Join us 3-4 October 2019 in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand for The Power of Inclusion summit and be part of the vital global conversation around representation, belonging and inclusion in today’s screen, entertainment and technology landscape.

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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
government.

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
storytelling.

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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ABOUT THE SUMMIT

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 including case studies, panels, conversations and keynotes on pertinent issues in the inclusion and representation space: bringing people together, presenting a myriad of world views, 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.

The programme includes keynotes from Yara Shahidi, along with Heather Rae who also works to foster accurate and authentic representation of Native and Indigenous people. Panels will span history makers discussing what’s next to achieve true representation in front of and behind the camera and acclaimed indigenous practitioners sharing their stories of reclaiming cultural power through the lens. ‘In conversations with’ sessions include acclaimed creators Niki Caro (WHALE RIDER, THE ZOOKEEPERS WIFE, MULAN), Philippa Boyens (THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY, KING KONG, LOVELY BONES) and Steven Canals (POSE).

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 scenery and a competitive incentives scheme.

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