Creative Futures is back for 2019

Victoria University of Wellington and Miramar Creative Ltd present Creative Futures 2018. Hosted in Miramar at the Miramar Creative Centre, the Roxy Cinema, Weta Workshop Experience and Park Road Post Production, this two-day event will offer insights into new technologies and demonstrate their application to creativity, business and our future daily lives. Join us to hear from a range of speakers leading in their fields in New Zealand and internationally, and experience first-hand how these technologies are shaping our Creative Futures.

Check out the range of events below and book now—spaces are strictly limited. For any queries, contact us at





We are proud to have the following industry leaders speaking at Creative Futures 2019

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With 30 years of experience working in the creative industries, five-time Oscar® winner Richard Taylor is the creative locomotive of Weta Workshop. 

Richard engages with, and injects his unbridled enthusiasm into, the projects that enter the Weta Workshop design and manufacture pipeline. This extends to a range of new creative technologies including Mixed Reality gaming, 3D printing, computer-controlled animatronics, digital modelling software, and the innovative pipelines he and his colleagues have developed for the Workshop.  

Richard will share with us his experience with these technologies, and how they are transforming the creative process and bringing extraordinary characters and imaginary worlds to life.



Dr. Heath Hanlin

Associate Professor at syracuse university college of visual and performing arts

Heath Hanlin started working with virtual reality in 1996. His practice has been concerned with data utilization and combining multiple media with a special emphasis on 3d computer animation since the early 1990’s. 

His animations, virtual realities, interactive media, music, and installations have been shown and performed in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Prague, Tokyo, Kobe, and many, many other places.

He served as Chair for the Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University from 2008-2017. He stepped down in 2017 to pursue research opportunities in the revived field of VR

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Dr. Margaret Maile Petty

Executive Director Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Margaret has served in a series of academic leadership roles in the United States, New Zealand, and Australia where she has developed and managed a wide spectrum of impactful programs and initiatives primarily focused on design and innovation.

This focus has also allowed Margaret to develop and explore new approaches to the creation and scaling of student entrepreneurship and the role of universities in supporting and driving innovation ecosystems.

Originally trained as a design historian, Margaret continues to research, speak and publish on topics broadly investigating the politics and production of the modern built environment.


Jason Hintz Llopis

managing director, game producer and designer at Metia Interactive

As a 25 year veteran producer and innovator at the Walt Disney Company, Jason’s career journey began in production leadership roles on 12 Disney Animated films, to implementing secret new technologies at Walt Disney Imagineering, to his role today at Walt Disney World leading emerging digital innovation development for Disney theme parks, resorts, and cruise ships worldwide.

Through “Pocahontas”, “Tarzan”, “Bolt”, “Princess and the Frog”, “Tangled” and many other films, Jason produced and pushed the envelope of computer graphics at the Walt Disney Animation Studios.

His work on film production and theme park innovations enhanced attractions at Hong Kong & Shanghai Disneyland and implemented new technologies on a number of films including “Disney’s The Jungle Book,” Marvel’s “Avengers: End Game” and Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Rogue One.”


Stay tuned… more speakers to be announced soon


REcap: Many thanks to our Speakers for 2018

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Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Commerce, Victoria University of WELLINGTON

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PROFESSOR Sally jane norman

director of Victoria University of Wellington's New Zealand school of music – Te kōkī

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Te aroha morehu

innovation officer, Ngāti Whātua Ōrakei

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CEO and founder, WRESTLER


Dr. Taehyun Rhee

associate professor at Victoria University of Wellington, founder / director - victoria computer graphics research lab


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Dr. Leon Gurevitch

Associate Professor at Victoria University of Wellington’s School of Design


maru nihoniho

managing director, game producer and designer at Metia Interactive


Event Sessions



Friday 25th and saturday 26th October for 2 full days

100 tickets only

Join us for two days of demonstrations and discussions exploring the effect of new and future technologies on creativity and innovation. Hear from some of the most creative innovators working with the latest digital technologies. Event location is split between the beautiful Roxy Cinema and world class Park Road Post Production with a demonstration and the newly completed Miramar Creative Centre.

Starting at the Roxy Cinema, 5 Park Road, Miramar


thursday 24th october

200 tickets only

Join us to meet with our speakers for this year’s Creative Futures Event and experience some of the ground breaking digital interactions on exhibition including Dr. Grordborts and works from our speakers from Disney and Weta Digital. Ticket price includes drinks and snacks.

The Roxy Cinema, 5 Park Road, Miramar