Issue date: 
Thursday, 16 July 2020

The NZFC has up to 30 scholarships available to attend the Big Screen Symposium in Auckland on 9 -10 October 2020.

Ten of these scholarships are available directly through the NZFC's Talent Development Team (please see below for details), and 20 scholarships are available through our industry organisation partners (five per organisation) Women In Film & Television (WIFT), Pan-Asian Screen Collective (PASC), Pacific Island Screen Artists Group (PISA) and Ngā Aho Whakaari. Please contact them directly for more details.

Each scholarship will include a ticket to the two-day event. If you live outside the Auckland region, there is also travel grant available as a contribution towards your travel costs. $250 is available if travelling from the North Island, and $350 if travelling from the South Island. 

Additional accessibility funding support is also available for those who require it. This could include, but is not limited to, childcare or other accessibility needs.

The theme for this year’s Big Screen Symposium is Transforming Culture.  It is about the transformative power of story, and the transformation of the screen industry through technological advances. Delegates are immersed in two days of conversations, masterclasses, workshops, panel discussions and case studies with a stellar line-up of local and international filmmaker speakers.

To apply for the NZFC's Talent Development BSS Scholarships, visit the online portal. Please note that you must create a user account in order to apply.

Applications are open now and close at 12pm on Monday 17 August, with decisions announced the week beginning 24 August.

Applications for BSS Scholarships 2020 are now closed.

Applicants are welcome to apply to both the NZFC and/or partner organisations (WIFT, PASC, PISA, Ngā Aho Whakaari).

*If applying for a scholarship through one of the partner organisations please liaise with them directly for their application deadline*

As part of your application, you must include:

  • A one-page resume.
  • Statement outlining why you want to attend.
  • An overview of your current position in the industry and what you are currently working on.
  • How you anticipate this industry conference in particular will contribute to your career development.

If you have any questions regarding the NZFC scholarships, please contact

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 15 July 2020