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Call for Applications: DEGNZ Women Filmmakers Incubator 2018

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is pleased to announce that applications are now open for the second round of its Women Filmmakers Incubator.

Background

The overall vision of the DEGNZ Women Filmmakers Incubator is to empower the participating directors with the confidence, knowledge and connections that they can use to go on and direct a feature film, drama or scripted series.

The Incubator is intended primarily for emerging debut directors of feature film (drama or documentary), but will also consider those wishing to establish careers in TV drama and scripted content.

Applicants must apply with a project, but the Incubator is primarily focused on filmmaker development, not project development.

The objectives of the Incubator are:

  • Improve writers and or directors’ understanding of the business of film and television drama.
  • Increase the number of women directing features and TV drama.
  • Connect producers, broadcasters and funders with female directors with a view to getting more female-centric stories into and through development..
  • Create networking opportunities for women directors to further their projects and careers.
  • Inspire and encourage women directors to passionately pursue feature film and drama directing careers through interaction with successful women who serve as role models .

The Incubator comprises five one-day workshops across an approximate 12-month period with the first scheduled to take place in March 2018.

The workshops are individually themed to provide specific knowledge, networks, skills, and inspiration that enables participants to advance themselves and their careers.

 

Eligibility

All applicants will be expected to have a good level of directing experience with scripted content such as acclaimed web series, shorts with festival success, TV commercials, or broadcast content.

Applicants must:

  • Have an active project (feature film, documentary feature, telefeature, TV or web drama or scripted series) in development that has NEVER been presented to a broadcaster or funder. It is preferable that the project is at least at first draft script, but if not available there must be a detailed treatment for the project.
  • Have experience as a director of scripted content (drama, comedy) or documentary in the form of the project they are submitting, i.e.if you are applying with a narrative drama project, you must have experience directing narrative drama or if it’s comedy, experience directing comedy, etc.
  • For feature film, be a debut director.
  • Be able to participate in all workshops.

A selection panel comprising DEGNZ board members and senior industry practitioners will shortlist candidates. Shortlisted candidates must be available for a one-on-one interview either in person or via Skype to be held around the end of January 2018.

If shortlisted, you will be expected to supply prior to the interview a detailed treatment (different to your 1-page synopsis) of your project a minimum of two and a maximum of ten pages long.

The decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. The Incubator participants will be selected from the shortlist following the interview — getting an interview does not imply that you have been selected for the Incubator.

Every Incubator participant must be a Full DEGNZ member for the full duration of the Incubator course.

The workshops will be held in Auckland. A travel allowance will be available for those successful applicants coming from other regions.

 

Application Requirements

  1. Completed DEGNZ Women Filmmakers Incubator Application Cover Sheet. Available here on the DEGNZ website, under RESOURCES.
  2. A one-page synopsis of the project with the ending revealed.
  3. A maximum two-page letter stating what your career goals are and why you want to participate in this Incubator.
  4. A one-page bio (not a CV).
  5. A filmography and links to completed work that supports the project you are including with this application.

How to Apply

Compile your documents into one single PDF in the order matching requirements 1 – 5.

Give the single PDF the following naming convention:

(YourName)_DEGNZWomenFilmmakersIncubator_2018

and send it to admin@degnz.co.nz with DEGNZWFI2018 in the subject line.

 

The deadline for submissions is 9AM, Monday 8 January 2018.

 

This initiative is made possible with the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission and the Vista Foundation.


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Playing at Rehearsal & Performance

Directors and actors got the chance to play at Rehearsal & Performance in the weekend.

Taking part were DEGNZ directors Aidee Walker, Louise Tu’u, Ghazaleh Golbakhsh and Ellen Jones-Poole. They were joined by a great group of actors from Equity NZ - Simone Walker, Ariki Erby, Serena Cotton, Nicol Munro, Narelle Ahrens, Jarred Blakiston, Anthea Hill and Alice Pearce.

Participants received insights from director Michael Duignan (The Blue Rose, Go Girls, Filthy Rich). One main take away that Michael emphasised was avoiding results-driven directing and instead playing with different scene objectives for each actor. The more specific and concrete the objective, the better.

The focus of the day was to give directors and actors time in groups to explore a scene and work together.

Saturday’s workshop marked the first in our new Rehearsal & Performance series, the revamped edition of The Rehearsal Room. We’ve improved the format and are excited about the changes, which were positively received by the directors and actors involved, some of whom had taken part in past Rehearsal Rooms.

What hasn’t changed is our kaupapa. We still want to assist directors and actors to work better together by regularly providing a safe and supportive space for them to meet, collaborate and play. We believe this relationship is crucial to achieving the best results on set and on screen.

So… the Rehearsal & Performance series will return to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch in 2018 after the holidays!

 

Before You Say Yes to Web Series

DEGNZ Launches Young Creators and Web Series Director Agreement

DEGNZ launched its new Young Creators initiative with its first event Before You Say Yes to Web Series.

Young Creators is a programme of events with a mission to inform and inspire younger or emerging directors and editors to build successful, sustainable careers in the screen industry.

The Young Creators initiative will be more career and business focused, while the Guild will continue to provide its craft-based professional development programme to members.

At Before You Say Yes to Web Series, Executive Director Tui Ruwhiu spoke in depth about the current issue of digital platforms expecting quality online series at rock-bottom prices.

Problems directors have faced include below minimum wages and a lack of creative rights and copyright. Another issue is that directors have signed contracts without properly understanding the agreement or knowing that they can negotiate for better conditions. And in some instances, directors have not received contracts until long after they have begun working on projects.

In response, DEGNZ outlined a proposed Standard Online Series Director Agreement at the Young Creators event. Tui and Tim Riley from Dominion Law highlighted and provided explanation of sections in the agreement. They also received valuable feedback that will shape the final document.

Because of the many problems that DEGNZ has heard about both directly and anecdotally, the Guild has decided to make the agreement available to both members and non-members on request.

DEGNZ will notify once the standard agreement is ready for release, and filmmakers will be able to receive a free copy by contacting DEGNZ directly.

The Guild encourages everyone to negotiation terms and conditions and get signed contracts before any work is undertaken. Everyone has a right to be compensated fairly either through purely financial terms, or a mixture of fees and retaining copyright, at the same time receiving creative control and rights for the work undertaken.

Thanks to our speakers and everyone who attended and helped make the event a success.

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NZTV Awards Names Finalists

Congratulations to former Guild President Peter Roberts who took home the Craft Award for Best Editing: Drama for Jean at the New Zealand Television Awards.

The finalists in the remaining categories were also announced at the Craft Awards ceremony on Wednesday. Congrats to all the finalists and to our members in the running:

Best Director: Multi Camera

Mitchell Hawkes
Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards 2016
MediaWorks (Three)

Best Director: Documentary or Factual

Mitchell Hawkes
Born This Way: Awa’s Story
Ruckus (TVNZ1)

Best Script: Comedy

Roseanne Liang
Friday Night Bites
Flat3 Productions (TVNZ On Demand/YouTube)

New Zealand On Air Best Web Series

Friday Night Bites
Maha Albadrawi, Roseanne Liang, JJ Fong, Perlina Lau, Ally Xue & Kerry Warkia
Flat3 Productions (TVNZ On Demand, YouTube)

New Zealand On Air Best Factual Series

Why Am I? – The Science of Us
Paul Casserly, Mark McNeill & Irena Dol
Razor Films (TVNZ1)

The announced finalists for the New Zealand Television Awards to be held on 30 November: http://nztvawards.co.nz/2017-finalists/

For ticketing enquiries: leanore@janda.co.nz

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JOINT STATEMENT REGARDING THE PROPOSED HOBBIT LAW REPEAL

8th November 2017

A core group of organisations representing those involved in the screen industry met on Friday (3 November 2017) following recent media regarding the Government’s proposed repeal of the Employment Relations (Film Production Workers) Amendment Act 2010 (colloquially known as the ‘Hobbit Law’).

The discussion was positive and the organisations agreed to work constructively with each other and the Government to ensure that all the diverse interests associated with the sector are fairly represented. We look forward to engaging with the Government on what we all agree is a critical piece of legislation for the screen production sector.

Statement released by: Equity New Zealand, the Directors and Editors Guild of New Zealand, the Screen Industry Guild Aotearoa New Zealand, the Screen Producers Association, the Stunt Guild of New Zealand and the New Zealand Writers Guild.

 

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November Film Talk: Psychological Thriller Human Traces

Join us for a special Rialto Newmarket screening of Human Traces, the debut feature from DEGNZ member Nic Gorman, which was selected for the New Zealand, Melbourne and Toronto film festivals.

When a mysterious young man arrives on a remote Sub-Antarctic research station, secrets threaten the relationship of a married couple working on the island.

Afterwards, lead actor Mark Mitchinson will join us for a 20-minute Q&A, moderated by Tui Ruwhiu.

In their Toronto Film Review, Variety wrote, “Nic Gorman has delivered a suspenseful, engrossing and very well performed mood piece that marks him as a talent worth watching.”

Watch the trailer here.

When: Thu 16 Nov, 6pm
Where: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, Auckland
Tickets: Via Rialto online or at the cinema; $12 discounted tickets for DEGNZ and film industry members

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Rehearsal & Performance with Director Michael Duignan

DEGNZ welcomes directors and actors to register their interest for a chance to take part in Rehearsal & Performance, DEGNZ’s revamped Rehearsal Room workshop series.

Michael DuignanIn this hands-on half-day workshop, director Michael Duignan (Go Girls, Filthy Rich, The Blue Rose) will look at the director/actor relationship and share ways in which directors and actors can work better collaboratively to achieve great on screen performances.

Rehearsal & Performance brings together participants in groups of three (one director, two actors) to explore and rehearse a scene in a safe and non-pressured environment. Michael will give each group guidance and advice throughout the workshop.

Participants are expected to do some preparation beforehand. DEGNZ will provide the scene in advance.

Directors and actors register via Eventbrite by Friday 10 November, 12 noon. Spots are limited to four directors and eight actors. If selected, DEGNZ will contact you directly to confirm your participation.

 

What: Rehearsal & Performance with Director Michael Duignan

When: Saturday 25 November, 9am – 2pm; lunch provided

Where: Kingsland, Auckland

Cost: Free; workshop is only open to members of DEGNZ and Equity NZ.

Register at: Eventbrite

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2017 Screen Guilds Christmas Parties

Come have a drink with us to celebrate another successful year at the Screen Guilds Christmas Parties in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch!

Cash Bar, nibbles provided.

Please note: You must RSVP on Eventbrite in advance. ONLY financial members of the Guilds and Associations (+1 partner) will be eligible to join. Membership card required.

Auckland RSVP here

Christchurch RSVP here

Wellington RSVP here

Christmas Party 2017 AKL Final

 

Christmas Party 2017 CHC Final

Christmas Party 2017 WTN Final

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DEGNZ Welcomes Opportunity to Collectively Bargain

For Immediate Release

Monday 30 October 2017

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) welcomes the opportunity to collectively bargain on behalf of its membership in the event that the new Government repeal the controversial ‘Hobbit Law’, an amendment rushed through Parliament that classified all film workers as ‘independent contractors’, unable to bargain collectively and receive other benefits associated with being an employee.

“In our recent Annual Survey of the membership conducted independently by Trace Research, an overwhelming 84 per cent of directors and editors wanted the Guild to collectively bargain on their behalves,” said Executive Director of DEGNZ Tui Ruwhiu.

“In the same survey, 32.5% of directors saw a decrease in their income in the last year compared to the year before, and 32.5% of directors earn less than $1,000 per week. This is obviously a concern for us.”

“It’s not unusual for directors to be one of the more poorly paid roles on set, particularly in feature and short film and non-drama TV,” Ruwhiu added. “Unlike technicians, directors do not receive overtime payments, their pay rates can be poor, and their hours generally longer that most others in the execution of their work.”

“Director rates have been trending downward in many sectors of the industry over the last 10 to 20 years and we need to do something about it.”

New Zealand directors get very few opportunities to work on international productions coming to New Zealand, depending almost exclusively on domestic New Zealand production to make a living.

With the number of local feature films produced each year in New Zealand numbering between five and fifteen, only five to fifteen New Zealand directors get a job on those productions, and in many cases the director is required to reduce or defer their fee to get the production made.

The majority of the Guild’s directors are contracted to productions for New Zealand television, documentary, advertising and in the corporate arena where they make videos, promos and branded content.

“The status of directors within the industry and with the wider public is generally high. Unfortunately, the reality when it comes to terms and conditions and particularly income for many of our director members is poor,” Ruwhiu concluded.

“Collective bargaining would provide a positive means for the Guild to improve the lot of directors in New Zealand, which is not possible under the current individual contracting regime.”

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For more information contact:

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director
Directors & Editors Guild of NZ
+64 21 659 950
tui@degnz.co.nz

Seresin Estate, Marlborough

Join Us for a Seresin Estate Wine Tasting and Networking Evening

Screenlink Seresin Wine Tasting

DEGNZ invites you to a special Screenlink networking evening on 15 November in Auckland for members of DEGNZ, NZWG, SCGNZ and SPADA.

Join Clive Dougall, winemaker for Seresin Estate, to taste and learn about five handcrafted wines from Marlborough.

The sentinel stone at the entrance to Seresin Estate bears a subtle handprint, a symbol of strength, gateway to the heart, tiller of the soil and the mark of the artisan.

Founded in 1992 by cinematographer and longtime DEGNZ supporter Michael Seresin, the Estate lies in the heart of Marlborough at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, with vineyards spread across the warm stony Wairau Valley floor and up into the gentle clay slopes of the Omaka Valley to the South.

 

The official wine tasting will run for one hour, followed by networking time with Seresin wine at hand.

Wine and nibbles provided.

 

What: Seresin Estate Wine Tasting & Networking Evening

When: Wed 15 November, 6 – 7.45pm

Where: St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland

Entrance and carpark at back of Centre

 

TICKETS are free but must be booked in advance via Eventbrite as spaces are limited.

Members only – DEGNZ, SPADA, SCGNZ, NZWG

You must be 18+ to attend.

Tickets close Monday 6 November, 12 noon.