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2020 DEGNZ Incubator

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is delighted to introduce the seven directors selected for the fourth DEGNZ Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator:

Michelle Ang, Charlotte Evans, Pennie Hunt, Stella Reid, Rachel Ross, Jessica Grace Smith and Kathleen Winter

From June onwards, the directors will take part in five one-day workshops tailored to provide specific knowledge, networks, skills, and inspiration to enable them to advance themselves and their careers. The 2020 programme is organised by DEGNZ, facilitated by producer Philippa Campbell and made possible with the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission. Philippa is an Emmy, Golden Globe and PGA award nominee as the producer of Jane Campion’s international hit television series Top of the Lake and Top of the Lake: China Girl.

We look forward to mentoring this talented group of filmmakers!

 

MICHELLE ANG is an Emmy and Logie nominated actress with work spanning New Zealand, Australia and the USA. She won Best Actress at the New Zealand Film Awards for My Wedding And Other Secrets. She has had the privilege of working with top directors such as Jane Campion, Jodie Foster, John Hillcoat and Steven Soderbergh. Her performances have been seen at festivals including Sundance, Cannes, Berlin. She produced her first feature For Izzy, attended the Sundance Director Lab 2018 and has directed music videos. She is currently in post-production for her self-funded short film NAI (Milk), which she wrote, directed and produced in Los Angeles. She was accepted into the MAP Screen Development Producer Training course and is working on creating a slate of projects.

Michelle Ang

CHARLOTTE EVANS is a Film Director based in Auckland, NZ. She started her film career in London in 2008 where she trained as a film editor for 2 years under the guidance of award-winning film editor Rick Waller. Charlotte has created music videos for a number of prominent artists such as Kimbra, Aldous Harding, Benee and Marlon Williams. In 2018 Charlotte’s directed an all-female team to create a film that commemorated 125 years of suffrage in New Zealand, with funding from NZ On Air. This project received an Honoree Webby Award, Silver at the NZCINE awards, Silver at Best Design Awards and Won Best Costume Design at NZTV awards. Four of Charlotte’s music videos made official selection at the Clipped Music Video Festival 2019. Recently Charlotte and her team of female filmmakers were selected for Loading Docs 2020 for their Short doco on Chlöe Swarbrick, who will also be the subject for a longer-form documentary. She is currently in production on a short doco about Rob Tennent and in development on a short film with comedians Hamish Parkinson and Brynley Stent.

Charlotte Evans

PENNIE HUNT is a writer and director based in Port Chalmers, Dunedin. She began making films during her nine years living and working in Germany with her shorts Earth, Hell, Heaven (financed by the Bavarian Film Commission) and Freakwave showing internationally including at Palm Springs, Hof and Aesthetica.

In 2016 Pennie returned to New Zealand and embarked on a Postgraduate Diploma in Filmmaking while working on her third short Milk. Funded by grants from Short Film Otago and the Dunedin City Council, as well as a successful crowdfunding campaign, Milk continues its run at festivals around the world.

With a slate of female-centric screenplays across several genres, Pennie is an accomplished storyteller. Her debut feature Riding Blind was the recipient of an Otago Southland Writer’s Residency and a NZWG Seed Grant in 2019.

Pennie Hunt

STELLA REID, wahine Pākehā, hails from Te Whanganui-A-Tara. A graduate of Toi Whakaari, Stella has won a Scotsman Fringe First, a Stage UK Acting Excellence Award, and was a 2019 nominee for Wellingtonian of the Year (Arts). Her NZ On Air, NZ Film Commission and The Body Shop funded short film, Drop Down Globe, which was a Someday Story, can be viewed on Māori Television OnDemand. A lifelong love affair with short stories has slowly developed into an anthology webseries, BURBS, of which she directed and wrote several episodes. The series, a love letter to Wellington, has tens of thousands of views on Youtube. Recently she has devised and performed in Small Ponds, a TV proof of concept, by Duncan Sarkies. Before lockdown she was the acting coach on the feature film Poppy, and developing a short film with writer Eamonn Marra for an anthology based on the book Headlands. She is looking ahead to being the Write Room Wellington Screenwriter Resident for 2020.

Stella Reid

RACHEL ROSS’ shorts credits include 2011’s Taylor receiving top mention in its category at Fort Lauderdale Film Festival, 2017’s NZIFF premiere and MIFF selection Have You Tried, Maybe, Not Worrying? and NZ Show Me Shorts Premiere and BAFTA-Qualifying Aesthetica for comedy piece Number Two. Rachel was selected for the 2017 Accelerator Lab in Melbourne with Have You Tried, Maybe, Not Worrying? Earlier in 2017 Rachel was the recipient of a 2017 New Zealand Film Commission’s Talent Development Grant. This $10,000 screenwriting grant enabled her to spend 8 weeks at the New York Film Academy developing her first feature screenplay.

In June 2019 Rachel was the recipient of the New Zealand Film Commission Grant, Catalyst He Kauahi. This grant dedicates $75,000 towards her short Green (on top of $8,000 Boosted funding) and $10,000 towards further script development for her feature Exhale. Rachel is now in post-production for Green and in development with Exhale.

Rachel Ross

JESSICA GRACE SMITH is a New Zealand actor, writer and director currently based in Auckland. Jessica graduated from Toi Whakaari in 2009 and over the past ten years acting she has observed many different directing styles. Of these she has integrated those which most resonated with her as a performer and storyteller in her own directing work. Her directorial debut, Everybody Else Is Taken (2017) won a Jury Award at the Academy-Award accredited Palm Springs International ShortFest and went on to screen at many festivals worldwide. Her second short FLIP (2019), funded by the NZFC, premiered at Toronto After Dark and just won an award (TBA) at ConCarolinas Short Film Festival in North Carolina. Her most recent work is Bondi Slayer, a Screen Australia funded digital series, shot on location in Sydney. Jessica has a passion for working on female driven projects, and makes a considered effort to approach women first when forming her crew.

Jessica Grace Smith

KATHLEEN WINTER is an independent filmmaker of Irish and Pākehā descent based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington. She is a graduate of the New Zealand Film and Television School and Robin Laing Scholarship recipient.

Her short documentary and web-series work has centered politically challenging stories that reflect real lives and uplift communities.

Topics her recent work has explored include:

  • Takatāpuitanga and Pride spaces (in the short film He Kākano Ahau – From The Spaces In Between)
  • The experiences of women working minimum-wage jobs in Aotearoa (in the web-series Minimum, supported by NZOnAir for RNZ)
  • Colonisation and Pākehā responsibility (in the web-series Land of the Long White Cloud, supported by NZOnAir for The NZ Herald and RNZ).

She is interested in stories of gender and sexual diversity, local history and grassroots movements, nerd culture, tino rangatiratanga and re-indigenisation, working-class and women’s stories, and ultimately – revolution.

Kathleen Winter

Peter Burger

Call for Applications – This two-day workshop is aimed at providing directors with practical tools that they can bring to their productions, both in pre-production and on set. We’ll work on the shape of pre-production (when do I prep what?), how to really read a script, blocking a scene on set, working with actors, the emotions of lenses, running a shoot day, budgeting your shoot time, and managing your own energy (very important!). Attendees will be expected to have done some amount of directing for screen, but want to develop their long form drama-directing experience further. We invite emerging to mid-career directors to apply.

About Peter Burger

Peter Meteherangi Tikao Burger is one of New Zealand’s premiere drama directors. He started his directing career making television commercials in the nineties. In 2001 his first tele-feature Fish Skin Suit won Best Drama in the Qantas NZTV awards, and the same year his short film Tūrangawaewae was selected for Critics’ Week at Cannes. Since then Peter has directed one feature film, seven tele-features, and more than thirty episodes of television drama. Recently, Peter was the lead director on The Dead Lands, a Māori action thriller series for the American network AMC, and is in post production on the upcoming TVNZ/Channel 7 production One Lane Bridge.

Workshop Details

Price:
DEGNZ member – Free
Non-member – $180

Lunch and refreshments provided

When:
Saturday 21 March 2020, 9.30am – 5.30pm
Sunday 22 March 2020, 9.30am – 4.30pm

Where: MTG RM, 2 Kingsland Terrace, Kingsland, Auckland

Travel Allowances:
If selected to attend, DEGNZ Full members may apply for financial assistance of up to $250 (incl. GST) towards their travel costs.

  • DEGNZ has up to 2 travel allowances available for this workshop.
  • Applicants must live in the South Island.
  • For further information and criteria, see here.

To Apply

Applications Close: 4PM, Friday 6 March 

STEP 1: Complete the registration form below.

STEP 2: Send in one PDF to tema@degnz.co.nz:

  • your CV or bio with filmography, and
  • a brief, maximum 1-page letter that summarises why you would like to participate and what you hope to gain from the workshop.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

 

Registration Form

 

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Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be received by Sunday 15 March. Refunds can take up to approximately 10 working days to process.

 

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

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The Gulf

Call for Applications – Deepen your knowledge of the craft in this Directors Toolkit with experienced director Charlie Haskell. The two-day workshop, run by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ, will be held in Wellington on 16 – 17 November.

Charlie Haskell will provide a practical guide to emerging directors as to what the craft of directing is really all about. It will cover such topics as understanding the script, telling the story visually, inspiring great performances and running an inspirational set. There will be an emphasis on effective communication and how to get the best out of the creative team, and of course, how to deal with the ticking clock.

About Charlie Haskell

Charlie HaskellCharlie has been a freelance director in the New Zealand film and television industry for the past 25 years, initially specialising in action as a 2nd Unit Director (Hercules, Xena: Warrior Princess), before moving on to drama. He has directed on a wide variety of NZ and international productions, such as Power Rangers, The Almighty Johnsons, telefeature Tangiwai – A Love Story and docudrama Pirates of the Airwaves. He has worked on three seasons of the Starz network show Ash vs Evil Dead in the dual role of 2nd Unit Director/Associate Producer. Recently, Charlie directed two episodes of the Danish/NZ co-production Straight Forward, as well as being lead director on Germany/NZ co-production The Gulf. He is passionate about projects that combine great storytelling with global outreach.

Workshop Details

Price:
DEGNZ member – Free
Non-member – $180

Lunch and refreshments provided

When:
Saturday 16 November 2019, 9am – 5pm
Sunday 17 November 2019, 9am – 4pm

Where: Te Kāhui Auaha (New Zealand Film and Television School), 65 Dixon St, Te Aro, Wellington

To Apply

Applications Close: 9AM, Friday 1 November 

STEP 1: Complete the registration form below.

STEP 2: Send in one PDF to tema@degnz.co.nz:

  • your bio and CV/filmography, and
  • a brief, maximum 1-page letter that summarises why you would like to participate and what you hope to gain from the workshop.

Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Travel Allowances
DEGNZ Full members may apply for financial assistance of up to $250 (incl. GST) towards their travel costs.

  • DEGNZ has up to 2 travel allowances available for this workshop.
  • Applicants must live outside the Wellington region.
  • For further information and criteria, see here.

Registration Form

 

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Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be received by Sunday 10 November. Refunds can take up to approximately 10 working days to process.

 

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

NZFC

DEGNZ is thrilled to announce the selection of the Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator participants for 2019.

Once again we have a stellar group of women directors who have shown considerable talent in their areas of endeavor. We look forward to welcoming them to the Incubator, which is designed to provide them with information, knowledge and networks so that they can advance their projects and professional skills, with the aim of seeing them go on to sustainable careers as directors.

This is the third year that DEGNZ has run the Incubator, made possible with the financial assistance of the New Zealand Film Commission and Vista Foundation.

The participants for 2019:

 

ANNA DUCKWORTH has a Bachelor of Communications Studies, Major in Video Production, Minor in Advertising from AUT University. She’s worked in film and television for almost a decade in both New York City and Auckland. Her focus early on was Producing, but she has recently moved her focus to writing and directing.

Anna wrote and directed three self-funded short films: Fomo (2011), Full Disclosure (2016) and Mum Jeans (2017), which screened at the 2018 New Zealand International Film Festival.

After working as a script advisor on not-safe-for-work feminist web series Psusy, Anna was invited to direct season 2, which went on to screen at New Orleans Film Festival, Seattle Webfest, DC Webfest, Melbourne Web Series Festival and won the Best Episodic Jury Prize at the 2018 LA Film Festival.

In 2018, Anna was granted production funding for two projects as writer/director. The first was an NZFC Fresh Short film Pain. The second was part of the TVNZ New Blood initiative, Butt Dial, a six-part web series.

Anna has twice won Best Director at 48Hours Competition, with her team being three time National Finalists.

Anna Duckworth

MARINA ALOFAGIA MCCARTNEY was born and raised in Manukau City, New Zealand. From a Geordie father, Samoan mother and Cook Islands step-mother, she is powerfully aware of her cultural heritage, how this affects the way we are viewed and how we view others.  After just over a decade in the fashion industry, as Miss New Zealand and one of the few fashion models of Pacific descent, she returned to the University of Auckland to study film and graduated with a MA (First Class Honours).

She is an award-winning filmmaker with films featuring in over 30 festivals, including Palm Springs ShortFest, NZ’s Best Short Film in the NZ International Film Festival, ImagiNATIVE, Hawai’i International Film Festival and the NZ Script Writer Awards.  Her latest film Vai, a portmanteau feature film made with another 8 Pacific female writer and directors, is currently doing the festival rounds, opening the NATIVe section at the 2019 Berlinale, SXSW and Māoriland with other festivals to follow.

Marina is an experienced teaching fellow, formally based at Pacific Studies, University of Auckland, and her academic areas of expertise are Pacific Studies, Pacific filmmaking, Pacific representation on screen and representations of the Pacific woman.  She is also a PhD candidate exploring Pacific filmmaking at AUT University, proud mother to her daughter, Alena Sevai, and is currently working on her feature film, The Return.

Marina McCartney

JESSICA SANDERSON is a director from a design and theatre background. Of Māori and Pākehā descent, the varied lives of her family influence the stories she tells – the majority of which are about the people of Aotearoa and the wider Pacific.

Jessica has a Bachelor of Performance Design, a joint degree from both Massey University and Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School, which has influenced the strong visual and conceptual approach she applies to her projects. She has created music videos for some of Aotearoa’s most prolific artists, including; Aaradhna, Shapeshifter, Stan Walker, Tama Waipara, Ria Hall, Kora and more.

Jessica has recently finished her first short film Ways To See, funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and produced by her long-time collaborator Desray Armstrong (Sandy Lane Productions). She is currently directing an eight-part documentary television series called Moko produced by Velvestsone Media and is in script development for a feature film Wai.

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CLAIRE VAN BEEK is a writer/director from Banks Peninsula, New Zealand. After graduating from Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School with a Bachelor in Performing Arts, Claire worked on TV commercials with Jake Scott (Alien, Welcome to the Rileys) and Garth Davis (Lion, Top of the Lake) as well as writing and acting for theatre. After becoming a “NZ Young Playwright of the Year” Claire moved into film.

Recently, Claire travelled to Portland to work with Debra Granik (Winter’s Bone) on Debra’s latest film Leave No Trace before returning to Aotearoa to shoot her NZFC Fresh Shorts funded film DANIEL, edited by Oscar winner John Gilbert (Lord of the Rings, Hacksaw Ridge).

Claire’s  focus is on female-centric, visually distinctive stories.  She is currently in preparation for her next films Black Camel (Fresh Short finalist), The Mill and The Milkman, and is in development for her first feature.

Claire van Beek

URSULA WILLIAMS gained a Bachelor of Communications (majoring in television directing) and Honours in Documentary Film at AUT University.

She went on to direct and produce  The King,  a short documentary film, as a part of her Master’s thesis (taking first-class honours). The King won the audience award at the NZIFF for best short and showcased at the Sydney Film Festival 2016. The same year, Ursula won the Inaugural Bright Sunday Emerging Pasifika Director Award with this film at the Wāiroa Maori Film Festival.

In 2017, Ursula produced and directed selected  Surreal Estate  for Loading Docs (2017), and for the WIRELESS Aupito – The High Chief, which picked up a bronze at the NZ Cinematographer Awards.

Ursula currently works for VICE New Zealand. Her most recent documentary  Deportees of Tonga: Gangster’s in Paradise, has so far been viewed by over five million people worldwide one month after release. The series Zealandia, which she also produced and directed, has been picked up by networks globally, and received more than 10 million views. Zealandia was nominated for an array of awards including  Best News Video, Best Feature Video, Best Editorial Feature  and  Best Team Video  at New Zealand’s 2019 Voyager Media Awards.

Ursula Williams

Director Jason Stutter

Innovative New Zealand director Jason Stutter leads this two-day workshop offering a practical guide to directing for emerging directors of short films and feature-length projects. The Directors Toolkit aims to establish a professional approach to filming and underline the keys to good work.

Over the weekend, we will cover working with professional actors, non-actors, and different scales of production crew. We will take you through pre-production, casting, production, post-production and how to get your final film out into the world of festivals and markets.

 

About Jason Stutter

Jason Stutter’s first movie was cult kung-fu caper Tongan Ninja (2002). Since then he has alternated features – self-funded comedy Edwin: My Life as a Koont, stylish Ronald Hugh Morrieson adaptation Predicament – with shorts, including the hit Careful… series beginning with Careful with that Axe, riffing on the dangers of inattentive tool use. His most recent feature, haunted house tale The Dead Room, was released in New Zealand in 2015.

 

When:
Sat 4 May, 9am – 5pm
Sun 5 May, 9am – 3:30pm

Where: Sherwood Queenstown, 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown 9300

A travel allowance may be available to DEGNZ members travelling from out of town with preference given to South Island members.

Class: 20 max

Film Otago Southland will also be hosting a Film Industry Networking Night at the Sherwood on Saturday 4 May at 5:30pm. This will be a chance for workshop attendees and local industry alike to meet and mingle in the cosy warmth of the Sherwood over a drink and some nibbles! All are welcome (you don’t need to attend the workshop to come along), and there is no cost. RSVP to the Film Industry Networking Night, here.

 

Workshop Enrolment

Cost: DEGNZ members – Free, Non-members – $100
Lunch and refreshments provided each day.

For non-members, payment must by made in full prior to the start of the workshop to confirm a booking. We accept payment by credit/debit card and direct credit.

Make a Booking:  

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Cancellation and Refunds: Cancellations will be accepted up until 24 hours before the workshop start time. If you wish to receive a refund, you must advise DEGNZ by Tuesday 30 April. A $3.00 cancellation fee will be incurred. Payments will be refunded in full if DEGNZ cancels the workshop. Refunds can take up to approximately 10 working days to process.

 

This workshop is presented by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ with the support of Film Otago Southland and funding from the NZ Film Commission.

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