Women in Film and Television International is excited to be hosting the 2019 WIFTI summit in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand on 2 October as an adjunct to The Power of Inclusion summit. You are invited to this global gathering of your colleagues. Come to be visible, connect, and share knowledge in the international marketplace.

Please scroll down for the WIFTI summit programme.

Your registration covers

  • WIFTI summit, Wednesday 2 October, Aotea Centre, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • The pōwhiri - a Māori welcoming ceremony
  • The Power of Inclusion summit, Thursday 3 and Friday 4 October, Aotea Centre, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • Evening reception, Thursday 3 October
  • Morning and afternoon teas and lunches all three days
  • A complimentary crèche (for under 5's)


Please note: the programme is subject to change

08.00 - 08.40: Arrival/Registration. Tea/Coffee

08.40 - 09.00: Māori Welcome

09.00 - 09.15: Welcome and Board Intros
o Helene Granqvist, President WIFTI
o WIFTI Board Members

09.15 - 10.00: Master Class - Interview with Philippa Boyens, Academy Award® winning writer of THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy

10.00 - 10.20: Introduction to WIFTI Board and initiatives
o WIFTI Board - areas of responsibility
o Programs; 10% for 50/50. WIFTI Talks, HerFlix

10.20 - 10.45: Collective Action
o Intro to Collective Action - Kirsten Schaffer, WIF LA
o Activism in the USA - Maria Giese

10.45 - 11.15: Coffee

11.00 - 11.20: Case Study Canada
o WIFT Canada activism - Susan Brinton , Brigitte Monneau, Amber Daniels

11.20 - 11.40: Update on Australia - Sue Maslin AO
o Gender Matters Task Force
o Natalie Miller Fellowship and Brilliant Careers Leadership

11.40 - 12.00: Update - Germany and Scandinavia
o Germany - Nicole Ackerman
o Scandinavia - Helene Granqvist

12.00 - 13.00: Chapter Intros

13.00 - 14.00: Lunch

14.00 - 14:45: Collective Challenges and Action Plans
o Breakout group discussions and brainstorming
o Group Presentations - Facilitated by Kirsten Schaffer

14.45 - 15.30: Priorities and Possible Solutions
o Discussion of priorities and Action Plan for WIFTI - Facilitated by Helene Granqvist and Kirsten Schaffer

15.30 - 16.00: Coffee

16.00 - 16.45: 16.00 - 16.45: In Conversation – from the USA, Canada, Australia and Europe
o A roving discussion with different perspectives – on production, co-production, challenges and possibilities
o With Nasreen Alkhateeb, Helen Bowden and Doreen Manuel. Moderated by Helene Granqvist

16.45 - 17.00: WRAP and Final Comments

The power of inclusion: The Walt Disney Company
The power of inclusion: Motion Picture Association
The power of inclusion: EXCLUSIVE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA PARTNER - The Hollywood Reporter
The power of inclusion: MEDIA PARTNER - MediaWorks
The power of inclusion: HBO
The power of inclusion: Entertainment Partners
The power of inclusion: Warner Bros. Pictures
The power of inclusion: Screen Australia
The power of inclusion: NBCUniversal
The power of inclusion: Screen Auckland
The power of inclusion: The Hilton Auckland