Tropfest Roughcut is a forum of stimulating insights by industry experts. Aimed to educate, inspire and challenge filmmakers at all stages of their careers.

This years Roughcut, held on Thursday 4 September at Auckland’s Q Theatre featured Sheri Candler (US director of Digital Marketing Strategy – The Film Collaborative), award winning Australian writer and actor Tony Briggs (The Sapphires), scriptwriter/filmmaker Max Currie (Shortland Street, Step Dave) & Arran Birchenough from Getty Images. The MC for the night was self-confessed cinema addict and 3News Entertainment Editor and Film3 reviewer, Kate Rodger.

The Lineup

  • Sheri Candler

    Sheri Candler directs digital marketing strategy for The Film Collaborative (TFC), promoting their work as an educational resource for independent filmmakers, a fiscal sponsor and a non profit film sales and distribution company. She also consults with TFC members on using social media to build audiences so that their distribution efforts will be successful as well as working directly with productions to help gather an audience. Films represented by The Film Collaborative include award winning documentaries "The Invisible War" (Oscar nominated 2013), "I Am Divine," "Cesar's Last Fast" and "Valentine Road;" and narrative films "Appropriate Behavior," "Boy Meets Girl," "Red Hook Summer," and "Weekend." She is the co-author of two books of case studies for filmmakers called "Selling Your Film Without Selling Your Soul" and “Selling Your Film Outside the US” which chronicle the different paths filmmakers are taking to bring their films to audiences around the world. She regularly writes, speaks and teaches creators about using social media and has presented at industry events including American Film Market, Directors Guild of American East, National Screen Institute of Canada, Binger Film Lab Amsterdam, and was the keynote speaker at the Federation of European Film Directors (FERA) annual meeting & Screen Directors Guild of Ireland annual meeting.

  • Tony Briggs

    Acclaimed actor and stage and screen writer, Tony Briggs’ leap to the screen came off the back of his hit stage play, The Sapphires, which tells the story of his mother and aunt who as singers entertained troops during the Vietnam War. He went on to adapt his play with co-writer Keith Thompson into the highly successful film, which was made by Aboriginal director Wayne Blair. The Sapphires had its world premiere at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and swept many of the major Australian film awards that year. His career has been on a trajectory of success since Briggs stumbled into acting as a 19 year old intent on becoming a track and field athlete. “A chance telephone call from a relative asking if I was interested in ‘that acting thing’ got me my first role,” said Briggs. It’s snowballed from then and I’ve never looked back.”

  • Max Currie

    At Roughcut, Max discussed and showcased the use of concept teasers which both financed and shaped the development of his recently released NZ film, Everything We Loved. After graduating Victoria University of Wellington with a BA in Political Science, Max got his break as the openly gay host and director of New Zealand's groundbreaking GLBT television show, QueerNation. He went on to make an award-winning short protesting Proposition 8 in the USA (Some of My Best Friends Are American) then started writing drama series for NZ television. Since 2008, Max has written for Shortland Street, and more recently, the comedy-drama series Step Dave. In 2012 he transitioned into feature film directing, participating in Melbourne Film Festival's director programme, Accelerator, before shooting his first feature, Everything We Loved. Acclaimed by The Hollywood Reporter, Everything We Loved continues its strong 2014 festival run after being nominated three times for best picture by an emerging director at Palm Springs, Transilvania and Munich film festivals

  • Kate Rodger

    Kate Rodger is TV3’s 3News Entertainment Editor and Film3 reviewer, a self-confessed addict of all things cinema. Over her past decade with 3News, her job has taken her all over New Zealand and all over the world covering film premieres and awards ceremonies, visiting movie sets, shooting interviews and filing stories from as far afield as Egypt, Rome, Samoa, New York, Sydney, Chicago, Hollywood and Hamilton. A veteran of the Oscar’s red carpet carnage, she has crossed live from Royal premieres in London with James Bond, survived rabid Robert Pattinson fans at not one but two Twilight red carpet premieres, and has covered the Cannes, Toronto, Sundance and Doha film festivals. She launched her own half hour local film show Reel Late with Kate which ran on the TV3 network to excellent ratings and gaining an avid and loyal following from kiwi film lovers. She’s a passionate advocate of local film, pushing for mainstream broadcast coverage of local film premieres and releases, and has acted as a judge, host and ambassador for several local film competitions, festivals and awards evenings, including the 48Hour Film Festival, Show Me Shorts, the Documentary Edge Festival and the Reel Screen Awards.

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