Issue date: 
Thursday, 15 August 2019

The Power of Inclusion summit is pleased to announce the Motion Picture Association Scholarship Programme, which will provide 150 tickets for people working or studying in the screen sector who are low or unwaged or belong to a community underrepresented in the screen sector.

Made available through sponsorship by Motion Picture Association (MPA), these delegates will attend The Power of Inclusion summit, which will take place in Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand on 3 and 4 October 2019.

The Motion Picture Association said, “There is a demand from global audiences to see stories from every corner of the world and the multitude of new channels provides filmmakers with different voices to share their diverse stories. We are delighted to continue our practice of supporting emerging filmmakers to tell their stories through the Motion Picture Association Scholarship Programme and welcome all recipients to The Power of Inclusion summit.”

Featuring over 35 speakers from around the world, it will be a two-day summit that includes case studies, panels, conversations and keynotes. An unprecedented event in the region, the focus of these sessions will be around pertinent issues in the inclusion and representation space in the screen, entertainment and technology landscape.

120 of these tickets will be allocated via an automated ballot system. In order to enter the ballot, applicants must reside in New Zealand and meet the following criteria:

  • Be currently working or studying in the screen sector;


  • Earn less than the living wage i.e. $44,000 per annum;


  • Belong to a community underrepresented in the screen sector including, but not exclusive to, Māori, Pacific Island peoples, Pan Asian, gender non-binary, LGBTQ+ or people with a disability.

Applicants are not required to provide documentation of their status - the answer will be accepted on an honesty basis.

Registration will close on 4 September 2019. Successful applicants will then be required to complete a full registration within one week.

A further 30 New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) funded tickets will be allocated via the NZFC and various New Zealand industry screen guilds.

The summit is hosted by the NZFC and Women in Film and Television International (WIFTI), with support from The Walt Disney Studios. Further programme and speaker announcements are to follow.

Scholarship applications are now closed.

You can read more about The Power of Inclusion Summit here, or visit their website.

Last updated: 
Wednesday, 4 September 2019