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…



This is a fantastic opportunity to hear direct from international filmmakers about how they bought their film to the screen. For more information about the films they will be discussing, and their screening times as part of the festival, see below:

Sophie Hyde – 52 Tuesdays.

Australian born Sophie Hyde won Sundance’s World Cinema Director Award, and Berlin’s youth jury award, the Crystal Bear, with this striking first feature. Set in Adelaide on 52 consecutive Tuesdays, the film follows a year in the life of Billie (Tilda Cobham-Hervey) who, along with the usual social and sexual questioning that 16-year-olds go through, is also responding to the gender transition being undertaken by her mother (played by non-gender-conforming Del Herbert-Jane).
Please note if you want to see Sophie’s film the screenings are on the 2 days PRECEDING this event.

Screening times: 52 Tuesdays
22-Jul-14              6:15 p.m.             SKY CITY
23-Jul-14              3:00 p.m.             SKY CITY

Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine – The Galapagas Affair
Almost improperly entertaining, this documentary who-dunnit spins a tale of utopian ideals, sexual intrigue
 and murderous jealousy – all on tiny Floreana, one of the Galapagos Islands. The events it describes were a media sensation in the 30s, thanks in large measure to the enthusiastic on-film cavorting of the story’s flamboyant femme fatale. Filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller (Ballets Russes) have restored a cornucopia of reportage, archival film and photography and enlisted top-line voice talent, including Cate Blanchett, to explore this bizarre tale anew.

The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden
24-Jul-14              6:15 p.m.             SKY CITY
25-Jul-14              1:45 p.m.             SKY CITY

Please remember to RSVP to to secure a place to ‘Meet The Directors’, and bring along your membership card for your free entry!We hope to see you there!