DEGNZ, with support from The New Zealand Film Commission, is pleased to offer the opportunity for a New Zealand director to screen their film to an invited audience at the prestigious DGA Theatre in Los Angeles.

The successful applicant will be flown to LA for the screening and a Q&A afterwards hosted by the Directors Guild of America. This is an amazing opportunity to introduce a stand-out film and filmmaker to the North American market.

Application criteria:
– Must be the Director’s first or second feature film
– Film must have been completed in the last 12 months
– Must be available to travel to L.A. for screening 14th November 2014.
– Must be a member of DEGNZ

To apply, please email your press kit and a covering letter to
Applications close 5pm Monday 08 September 2014.

We’re excited to be hosting a special Q&A screening of The Last Saint, a powerful NZ film about a teenage Polynesian boy living in the heart of Auckland city. 

With his P-addicted mother well on the way to going completely off the rails, three people enter his life – each with a promise – and each with the power to destroy.

When: 3.30pm Sunday 24 August
Where: Event Cinemas Queen Street
Moderated by Kirstin Marcon (dir. The Most Fun You Can Have Dying)

This is your opportunity to meet Rene Naufahu (Director), Joe Naufahu (“Pinball”), Matthew Horrocks (Producer), Thomas Rose (Composer) and OJ Raj (Composer) who will join you after the movie to answer your questions and talk about the film.

The Q&A will take place after the 3.30pm screening. We hope to see you all there!

Get your tickets here. 

DEGNZ is pleased to call for applications for two paid director internships on Power Rangers, from October.

Power Rangers is offering two Directorial Internships on Power Rangers-DINO CHARGE.

This is a fantastic opportunity for exposure to directing on an international children’s action adventure series.

The successful applicant will join an experienced and specialised crew working through pre-production, shooting and post production on an International fast turnaround television series.

They will further their knowledge in preparation and planning for shooting. Observe the process of directing actors, camera positions, schedule and time management and collaborating with other departments to tell the story.

The Power Rangers schedule will give them experience in shooting on location and in a studio environment and exposure to the workings of a second/action unit. Depending on the level of expertise there may be an opportunity todirect one or more scenes. They will then follow the shooting process through to the editing room, observing the post production process.

This is a wonderful opportunity for an up and coming or fledgling director. Ideally they have some directorial experience on a short film or the like. They will be self-motivated, professional and have a great attitude.


Fee: $800.00 per week. (ALL INCLUSIVE)
It will be a Freelance Independent contract

Internship number 1: Approximately 22 episodes between October and December 2014
Internship number 2: Approximately 22 episodes between February and April 2015

Expected to be approximately 8-10 weeks for each internship
Power Rangers in based in AUCKLAND
Applicants must be NZ citizens or NZ residents

DEADLINE: 9.00am 25th August 2014

1 paragraph (less than 200 words) explaining why you are the appropriate director intern for Power Rangers
1 paragraph (less than 200 words) explaining what you hope to get out of the internship
Your CV
Shortlisted applicants will later be asked to forward a showreel.

DEGNZ is pleased to call for applications for an editing mentorship with acclaimed editor, Justine Wright (Touching The Void, The Last King of Scotland, The Iron Lady).

This is an opportunity for a New Zealand editor, with proven talent, to benefit from collegial advice and international support as they move to the next stage of their career. You do need to be a member of DEGNZ to apply.

The mentorship offers 20 – 30 hours of Justine’s time, some by Skype and some in person, between now and the end of the year.


Please send a one page CV and a covering note (less than one page) explaining why you should be selected and how you feel the mentorship will benefit you professionally.

Once we have a shortlist we will ask to view your work.

Email your application to by 5.00pm Wednesday 13th August.

About Justine:
Justine Wright grew up in New Zealand and moved to London in 1990 where she was trained in a commercials editing house and first cut ads, music videos, and short films before branching out into editing documentary features and then narrative features.

She has worked with director Kevin Macdonald on a number of features, including Academy Award-winning documentary feature One Day in September, for which she received the British Independent Film Award for Best Technical Achievement(Behind the Camera), BAFTA winning Touching the Void and The Last King of Scotland, State of Play, The Eagle and just completed, Kevin’s latest feature Black Sea. Other features cut by Justine include Locke written and directed by Steve Knight starring Tom Hardy, The Iron Lady directed by Phyllida Lloyd and starring Meryl Streep; Daniel Gordon’s The Game of Their Lives, which was named Best Sports Documentary at the British Television Awards and earned the Greerson and British Independent Film Awards nominations; Patrick Harkins’ The Final Curtain, starring Peter O’Toole; and Saul Metzstein’s Late Night Shopping, which won three BAFTA (Scotland) Awards including Best Feature Film. Recently, Justine contributed to Playhouse Presents for Sky Arts where she cut two short films; Jeremy’s Brock’s Walking the Dogs starring Emma Thompson, and Idris Elba’s directorial debut, The Pavement Psychologist, with Anna Friel. Justine has also been a consultant editor on two feature documentaries, In the Shadow of the Moon and Deep Water.

Why are there so few women directors and editors?

We’ve long recognised a gender imbalance in key creative roles in the film industry but the release of recent research has highlighted our concern. Last year fewer than 2% of the top 100 box office films in the US were directed by women. Read the statistics here. New Zealand figures might be better, but not by much. Kim Hill will host a panel discussion to investigate…