Professional Development Opportunities
DEGNZ runs a comprehensive programme of professional development workshops, seminars and events for directors and editors with the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission, and further financial assistance from Vista Foundation, New Zealand On Air, and the Australian Screen Directors Authorship Collecting Society.
Most of our programme is free for our members. With our workshops, masterclasses and training initiatives, we typically open a call for applications from individuals to be selected to participate.
“I have been a member of DEGNZ for several years now, and will keep paying my sub without hesitation because it is a great organisation that fills a gap. Every year, DEGNZ organises numerous workshops that serve to inspire, motivate and, most importantly, up-skill a sector of the film community that struggles to find opportunities to practise their craft. Every workshop I have been on has been excellent – professionally run, high quality and useful. They also hold regular networking events that are vital for this industry as many of us work in isolation and use these occasions to build connections and market ourselves.”
“Being a part of the DEGNZ’s Incubator has been a highly motivating and encouraging experience. Not only has it been an opportunity to increase my knowledge and skills in a number of areas relating to the business and practical side of filmmaking, but we heard from a range of directors and producers about how they work and their experiences in the industry. It is rare to get a chance to talk frankly with such experienced practitioners, but this programme created a space in which such useful dialogue could take place. The Incubator also provided regular meetings with other filmmakers at the same stage in their career.”