Update: The workshop will happen on 20-21 November 2021 if Auckland is in Alert Level 2 or Level 1. The application deadline has been extended to Friday 5 November, 9am.

Call for applications

DEGNZ is delighted to present a workshop for new and emerging Pan-Asian directors, in association with the Pan-Asian Screen Collective. Film and television director Rob Sarkies will share his filmmaking process — from idea development to the edit — revealing how directors can adapt their process from project to project.

This will be a practical, foundational workshop full of practical hints to help you control that beast of a film or series, rather than letting it control you. The focus will be on scripted drama and comedy but documentary filmmakers are welcome.

Sessions will cover:

  • Development process (idea development, script development, working with the funder)
  • Process leading to production (script prep, visual prep, casting)
  • Pre-Production (rehearsal process, binding your collaborators to the same vision)
  • Practical process on set (scene blocking, working with cast, working with your DP)
  • Editorial process (techniques to stop you losing perspective)

About Rob Sarkies

Rob Sarkies

Credit: Matt Grace Photography

Rob’s work spans feature films, series television and commercials. His work includes acclaimed feature Out of the Blue about the Aramoana shootings, Consent based on Louise Nicholas’s fight for justice, Jean about aviator Jean Batten, black-comedy Two Little Boys, Wanted, The Gulf and NZ classic Scarfies.

Workshop Details

Saturday 2 October 2021, 9am – 5pm
Sunday 3 October 2021, 9am – 4pm

Saturday 20 November 2021, 9am – 5pm
Sunday 21 November 2021, 9am – 4pm

Where: MTG RM, 2 Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland, Auckland

Lunch and refreshments provided.

Covid Alert Level Notice: Please note that we will review the workshop and keep people posted if Auckland is not in Alert Level 2 by these dates.


This workshop is open to Pan-Asian members of DEGNZ / PASC. You must be over 18 as of 20 November 2021, and either a Resident, Permanent Resident or Citizen of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Applicants should, ideally, have at least some directing experience on a short film/other screen content OR can demonstrate that they are taking active steps towards directing. If you have a question, please contact tema@degnz.co.nz.

To Apply

Applications Close: Wednesday 22 September, 3PM Friday 5 November, 9AM

STEP 1: Submit the application form below.

STEP 2: Provide in a max. 2-page PDF:

  • A statement that summarises why you would like to participate and how you might benefit from this workshop as a screen director
  • A brief bio that includes any previous directing experience or training you have done
  • Your filmography

Please email your application to tema@degnz.co.nz. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Application Form


Made possible with the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission


This workshop is part of a Directors & Editors Guild of NZ initiative aimed at supporting the development of emerging Pan-Asian, Pasifika and Māori directors

Presented in association with Pan-Asian Screen Collective

Last updated on 24 September 2021