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In series successes, we wish to congratulate the cast and crews of Rūrangi and Creamerie for being nominated for the 2021 MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards.

Directed by Max Currie (DEGNZ), Rūrangi is one of three finalists in the LGBTQIA+ / Scripted category. Season 1 is currently streaming on Hulu.

Creamerie is a finalist in the Race and Ethnicity – Scripted category, along with We Are Lady Parts and Dreaming Whilst Black. The six-part series for TVNZ was directed by member Roseanne Liang, and edited by Jochen Fitzherbet (DEGNZ) and Tom Eagles, who was awarded a DEGNZ International Editor’s Mentorship in 2016.

Now in its 5th year, the MIPCOM Diversify TV Excellence Awards are dedicated to championing and promoting diversity and inclusion in all its forms across the international television industry. The Awards ceremony is being held in Cannes on October 13.

For the first time in its five-year history and as part of its Diversity focus, the DEGNZ Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator for 2021 will focus solely on a Diversity call for applications.

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ welcomes applications from Māori, Pacific Island, Pan-Asian and other POC female directors to take part in this talent development programme.

Background

The overall vision of the DEGNZ Women Filmmakers Incubator is to empower the participating directors with the confidence, knowledge and connections that they can use to go on and direct a feature film, drama or scripted series.

The Incubator is intended primarily for emerging debut directors of feature film (drama or documentary), but will also consider those wishing to establish careers in TV drama and scripted content.

Applicants must apply with a project, but the Incubator is primarily focused on filmmaker development, not project development.

The objectives of the Incubator are:

  • Increase the number of women directing features and TV drama.
  • Connect producers, broadcasters and funders with female directors with a view to getting more female-centric stories into and through development.
  • Create networking opportunities for women directors to further their projects and careers.
  • Inspire and encourage women directors to passionately pursue feature film and drama directing careers through interaction with successful women who serve as role models.
  • Improve directors’ understanding of the business of film and television drama.
Workshops

Participants will attend five one-day workshops across 2021 with the first scheduled to take place in late April. All workshops are intended to be held in Auckland, and a travel allowance will be available for participants based in other regions.

Participants need access to a computer (recommended) or another device to participate online via Zoom, if the workshops are affected by COVID-19 Alert Levels.

The workshops are individually themed to provide specific knowledge, networks, skills, and inspiration that enable participants to advance themselves and their careers. As the global screen industry undergoes constant change at this time, DEGNZ will remain flexible as to the actual content of the programme, seeking to incorporate information and opportunities that are relevant.

 


Eligibility

All applicants will be expected to have a good level of directing experience with scripted content, such as acclaimed web series, shorts with festival success, TV commercials, or broadcast content.

Applicants must:
  1. Have an active project (feature film, documentary feature, telefeature, TV/online drama or scripted series) in development that has never been presented to a broadcaster or funder. It is preferable that the project is at least at first draft script but if not available, there must be a detailed Writer’s Treatment for the project. A Director’s Treatment that includes Style, Tone, Imagery, Look & Feel, etc. is NOT requested. The applicant does not have to be the writer on the project.
  2. Have experience as a director of scripted content (drama, comedy) or documentary in the form of the project they are submitting, i.e. if you are applying with a narrative drama project, you must have experience directing narrative drama or if it’s comedy, experience directing comedy, etc.
  3. Have a directing credit on one of the following:
    • a short film selected for one of the NZFC’s Recommended Short Film Festivals, the New Zealand International Film Festival, Show Me Shorts Film Festival or any regional film festival in New Zealand. You need to supply in your filmography and links section the Festival Name, Year of Selection, and a link to the full film or content selected, for viewing purposes.
    • a commissioned scripted one-off or series by a broadcaster or digital platform. You need to supply in your filmography and links section the Broadcaster or Platform Name, Year of First Broadcast/Play, and a link to content commissioned, for viewing purposes.
  4. For feature film, be a debut director.
  5. Be available to participate in all workshops.
  6. Identify as female and be of Māori, Pacific Island, Pan-Asian or other POC heritage.
  7. Be a NZ Citizen or permanent resident.
Membership

Selected participants must be DEGNZ Full members for the duration of the Incubator programme.

 


How to Apply

Application Deadline: 9AM, Monday 12 April 2021

Application Requirements:

  1. A completed DEGNZ Women Filmmakers Incubator Application Cover Sheet (PDF 291KB).
  2. A one-page synopsis of the project with the ending revealed.
  3. A maximum two-page letter stating what your career goals are and why you want to participate in this Incubator.
  4. A one-page bio (not a CV).
  5. A filmography and links to completed work that supports the project you are including with this application. Include details as per eligibility requirement 3.

Compile your documents into one single PDF in the order matching requirements 1 – 5.

Give the single PDF the following naming convention: (YourName)_DEGNZWomenFilmmakersIncubator_2021

Send your application to admin@degnz.co.nz with DEGNZWFI2021 in the subject line.

Selection Process

A selection panel will shortlist candidates. Shortlisted candidates must be available for a one-on-one interview via Zoom to be held in the week of April 12. Getting an interview does not imply that you have been selected for the Incubator.

If shortlisted, you will be expected to immediately supply prior to the interview a detailed Writer’s Treatment of your active project (different to your 1-page synopsis). The treatment needs to be within a minimum of 5 pages to a maximum of 10 pages.

The Incubator participants will be selected from the shortlist following the interview.

Decisions will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

 

The Incubator is made possible thanks to the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

NZFC


Questions about the Incubator?

Tui Ruwhiu
Executive Director
tui@degnz.co.nz
+64 9 360 2102

 

Please follow this link to take part in the Gender, Diversity and Inclusion in the Screen Industry Survey:
https://survey.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0fbQkfJwZOiboI5

Thanks for participating! This invitation comes from Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC). The link will be distributed by guilds and industry organisations as well as NZFC so it might come to you more than once.

By completing the questionnaire, you are automatically in a prize draw for one of five Wickedly Indulgent Grazing boxes! *Terms and conditions apply (Prize is limited to NZ residents only).

The survey is aiming to get a snapshot of people’s experiences in the screen industry to assist NZFC to identify people’s needs and create a benchmark against which to measure progress in future years.

It’ll take about 15 minutes to complete. You can jump out and jump back in if you are interrupted, just remember to press submit when you’ve completed the entire questionnaire. The survey is live from 9th of August and closes 30th of August.

The research is being undertaken by Kudos Organisational Dynamics Limited, an independent research organisation governed by the Research Association New Zealand’s Code of Practice and adhering to New Zealand’s Privacy Act 1993. NZFC may use third party partners to carry out NZFC’s functions such as managing this survey.

  • Please note that if any personal information collected by Kudos in relation to this survey is passed onto the NZFC, this information will only be used in accordance with NZFC’s Privacy Policy and New Zealand’s Privacy Act 1993. No third-party organisation will contact you as a result of your taking part in the survey.
  • Results are aggregated by Kudos and reported in a manner that doesn’t identify the respondent. So, feel free to share your story.

If you have any concerns or queries, feel free to contact Emma Xu who is managing the survey, at emma@kudos-dynamics.com.