Professional Development

Programme

DEGNZ runs a programme of talks, screenings, seminars, workshops, mentorships, networking events and master classes for Directors and Editors. Latest here.

Networking

Meet and share knowledge and experience with other Directors and Editors at our regular social and professional events. Through the year we run a variety of drinks events with opportunities to meet members of other guilds e.g. writers, actors, technicians.  We also host visiting directors for the NZ International Film Festival and we organize annual joint Guilds Christmas parties in Auckland and Wellington. Latest here.

The Rehearsal Room

A regular series of events in Auckland and Wellington where directors and actors come together in a shared space to rehearse scenes of the directors’ choice, with an experienced moderator running the event. Free of charge. Members only. Latest here.

Film Talks

A regular series of film screenings at Rialto Cinemas, Auckland, with the Guild moderating a Q & A with the filmmaker. $10 for members. Latest here.

The Collaborators Series

A regular series of panel discussions about how to get the most from industry collaborators e.g. editors; distributors and sales agents; art department, wardrobe and makeup; field sound and sound post; the camera department;  locations, line producer and 1st AD; writers; actors. Free to members. Latest here.

Directing Mentorship

DEGNZ awards an international mentorship to one NZ director each year.  Mentors will have achieved significant success as directors in the international screen industry and will come to NZ to visit their mentee. There is follow up communication by Skype and an opportunity for the director mentee to travel to the mentor’s place of work, for further connection. Emphasis is on career advice and strategic introductions.

Editing Mentorship

DEGNZ awards an international mentorship to one NZ editor each year. Mentors will have achieved significant success as editors in the international screen industry and will come to NZ to visit their mentee and engage with them during a cut. There is follow up communication by Skype.  Emphasis is on career advice and professional relationship advice.

Workshops

DEGNZ runs workshops, master classes and seminars each year.

In 2014 there will be a workshop for emerging editors with Peter Roberts (The Dark Horse, The Most Fun You Can Have Dying) and Cushla Dillon (Beautiful Machine, After the Waterfall), a directing seminar with Rolf De Heer (Ten Canoes, Bad Boy Bubby) and an editing master class with Justine Wright (The Iron Lady, The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void).  There has also been a casting workshop, with international casting agents, and a seminar with UK director Terence Davies (Sunset Song, Distant Voices, Still Lives). Latest here.

Directors’ Finders Award

The Finders Series Award, in association with the Directors Guild of America, presents an annual opportunity for a New Zealand director to screen their film at the prestigious DGA theatre complex in Los Angeles to key North American distributors, agents and press.