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    Australia, New Zealand and Southern Pacific Islands Section

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    Welcome to the Australia, New Zealand and Southern Pacific Islands Section

    Since 1984, the Australia Section of SMPTE has delivered the world-class media and entertainment industry conference to an audience of industry leaders and practitioners from across the Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Asia-Pacific region.

    About Australia, New Zealand and Southern Pacific Islands Section

    The Australia Section was founded in 1971. Today, it is part of the  Asia Pacific Region that includes more than 750 members.  Australia has been a leader in building ties between like-minded and guild organisations serving the media and content industry. Further information about  Australia is available at smpte.org.au.

    This web site is part of an ongoing program by the Australia Section to provide better services to members. We appreciate your feedback and always welcome new members.

    Australia Section METexpo 21

    Australia Section METexpo 21 - How to Sumbit a Paper


    Nominations Open to Recognize Professionals in Australia, New Zealand, and Southern Pacific Islands

    A winner from each sub-region, Australia, New Zealand, and the Southern Pacific Islands will be selected across three award categories, Rising Star, Innovators and Industry Builder. 

    Additionally, for each award category, a winner will be selected that specifically recognises the achievements of women in the Media and Entertainment Industry; nominations for this award are open to all sub-regions.

    Nominations close: 15 July
    Awards Presented: at METexpo, 18 - 20 August
    “Winners will receive a prize to the value of $500 and have the opportunity to be featured in future publications of Content and Technology”.

    Note: we may get sponsors to donate either prize money or prizes





     The Rising Star Award recognises a person with 5 years or less of experience in Media and Entertainment Technology whose early accomplishments distinguish them as possible future leaders in the industry.

    The award winner is to be determined through an interview process, (conducted remotely) with a panel of SMPTE Board appointed judges. Candidates are encouraged to bring details of their work to the interview and any reward and recognition evidence they may have. The tone of the interviews will be relaxed and informal with the candidate encouraged to tell their story.

    Nominate now 




    The Innovators Award recognises  an individual, team or organisation that has implemented a new technology, workflow or business model. The innovation should be at minimum a regional first and preferably a global first. The applicant should describe the innovation and the problem it addresses or value it creates.

    The award winner is to be determined through an interview process, with a panel of SMPTE Board appointed judges. Applicants are encouraged to present their innovation at the interview along with any evidence of its successful use they may have. Applicants should provide at least one referee to validate their claim. Tone of the interviews will be relaxed and informal with the applicant encouraged to tell their story.

    Nominate now 


    The Industry Builder Award recognises individuals or organisations that have given back to the industry or enabled the industry to grow through demonstrated commitment, ideas, drive and strong personal values.

    Applications will exclude current serving members of the SMPTE board. The award winner is to be determined by a panel of at least two experienced judges appointed by the SMPTE board. Nominations are encouraged to include details of the candidates work and any links to press coverage.

    Nominate now 




    METexpo will be 18th - 20th August

    The media, entertainment and creative production industries, are being rapidly disrupted in many ways, including the challenges in 2020 driven in a large part by the impacts of Covid-19.

    METexpo 2019 was the conference and show that was created with this content in mind and shaped by a range of industry and member engagements and feedback. In the lead up to, during, and post event, we have continued to engage with our members and the industry community to deliver an even more focused event in 2021 to meet the needs of the membership, visitors and the participants in the show.

    We are working with our long-term partner Expertise Events to deliver a conference and exhibition that hits the high quality that members and visitors expect.

    The key highlights of METexpo 2021

    • Sydney conference to be based in a new location that will integrate more smoothly the conference and exhibition in one unified space at the ICC.
    • The date of the event moves to August to deliver a landmark Australian based media, entertainment and technology show and conference ahead of any international shows in 2021.
    • There will be two dedicated conference streams exploring the technology standards and innovation, with ground breaking local and international papers and presenters.
    • There will be ample opportunities to engage strongly with the industry product and service community including two early evening social events.

    We would love your help

    • No event like this can be a success without the passion and efforts of the members who contribute to the conference with their expertise and efforts to write and present on the day.
    • We will soon be looking for ideas for submissions for the 2021 conference which will be themed around the technology challenges and innovations you can share with our community of media professionals and engineers.
    • With three days of the show to prepare and deliver, we will be looking for members of our SMPTE community to get involved in a voluntary capacity, to help us ensure we make a smooth and excellent event for all. We will be announcing our METexpo members volunteering initiative, where we look for you to get involved and some ways we can say thank you for your efforts.

    The SMPTE team here in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands look forward to a very exciting 2021 and to an engaging and thought leading METexpo on the 18th - 20th August 2021!

    SMPTE aims to be the preeminent leader in the advancement of the art, science, and craft of the image, sound, and metadata ecosystem, worldwide.


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    Past Events

    November 19, 2020

    Australia Webcast 19 November

    We would like to invite you to our next SMPTE Webcast on Thursday 19th October from 5.30PM AUDST/7.30PM NZ time. Where are we with Digital Disruption and has Covid 19 accelerated the change?