Membership Benefits

Our Core Services

We provide professional development opportunities, while your support of our work enables us to continue to advocate on behalf of you and other directors and editors in our industry.


Hone your craft and be inspired through our range of workshops, talks and training opportunities, led by experienced and award-winning local and international filmmakers. We have something for all experience levels with most opportunities free to members. Learn more


DEGNZ is the representative body of directors and editors in NZ. Behind the scenes, we advocate and lobby to improve industry opportunities and conditions, and raise awareness of the work of screen directors and editors. Learn more

Other Membership Benefits


Connect with other filmmakers at events, like Screenlink, which brings together DEGNZ members with other NZ screen guilds and associations for drinks and discussion.


We can help with career, contract and legal advice. Members have access to discounted rates with Tim Riley of Dominion Law – first 30-minutes free. Learn more


Get the latest industry news, campaign updates, events and deadlines direct to your inbox. We welcome your news too, helping you publicise your successes, screenings and crowdfunding campaigns.


Access a range of resources to assist you with applications, negotiation, or as sources of information for your reference. Learn more


Receive royalties that may arise from your work here and overseas through the Australian Screen Directors Authorship Collecting Society. Joining ASDACS is free for DEGNZ Full members at


Exclusive discounts to cinema tickets, festivals, Resene products and more. Learn more


We feature your profile in our online members directory to help you get seen.

Types of Membership

Membership of the Directors and Editors Guild of NZ is open to all who identify themselves as directors, editors and/or assistant editors working within New Zealand or holding New Zealand residency and/or citizenship, who aspire to work or continue working as such in film, television and screen content creation.

Full Member

All individuals who identify themselves as directors, editors and/or assistant editors.

Associate Member

All individuals that support the Guild’s aims and objectives but are FULL members of other screen industry guilds and/or associations.

Student Member

Open to FULL time students of NZ tertiary institutions.

Benefits by Membership Type

Voting rights
Featured member profile
Member discounts
Access to our standard agreements
Career and professional advice
Legal advice from DEGNZ and its partners
Free DEGNZ workshops and events*
Eligibility for attachments and talent programmes**
Eligibility for professional development travel allowances
10% ASDACS membership fee waiver

* Sometimes a discounted workshop/event fee for members may apply.

** Includes, but is not limited to, our Editor Attachment Scheme, Director Attachment Scheme and Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator — check the specific eligibility criteria in the call for application.

COVID-19 Membership Holiday

The Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand represents the creative, cultural and financial wellbeing of all New Zealand directors, editors and assistant editors. Because of the COVID-19 crisis, we are extending our membership to all New Zealand directors, editors and assistant editors, whether or not they can afford to pay membership fees. It is more important than ever that we come together for support, assistance, advice and information at this crucial time and as we navigate the future. Together we can do this.

We understand that you may have lost some or all of your work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We have decided to extend our Membership Holiday scheme until 31 January 2021. If you are facing financial hardship, we want to support you with a free Associate membership until 31 January 2021. For those who can afford it, we ask that you please support DEGNZ by continuing to pay your membership fees.

This offer is based on an honesty system.

We are offering Membership Holidays between now and 31 January. All current members who were granted a Membership Holiday until 1 October 2020 will have their fee holiday automatically extended to this new date, but can choose to restart paying fees at any time. If you receive a Membership Holiday, your membership will be due for paid renewal on 31 January 2021.

I pay annually – You can request a Membership Holiday as your renewal date approaches. Instructions will be emailed in your renewal notices.

I pay monthly – You can request a Membership Holiday between now and 31 January 2021. Receiving a Membership Holiday will stop your monthly payments altogether. When your membership holiday ends on 31 January 2021, you will be able to select which membership level you want to renew on. You won’t be expected to pay the remainder of your last 1-Year Membership, Paid Monthly.

If you can afford the membership fees, please fill out the Member Sign-Up Form below and make payment for your chosen membership level. If you are suffering financial hardship, choose the level Associate Member – Membership Holiday.

If your membership lapsed this year or in 2019 and you can afford the membership fees, please use the Member Sign-Up Form below and make payment for your chosen membership level. OR If you are suffering financial hardship, send us a request instead by completing a COVID-19 Membership Holiday Request Form.

If your membership lapsed prior to 2019 and you can afford the membership fees, please use the Member Sign-Up Form below and make payment for your chosen membership level. OR If you are suffering financial hardship, choose the level Associate Member – Membership Holiday.

Join Now

All memberships cover one year from the day you join, renew or change your membership level.

Paying Your Annual Membership Monthly

Members paying monthly will be reminded of their annual renewal date as it approaches and may contact the Guild to change level or cancel at this time.


Membership LevelAnnual FeeMonthly Fees for 1 Year
Full Member – Tier 1
(Income less than $40K)
Full Member – Tier 2
(Income $40K – $75K)
Full Member – Tier 3
(Income $75K plus)
Associate Member$138$12.45
Student Member $57.50NA

Member Sign-Up Form

Please fill in this form to apply for membership if:

  • you are new to DEGNZ, OR
  • you are a returning member and your membership lapsed before 01 January 2017. If your membership lapsed after 31 December 2016, please renew by signing in to the Manage Your Account page.