Christmas Parties 2016

UPDATE: Celebrate Christmas with the Screen Guilds!


As Dragonfly has unfortunately been cordoned off because it backs on to the Reading Carpark, the Wellington Christmas Party is relocating to:

CAROLINE, 1 Manners Street, Wellington

Date remains unchanged. We look forward to seeing you there!



Join us for a drink and some nibbles to celebrate another great year! The Guilds Christmas parties will take place in Auckland (November 29) and Wellington (December 7).

Check out our posters below for further details and please RSVP on Eventbrite with the links below.



RSVP and presentation of your DEGNZ membership card are required to gain entry on the night.

See you there!


Auckland Christmas party



Coming Up: Collaborators Series, ScreenLink & Rehearsal Room

Save the dates! We have two events coming up:

ScreenLink with PIFT and NAW 
Come along for networking drinks and hear from guest speaker Miki Magasiva.
When: 6pm-8pm, Tuesday 5 July
Where: The function room at the back of the Longroom, 114 Ponsonby Road

Collaborators Series with The Techos’ Guild & Peter Burger
Come along for a discussion about ‘Director and 1st AD Dynamics’. A panel of ADs and Marc Ashton from NZFC will speak to Peter Burger about the processes, challenges and triumphs of the Director/1st AD relationship.
When: 7pm for drinks, 7.30-8.30pm discussion, Wednesday 13 July
Where: Upstairs at the Grey Lynn RSC, 1 Francis Street

Rehearsal Room with Rene Naufahu – Register your interest as a director NOW!
The Rehearsal Room is an amazing opportunity to work with actors on your script and practice your craft in a safe, supportive space.
When: 10am-2pm, Saturday 16 July
Where: The MTG RM, Kingsland
SIGN UP NOW and we will be in touch.


Coming Up: Networking Drinks in AKL and WGTN

DEGNZ, SPADA and NZWG members are invited to our Networking Drinks in Auckland on Wednesday March the 16th and in Wellington on Wednesday March the 23rd.

The Wellington event will also feature a talk in partnership with Grow Wellington. Steve Barr and Casey Whelan (BORN TO DANCE writers) will kick off with a short presentation about their recent trip to LA and Miami for the NATPE Conference, and will share their insights on emerging trends in film and TV, what’s hot right now and how Wellington is placed to leverage these opportunities.

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From Hungary to Sundance: An Evening with Sundance Artistic Director Gyula Gazdag

DEGNZ is excited to be hosting “From Hungary to Sundance: An Evening with Sudance Artistic Director Gyula Gazdag,” a discussion and Q&A facilitated by producer Fiona Copland. 9c3f649a-58e7-4047-9d74-bb89baefef2a

Date: Thursday 10 March
Time: 7pm for a 7.30pm start
Venue: Upstairs at the The Grey Lynn RSC, 1 Francis Street, Grey Lynn
Cost: Members free, non-members koha $5.

Hungarian film director and Sundance Artistic Director Gyula Gazdag has a number of feature films to his credit including A Hungarian Fairytale (1987), which won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Film Festival, was named one of the year’s 10 Best Films by the Village Voice and Best Feature Film of the year by the Hungarian Film Critics Awards. It also screened at 20 film festivals worldwide, including the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes. Gyula’s other feature films and documentaries have received wide acclaim. In addition to this, he’s worked as a professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television and has served as the artistic director of the Sundance Filmmakers Lab since 1997. He was a long-time advisor to the Binger Institute, and is currently also a mentor at Berlinale Talents.

Fiona Copland is a producer (and former ED of DEGNZ) with feature film credits including Topless Women Talk About Their Lives(1997), The Price of Milk (2001), The Strength of Water (2008) and Matariki (2010). She’s currently working on Chief Gary


Celebrating the Collaborative Spirit at BSS

It has officially been one week since the Big Screen Symposium 2015 and not nearly enough time to digest all of the weekend’s wonderful insights into how each of us can become better collaborators.

This year’s programme was a strong one for directors, firstly with several talented directors in the speaker line-up: Jane Campion, Sebastian Silva, Alison Maclean, Florian Habicht, Libby Hakaraia, Jake Mahaffy and Chris Pryor. In addition, the theme ‘Strengthening Our Collaborative Spirit’ was especially relevant given that collaboration is so essential to the way directors in particular need to work.

Chilean writer and director Sebastian Silva, who spoke over three sessions, provided a breath of fresh air and many laughs. Silva talked openly about his experiences working in independent cinema, which felt very relevant to how filmmakers work in New Zealand.

Thank you to all the DEGNZ members who stopped by our stall during the weekend, making it the best attended stall in the hub (and we’re not saying this because we’re biased)! We feel very pleased to have been able to share our stall with the New Zealand Writers Guild this year – it was a great fit with many of our members being writer/directors.

It may be a little bit early, but we’re already looking forward to the Big Screen Symposium in 2016. I wonder what next year’s theme will be?

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BSS 2015 DEGNZ Stall

Equity New Zealand

Call for Directors: The Casting Hothouse

DEGNZ invites our member directors to take part in Equity New Zealand’s Casting Hothouse in an observational capacity. The Casting Hothouse is an opportunity for actors to work with some of the world’s leading casting directors on audition, accent and acting techniques.

The relationship between directors and casting directors is key for accessing and securing the talent you want, and the Casting Hothouse offers an invaluable opportunity to network with and learn from the best.

November 25 – 27
The University of Auckland
34 Princes St, Auckland


Matt Skrobalak, US casting director (The Good Wife, NCIS, Jane the Virgin)
Marisa Ross, US casting director (How I Met Your Mother, The Chicago Project)
Kerry Barden, US casting director (Still Alice, Dallas Buyers Club, The Help )
Tom McSweeney, Australian casting director (Terra Nova, The Family Law)
Nikki Barrett, Australian casting director (Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Hacksaw Ridge)
Stuart Turner, New Zealand casting director ( The Weight of Elephant, Nightshift)

Equity New Zealand and DEGNZ are offering the opportunity for our member directors to attend these workshops and observe the actors and casting directors at work.

Please register your interest by emailing and provide details on your availability from November 25-27.