GPS 2026

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What does the future look like for our industry? 

Our aim is to spark discussion through a project we’re calling GPS2026.  We’ve called it GPS because we’re looking at 2026 as GPS co-ordinates; knowing we’ll need to be nimble and make course corrections along the way.

Our goal in the first instance is to bring you inspiring and thought provoking speakers, who can help put the next decade in context, particularly against a backdrop of exponential (technology-driven) change impacting everything we do.

We’ll be engaging on diverse subjects; gender equity, representation and diversity, employment and of course new technology as we explore the future of storytelling.  

SPADA 2016 kicked things off with a keynote address by futurist and thought leader Frances Valintine (link), and a Virtual Reality workshop, panel discussions, and demonstrations. 

The NZFC also launched a pilot interactive storytelling fund in late 2016.

Upcoming speakers in 2017 include filmmakers working at the cutting edge of immersive storytelling.

Lynette Wallworth is an acclaimed Australian artist and filmmaker. named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of 2016’s “100 Leading Global Thinkers.” Works include the interactive video Evolution of Fearlessness; the full dome feature Coral, with accompanying augmented reality work; and virtual reality narrative Collisions, developed through the inaugural Sundance Institute New Frontier - Jaunt VR Residency. In 2014, Wallworth’s feature documentary Tender won the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Award for best televised documentary. In 2016, Wallworth was awarded a UNESCO City of Film Award and the Byron Kennedy Award for Innovation and Excellence.

Mike Jones is a writer, script-editor & creative producer working across screen, page & interactive media. He was co-creator of the virtual-reality detective-thriller VRNoir: A Day Before the Night with Sydney-based company StartVR, and is lead writer of upcoming speculative fiction VR drama, Awake: First Contact. He previously lead story development for multi-platform company, Portal Entertainment, and developed interactive projects for WarnerBros. Mike serves as script producer with the ABC, and is regular story consultant and collaborator with boutique TV production company SweetPotatoFIlms whose recent success was the multi award-winning mystery drama series, The Kettering Incident.

Lynette and Mike will be holding a nationwide series of masterclasses focused on engaging audiences in an immersive environment.