner 13TH and
Oscar nominated SELMA.

The power of inclusion: Tilane Jones

Franklin Leonard

Franklin Leonard is an American film executive and producer of The Black List, a yearly publication featuring Hollywood’s most popular unproduced screenplays.

The power of inclusion: Franklin Leonard

Heperi Mita

Heperi Mita is director of the acclaimed documentary MERATA: HOW MUM DECOLONISED THE SCREEN, an intimate portrait of New Zealand filmmaking icon,
international champion
of indigenous cinema
and his mother,
Merata Mita.

The power of inclusion: Heperi Mita

Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi is an actress and activist, best known for her breakout role in the TV series BLACK-ISH and the spinoff GROWN-ISH, while empowering a generation of activism
through her advocacy
with Eighteen X 18
and Yara's Club.

The power of inclusion: Yara Shahidi

Dr. Stacy L. Smith

Dr. Stacy L. Smith is the Founder and Director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at the Annenberg School for Communication
& Journalism at the
University of
Southern California.

The power of inclusion: Dr. Stacy L. Smith

Magda Szubanski

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.

The power of inclusion: Magda Szubanski
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Hosted by the New Zealand Film Commission and Women in Film and Television International, with support from The Walt Disney Studios, The Power of Inclusion presents a 2-day programme which includes case studies, panels, conversations and keynotes on pertinent issues in the inclusion and representation space.

This summit will bring hundreds of like-minded people together, present a myriad of world views and posit future action to create a more inclusive industry and world. The line-up features 60+ international and local speakers, including Academy Award winner Geena Davis, POSE creator Steven Canals, director and writer Niki Caro, actress and equality advocate Magda Szubanski and US actress and activist Yara Shahidi.

This global event is enveloped in the unique and extraordinary environment that Aotearoa New Zealand and its peoples have to offer, and the conversations that will take place at The Power of Inclusion will catalyse the future of screen.

Aotearoa New Zealand is a land of rich stories and unrivalled beauty. Discover what our corner of the world has to offer.

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Aotearoa New Zealand is also home to award-winning creatives and crew, experienced cast, a variety of infrastructure, stunning locations and a competitive incentives scheme.

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