The Big Screen Symposium brings the filmmakers of Aotearoa New Zealand together for debate, discussion, information and inspiration.

The event is for all those who bring our stories to the screen: from directors, writers and producers to actors, editors and other technicians, to business people, distributors and film students. It presents a big picture of the world of film and television, a great networking opportunity, and a wealth of insights and information on the pertinent issues facing filmmakers today.

Delegates are immersed in two intensive days of conversations, masterclasses, workshops, panel discussions and case studies with a stellar line-up of local and international filmmaker speakers.

Tickets include full 2-day programme:

  • Friday: morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea
  • Saturday: morning tea, lunch


  • Standard $295
  • Industry concession* $245
  • Student $195

This event was rescheduled from April to October 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions. If you hold a ticket for the previous dates, the following information will apply: 

All previously purchased tickets are valid for the new dates. For ticket holders who purchased a Full Price ticket between 31 January and 16 March, a refund for the difference in ticket price is possible up to 17 July. Any requests submitted after this date are unable to be processed. If ticket holders are not able to attend the rescheduled dates please contact iTICKET with your ticket order number to request a refund at support@iticket.co.nz or phone 0508 iTICKET (0508 484 253).

*Industry Concession is for members of industry organisations which includes
AAANZ, Equity New Zealand, DEGNZ, Ngā Aho Whakaari, Pan Asian Screen Collective (PASC), NZAPG, NZ Cinematographers Society, NZ Writer’s Guild, Screen Composers Guild, Screen Industry Guild, Stunt Guild of NZ, SPADA and WIFT NZ.

Free parking for your first hour at Jellicoe Street car park. See more here

Kids ride free on public transport on weekends and public holidays. Find out more

Last updated: 06 March 2020