Table Reads

Bringing Writers, Directors & Actors together

A core cast – max. six actors – together with a writer + director team OR writer/director will collaborate on each script-in-development table read. The script must have a director attached and have been through a development process.

Virtual Table Reads

NZWG and DEGNZ are once again offering Virtual Table Reads for 2021.

Table Read One: 8 May 2021
Submit scripts by 30 April

Table Read Two: 3 July 2021
Submit scripts by 25 June

Table Read Three: 11 September 2021
Submit scripts by 3 September

Table Read Four: 20 November 2021
Submit scripts by 12 November

Following the success of the virtual Table Reads during 2020, our 2021 Table Reads will take place online and script submissions are being accepted from NZWG and DEGNZ members around the country. The T&Cs as per our usual Table Reads apply.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity – this is a great development tool to help take your script to the next level. If you have a script with a director attached (or you are also directing) then submit it now.

Actors who would like to take part in a Table Read from the comfort of their own homes can apply below.

Screenshot of Zoom Table Read in May

Submit Your Script

DEGNZ and NZWG members are invited to submit a full-length draft feature film script to go into the draw for a free Table Read organised on your behalf (names remain for subsequent draws). To enter, email your script in PDF to the NZ Writers Guild ( When you enter, please include this information:

  • name of the writer, and if they belong to NZWG, and
  • name of the director, and if they belong to DEGNZ

Please note that the 2020 Table Reads is a new draw, so if you already had a screenplay entered last year, please submit it again.

Writer and Director Eligibility:

Please check these details before you enter.

  • A solo writer/director must be a member of both NZWG and DEGNZ.
  • In a writer + director team, the writer must belong to NZWG and the director must be a member of DEGNZ. If there are co-writers, only one must be a NZWG member.

Call for Actors

Actors are invited to register for each script-in-development table read. Up to six actors will be selected, and will receive a nominal fee as appreciation for their participation.

When a round is open, please register your interest below and the NZWG will contact you if you are cast.


Generally speaking, if your script has been through a development process, it has undergone drafting and analysis. We expect submissions to be further than an early draft.


All participants will need Internet access and a computer or other device to take part on Zoom. The screenplay will be supplied as a PDF only. If you are not able to print this out at home, you may like to use a second screen to view it on during the Read.

Members of your key creative team – the writer(s), director and producer(s) – may attend. Unfortunately, we do not have room for other people to observe.

2020 Table Reads: Rounds

On Saturdays, 10am – 2pm at NZWG HQ in Grey Lynn, Auckland.

A joint initiative brought to you by DEGNZ and NZWG, with warm thanks to the NZ Film Commission