It all starts with the writing…as any writer will tell you.

Here’s your chance to connect with writers with a drink in hand at our May Networking Drinks with the New Zealand Writers Guild – in both Auckland and Wellington.

Networking Drinks – DEGNZ/NZWG

Auckland – Wed. 20 May, 6-8pm
Wellington – Thurs. 21 May, 6-8pm

Auckland – Long Room, 114 Ponsonby Road
Wellington – Southern Cross, 39 Abel Smith St

We’re very excited to be screening The Ground We Won, a documentary feature by DEGNZ member Christopher Pryor, at our next Film Talk with Rialto Cinemas.

Following the film, there will be a Q&A and discussion with Chris, moderated by DEGNZ board member and documentary maker Richard Riddiford.

This quintessentially Kiwi doco was shot in Reporoa and follows rugby-playing farmers trying to bounce back from a string of defeats.

Read more about the film here and head along to the Film Talk to hear even more about Chris’ experience making the film.

What: Film Talk – The Ground We Won documentary feature
Where: Rialto Cinemas, Newmarket
When: Wednesday 6 May, 6.30pm

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites applications for a feature film documentary editing workshop with celebrated editor Annie Collins.

Annie is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded editors in both documentary and drama. Her experience is extensive, encompassing projects with the likes of Merata Mita (Patu!) and Barry Barclay (The Neglected Miracle) to more recently with Rob Sarkies (Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story) and Jess Feast (Gardening with Soul).

Annie has a very clear process that lies at the heart of her successful feature documentaries, and which she would like to share with others.

You will cover:

  • What IS the Kaupapa?
  • Who are we talking to?
  • When it is essential for the director NOT to be present?
  • How to avoid superficial handling of the footage.
  • Systems that will give editor and director perfect freedom to create.
  • When to answer questions and when to let the questions answer themselves.
  • Finding and understanding what isn’t being said.
  • Working collaboratively with the director.

Eight positions are available on the workshop to be held in Wellington for editors with medium to advanced experience in documentary. Each editor will have an Avid to use with footage supplied.

The workshop will begin with an opening session on Friday 5 June from 6 – 9pm, followed by two full days on the Saturday and Sunday. Lunch will be provided each full day.

The selection panel will comprise Annie, and guild president and editor Peter Roberts. The selection will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Travel assistance may be available from the NZ Film Commission.

What: Documentary Features Editing Workshop with Annie Collins
When: Friday 6 – 9pm 5 June, 6 & 7 June 2015
Where: NZ Film & Television School, 86 Vivian Street Wellington
Fee: DEGNZ members free, non-members $100

To Apply:

Please send:

  • an email to with Doco Workshop in the subject line
  • a CV
  • links to samples of your work
  • a maximum one-page letter stating why you should be selected.

Deadline: 5PM Monday 11 May 2015
Notification: By Monday 18 May 2015

This event is brought to you through the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

Auckland Drinks invite APRIL22

We welcome DEGNZ and Actors’ Equity members along to networking drinks this Wednesday 22 April at the Longroom, 114 Ponsonby Road.

Pop by between 6 and 8pm and enjoy complementary nibbles and a cash bar.

Our next Rehearsal Room workshop is coming up in Christchurch on Saturday 9 May, from 10am until 2pm.

This workshop beings together professional actors and directors in a safe, supportive environment to practice working with each other on scenes.

You can register on our event page to have your name in the draw to participate. 4 directors and 8 actors will be selected. There will be an experienced moderator guiding each event.

Directors must be DEGNZ members, while actors must be Actors’ Equity members.

Who is The Rehearsal Room for?
Professional actors and directors. It is open to members of all levels of experience; from novices to virtuosos.

Directors will be asked to provide a two-character scene (2 pages) or, if you prefer, a scene will be provided for you.

Structure of the event
Directors and actors will spend time rehearsing their scenes, with emphasis on connection and content.

After morning tea, participants will block their scenes, before presenting them for shooting, followed by viewing and discussion.

The Rehearsal Room is hosted by Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand and the Equity Foundation, with financial support from New Zealand Film Commission.