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Insights from Niki Caro

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Our Masterclass and DEGNZ Selects events with Niki Caro were a fantastic success. Niki spoke generously about her experiences and offered plenty of solid advice and practical tips, which we’re sure will stay with everyone in the audience. Thank you, Niki!

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DEGNZ Presents: A Mentorship and Masterclass with Niki Caro

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"The Vinters Luck" Screening - 2009 Toronto International Film FestivalDirectors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) is thrilled to invite applications from experienced film directors with a feature film project in or near to advanced development or ready for production to apply for an International Director’s Mentorship with acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro.

Niki Caro, one of New Zealand’s most successful film directors, needs little introduction, with credits including Whale Rider, North Country, A Heavenly Vintage, McFarland USA and The Zookeeper’s Wife to her name.

The overall intention of the mentorship is to inspire a NZ director, demystify the international film industry and offer genuine insight into creative process and engagement with the industry as a whole, while providing a solid platform upon which to build an international career.

This mentorship is designed to assist a director with project development, career planning, creative relationships, new practices in audience engagement, and relationships with producers and agents.

As Niki is a busy working director there is a small window of opportunity to start this mentorship with her. The successful applicant must be available for initial meetings during the week of 6 June 2016. Further mentoring will continue for the term of the mentorship over the rest of 2016.

To apply, please provide:

• Maximum one-page letter about why you should be chosen and what you hope to gain from the mentorship.
• A narrative feature film script and one-page synopsis for the project you wish to apply with, which must be in or near to advanced development or ready for production.
• Up to 3 examples of past narrative dramatic work (not showreel) that have had festival success.
• Applicants MUST be available for initial meetings the week commencing 6 June.

This initiative is NOT intended for applicants with projects in very early development. We will not offer script notes or enter into correspondence with applicants who are not selected.

Applications should be submitted electronically to admin@degnz.co.nz as ONE PDF file. Please include links in the document.

Only FULL DEGNZ members may apply. If you are not a member and wish to join, you can do so here.

Applications must be received by DEGNZ no later than 9am on Friday the 13th of May.

This initiative is brought to you with the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

Masterclass

DEGNZ invites you to register your interest for up to eight seats in a Directing Masterclass with acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro.

The workshop will take place from 1pm-5pm, Wednesday 8 June in Auckland. DEGNZ members free, non-members $50.

Please register your interest by emailing your CV (including links to your work) to samantha@degnz.co.nz by 9am, Friday the 13th of May. Successful applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.

This initiative is brought to you with the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

Directing Masterclass with Sundance Artistic Director Gyula Gazdag

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We invite you to register your interest for a Directing Masterclass with Hungarian film director and Sundance Artistic Director Gyula Gazdag.Gyula 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.The workshop will take place from 1pm-5pm, Thursday 10 March in Auckland. DEGNZ members free, non-members $50.

Please register your interest by emailing samantha@degnz.co.nz by Wednesday February 24. Successful applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.

Some travel funding will be available for those seeking to attend from out of town.

This initiative is brought to you with the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

DEGNZ Selects presents: Q&A with top international commercials director Nathan Price

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12552627_996680270395060_2176457399509815033_nDEGNZ is thrilled to announce our second ‘Selects’ event with commercials director Nathan Price on Wednesday February 3rd.

Nathan was ranked as one of the top 10 directors in Asia/Australasia, has taken out Cannes Lions Emmy Awards, and has directed ads for some of the world’s biggest brands including Honda, Samsung and Cadbury, as well as Sky, Royal London, T-Mobile, and a little closer to home, State Insurance. See some of his work here: http://www.nathanprice.com/ 

Nathan will discuss rising up as a film maker in the ad business and what he’s learnt along the way about being a good ad maker. It’s not just for those working in the world of commercials – there will be plenty of interest to all film makers. 

The Q&A will be facilitated by DEGNZ board member and commercials director Kezia Barnett.

Please indicate your attendance on our Facebook event page here. Arrive at 7 for a 7.30 start.

DEGNZ members free, non-members $5 koha.

Call for Applications – DEGNZ Drama Director Attachment on DIRTY LAUNDRY

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DEGNZ invites applications for a Drama Director Attachment on Filthy Productions’ comedy drama TV series DIRTY LAUNDRY for TV One.

DIRTY LAUNDRY, produced by Britta Hawkins, will centre on a middle-class family whose mother is jailed for money laundering. If her children want to keep the lifestyle to which they’re accustomed, they’ll need to keep the family business going.

This paid attachment is currently scheduled to take place for eight weeks commencing March 13. It may include a small stand down period to allow for breaks in the schedule, with the aim of the Attachment getting to experience pre-production, production and post production on a major drama production.

The attachment will cover 1 block (3 episodes) and the director will be one of New Zealand’s most experienced drama directors and long-time DEGNZ member Peter Burger.

Payment will be determined by negotiation with the production company and the level of experience of the applicant.

An opportunity exists for the Attachment to direct a scene in the production, but this is entirely at the discretion of Filthy Productions and its producer(s) and director—it is not guaranteed.

The aim of the attachment is to:

  • develop and upskill new television drama directors and
  • contribute to the ongoing production of quality future television drama and
  • provide another training pathway to the limited opportunities currently available.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  1. Be a FULL member of DEGNZ, and
  2. Have a keen interest in television drama, and
  3. Either:-
  • Have 2 short film credits publicly screened to a paying audience at an NZFC accredited short film festival*, OR
  • Have held a position as the first assistant director of a publicly distributed and released feature film or TV drama series OR
  • Have won an award for a short film at an NZFC accredited film festival*, OR
  • Have proven dramatic narrative experience in a screen medium

*The NZFC list of accredited short film festivals here.

To apply, please download the application form cover sheet from the DEGNZ website here, and submit the following in electronic form ONLY (Word file or PDF) by 9am Monday 16 November, 2015 to admin@degnz.co.nz with DIRTY LAUNDRY in the subject line:

• Completed Application Form Cover Sheet with your FULL DEGNZ Membership No., including links to your publicly screened works
• A full CV & Filmography
• A reference (from a senior screen industry practitioner)
• A proposal of a maximum of 1-page outlining why you want to do the attachment.

A shortlist will be developed from applicants. An interview may or may not be required.

We will notify you as to whether or not your application has been successful, but no further correspondence will be entered into regarding your application and the decision will be final.

We look forward to receiving your applications. This initiative has been made possible with the support of NZ On Air and Filthy Productions.