Call for Applications: Editing Drama with Peter Roberts


DEGNZ invites editors to apply for an Editing Drama Workshop with Peter Roberts, award-winning editor and former President of the Guild. The 2-day workshop will be held on 14-15 April in Auckland.

Learn about narrative feature-length editing and dramatic storytelling from a highly experienced New Zealand editor. The workshop will also combine teaching with practical editing exercises. Applicants require basic skills in Avid to attend*.

Peter Roberts has cut a prolific range of documentaries, shorts, features and TV shows. In 2014, Peter edited the drama feature film The Dark Horse, documentary feature Hip Hop-eration, and the short film Dive. All three won Best Film locally and each earned him a nomination for best editor. Follow-up projects have ranged across the globe: from ensemble drama Vermilion, shot in Auckland, to American indie drama For Izzy (produced by Kiwi actor Michelle Ang) and Kiwi-Chinese fantasy Into the Rainbow. Recent TV credits include telemovie Jean and Australian drama Cleverman. Peter was the first editor president of DEGNZ.

Saturday 14 April, 9am – 5pm
Sunday 15 April, 9am – 4pm, followed by post-workshop drinks

South Seas Film and Television School, Auckland
A travel allowance is available to some DEGNZ members travelling from out of town.

Cost: DEGNZ members free, Non-members $100. Lunch will be provided each day.


Application Deadline: Wednesday 28 March, 12 noon

TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF or DOC to with ‘Editing Drama’ in the subject line. In your application, please include:

  • your CV with filmography
  • links to samples of your work
  • a maximum one-page letter explaining why you would like to attend the workshop
  • your capability with Avid: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced
  • your mobile number and any dietary requirements.

* If you are new to Avid Media Composer, a free 30-day trial is available for download to familiarise yourself with the software ahead of the workshop.

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

Call for Applications: DEGNZ Selects with Mary Magdalene Director Garth Davis


DEGNZ Selects presents this special director’s masterclass on 21 March with Lion and Top of the Lake director Garth Davis. Garth will discuss in depth the making of his latest feature Mary Magdalene, to be released in cinemas on 22 March starring Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix. Participants are encouraged to watch Mary Magdalene before the class – see below for advanced screenings.

Garth is BAFTA- and Emmy-nominated for Top of the Lake, DGA Best First Feature winner for Lion, and Gold Lion winner for his TV commercials work. This masterclass is a rare opportunity to engage with a much sought after director on the international scene.

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When: Wednesday 21 March, 9am – 12pm

Where: Hawke Sea Scouts Hall, 55 West End Road, Herne Bay, Auckland

Cost: DEGNZ members free, Non-members $50.


Application Deadline: Wednesday 14 March, 6pm

TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF or DOC to with ‘DEGNZ Selects’ in the subject line. In your application, please provide:

  • your CV/bio with filmography
  • a maximum one-page letter explaining why you would like to attend the workshop
  • your mobile number.


Thanks to Garth Davis, The Equity Foundation, the New Zealand Film Commission and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for their support of this event. 

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Advanced screenings of Mary Magdalene:

Preview Screening + Garth Davis Q&A
by The Equity Foundation
Mon 19 March, 6pm
Rialto Cinema Newmarket
Free to industry guild members – Register here

Film Talk with Garth Davis Q&A
Sun 18 March, 5pm
Rialto Cinema Newmarket
$12 discounted tickets for industry members – Buy here

Urgent Call for Applications: Drama Editor Attachment


The DEGNZ Drama Editor Attachment Scheme is a new initiative giving emerging drama editors the opportunity to advance their craft through shadowing and mentoring from an experienced drama editor.

Emerging drama editors are invited to apply for our first DEGNZ Drama Editor Attachment to editor Paul Sutorius on a telefeature about to go into production directed by John Lang.

Paul Sutorius is an highly experienced award-winning editor whose career spans feature films (Home By Christmas), documentary (Aspiring) and TV drama (800 Words, Until Proven Innocent). He is a longtime collaborator of director Gaylene Preston, beginning with Ruby and Rata in 1990, which won him a NZ Film and Television Award, and most recently My Year with Helen.


This initiative is targeted at editors who wish to move into feature film editing. It’s purpose is to allow an emerging drama editor to:

  • learn through attendance during editing, and later at director, producer and or funding body screenings about the critique and response process so vital to the successful creative collaboration required of the feature film editor.
  • get on-the-job feature-editing experience
  • receive feedback and mentoring from an experienced feature film editor in a safe environment

The opportunity for the attachment to get hands-on cutting experience is possible but entirely at the discretion of the editor, director and producers of the production. This opportunity may be limited due to the fast post-production pace required of this particular production.

This is a paid attachment and requires the successful candidate to start on 19 March 2018 in Auckland. They are also required to be a full member of DEGNZ to secure the attachment.

The duration of the attachment would be up to a maximum of 30 full days, but may well be broken down into a mixture of full days and half days. The first two weeks from 19 March are expected to be full time.


To be eligible, applicants MUST:

  1. Be a FULL member of DEGNZ
  2. Be fully competent with the AVID editing system
  3. Have some past dramatic narrative editing experience (does not have to be extensive)
  4. Be available to participate fully during the post production period, starting 19 March
  5. Most importantly, have a passionate desire to become a feature film editor



Please send your application in ONE PDF or Word DOC to with ‘Editor Attachment’ in the subject line.

Application Deadline: 5PM Wednesday 7 March 2018

Your application must include:

  • a maximum 1-page letter on why you would like to do the attachment
  • a completed Editor Attachment Application Form Cover Sheet. Download it here
  • your CV and filmography, including links to existing work

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

We look forward to receiving your applications.


This initiative has been made possible with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

Call for Applications: Director’s Workshop & Project Consultations with Rachel Perkins


The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites directors to apply for a first-time feature Director’s Workshop and Project Consultation with Australian director Rachel Perkins to be held in Auckland.

Rachel Perkins

Rachel Perkins is well established in the Australian filmmaking industry as a film and television director, producer and writer. Through these various roles she has managed to provide a much-needed voice for indigenous stories, something Rachel is very passionate about. In 1992, she founded the documentary and narrative production company Blackfella Films. The company’s achievements include the award-winning landmark documentary series First Australians.

Rachel has directed four feature films, which have screened at over 75 film festivals worldwide: Jasper Jones (2017), Bran Nue Dae (2009), One Night the Moon (2001) and Radiance (1998). She currently serves on the Board of the Charles Perkins Trust, the Council of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), and the Australian Heritage Council (Department of the Environment and Energy).

On Saturday 17 March, Rachel will give a morning half-day Director’s Workshop on the trails, tribulations and preparation for your first feature for up to 30 participants.

The afternoon will be reserved for 1-hour Project Consultations with up to four selected writer/directors or writer and director teams with a narrative drama or feature documentary project in active development.

Directors can apply for both the Workshop and Project Consultation, or just the Workshop if you do not have a project currently in active development.


When: Saturday 17 March. Workshop – 8.30am to 12pm. Project Consultations will be held from 12.45 to 5.30pm.

Where: Auckland
Travel assistance may be available for some DEGNZ members coming from out of Auckland.

DEGNZ members – Free
Non-members – Workshop $50 / Project Consultation $100 (Workshop attendance free)
Payable upon successful application.

Selected projects may bring along the writer(s) to the consultation session at no extra cost.


TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF or DOC to with ‘Rachel Perkins Workshop’ in the subject line.

In your application, please provide:

  • your CV/bio, filmography and mobile number.

To apply for a Project Consultation, please also provide:

  • a short letter detailing the reasons why you would like a consultation on your project
  • a CV/bio and filmography for the writer(s) if applying as a writer and director team
  • your project in active development:

Narrative Drama – logline, short synopsis, 1-pager, feature-length script (first draft or later).


Feature Documentary – logline, short synopsis, detailed treatment.


Application Deadline: 9am, Wednesday 28 February.


This event is brought to you with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission and the Australian Screen Directors Authorship Collecting Society (ASDACS).

Bryn Evans Lands Mentorship with Canadian Doco Maker Jennifer Baichwal

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29 January 2016

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is thrilled to announce Bryn Evans as the recipient of our International Director’s Mentorship with award winning Canadian filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal.

“I feel both excited and inspired by the prospect of being mentored by Jennifer and anticipate that it will have an immense impact on my development as a filmmaker and the project we will be developing together,” said Evans.

“Bryn has a deep understanding of documentary possibility, and a clear expertise with form, as evidenced in his earlier work,” said Baichwal. “I commend Jennifer Baichwal imagehis desire to push the boundaries, and am looking forward to being part of that creative journey.”

For more than 20 years, Jennifer Baichwal has been making award-winning and critically acclaimed documentaries with Nick de Pencier through the pair’s Toronto-based company, Mercury Films Inc.

Baichwal’s strong documentary background and international success make her an ideal mentor for Evans, whose latest documentary feature Hip Hop-eration has screened in official selection around the world, from its world premiere at the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam to the DocAviv Documentary International Film Festival. It has also won a slew of awards including Best Documentary at the 2014 Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards and the Audience Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival.

“Jennifer’s approach to documentary is different than Bryn’s prior work, which should prove challenging and highy interesting for Bryn as a filmmaker,” said Executive Director of DEGNZ Tui Ruwhiu. “Her long experience in theatrical documentary will also give him great insights for the future.”

Currently, Baichwal is working on her latest feature documentary Anthropocene, the third in a trilogy of feature documentaries preceded by Watermark (2014) and Manufactured Landscapes (2006). Anthropocene follows an international group of geologists who want to change the name of our present interglacial epoch ‘Holocene’ to ‘Anthropocene’ in recognition of human impact.

As part of the mentorship, Jennifer will visit New Zealand to work with Bryn on developing his next project, A Season for Persimmons. This documentary delves into the story of Kiwi nurse Kathleen Hall who put herself on the line to smuggle medical supplies to the needy in China.

The mentorship is an industry professional development initiative funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and managed by DEGNZ. The overall intention of the International Director’s Mentorship is to inspire a promising New Zealand director and demystify the international film industry. The experience offers 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.


For further information, please contact:

Tui Ruwhiu

Executive Director

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ                  021-659-950

Bryn Evans

From searing reportage of some of the world’s conflict zones to personal journeys into one’s culture, Bryn has a passion for exposing the political, social and personal stories of the world that we live in.

After a successful international career as a photojournalist Bryn made his debut documentary with ‘The Great Game – Afghanistan’ (2002) an intimate profile of the Taliban National Cricket Team and their first International tour to Pakistan.

Since returning to New Zealand in 2003 Bryn has also directed and produced numerous current affairs and documentary productions, but in 2008 made his first cinematic feature length documentary; ‘From Street to Sky’ through the support of Maori Television.

An opportunity again came in 2014 to write and direct the hugely successful documentary Hip Hop-eration, which was a local box office success and has gone on to screen at cinemas around the world.

Its world premier was at the prestigious Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA). It won the Audience Awards at it’s US premier in Santa Barbara, the Two Rivers Film Festival in Poland and picked up the Best Feature Documentary Award at the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival in the US. It also screened at the Cannes Film Festival and the Berlinale Film Festival market places.

Bryn’s current development slate is a reflection of his desire to work in feature length documentary – developing concepts with visual scope, entertainment value, non-conventional treatments and profoundly human, universal stories, with strong character-arcs.

Jennifer Baichwal

Jennifer Baichwal was born in Montréal and grew up in Victoria, British Columbia. She studied philosophy and theology at McGill University and received an M.A. in 1994, supported by a McGill Major Fellowship and a 2 year FCAR Master’s Scholarship.

She has been directing and producing documentaries for 15 years. Her first film, Looking You In The Back of the Head, an enquiry into the problem of personal identity, asked thirteen women to try to describe themselves and was first broadcast, to critical acclaim, on TVOntario’s From the Heart. It subsequently sold for broadcast across Canada.

Let it Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, her first feature documentary, won a 1999 International Emmy for Best Arts Documentary. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1998 and was nominated that year for a Best Feature Documentary Genie Award. It won Best Biography at Hot Docs in 1999 and was picked up for theatrical release by Mongrel Media in Canada, Zeitgeist Films in the U.S., and Uplink in Japan. The film has been sold for broadcast all over the world, and has been selected for a number of international film and television festivals, including Jerusalem, Buenos Aires, FIPA, Banff (where it received a Rockie nomination), Istanbul and Edinburgh.

The Holier It Gets documents a trek Baichwal took with her brother and two sisters to the source of the Ganges river with her father’s ashes. The film won Best Independent Canadian Film and Best Cultural Documentary at Hot Docs 2000, Geminis for Best Editing and Best Writing and was nominated for the Donald Brittain Award and the Chalmers Documentarian Award. It was commissioned by TVOntario and features music by Ravi Shankar and John McLaughlin.

The True Meaning of Pictures is a feature length film on the work of Appalachian photographer Shelby Lee Adams. It was commissioned by TVOntario, Bravo!, SBS Australia and Discovery Germany. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2002 and was invited to the Sundance International Film Festival in January 2003. It won a Gemini award for Best Arts Documentary in 2003 and has played at numerous international festivals. The film was released on dvd by Docurama/New Video in October 2003.

Baichwal, along with Nick de Pencier, was commissioned in 2003-4 to make 40 short films on artists who have been supported over the past four decades by the Ontario Arts Council. These include writer Michael Ondaatje, artist Michael Snow, pianist Eve Egoyan and playwright Judith Thompson, and are in periodic rotation on TVOntario. The collection received a 2006 Gemini nomination for Best Direction in a Performing Arts Program or Series.

Manufactured Landscapes, a feature documentary about the work of artist Edward Burtynsky, was a co-production between Mercury Films, Foundry Films and the National Film Board. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2006 and won Best Canadian Feature Film, and has since received a number of other awards, notably a Genie for Best Documentary, Al Gore’s Reel Current Award and the 2006 Toronto Film Critics’ Award for Best Canadian Feature and Best Documentary 2006. It played theatrically in over 15 territories worldwide, after a prolonged and successful run in Canada.

Act of God, a feature documentary on the metaphysical effects of being struck by lightning and another collaboration between Mercury and Foundry, opened the Hot Docs Film Festival in April 2009 and was released in Canada afterwards by Mongrel Media. It has since played at a number of international festivals, and was released by Zeitgeist Films in the U.S. and Against Gravity in Poland. The film features Paul Auster, Dannion Brinkley and Fred Frith. It was commissioned by The Documentary Channel in Canada, Arte in France and Channel 4 in the U.K.

In 2011 Baichwal completed Payback, a documentary adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, with the National Film Board of Canada and Ravida Din (Executive Producer, Quebec Production Centre). The film premiered in World Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2012 and was released in Canada (Mongrel Media) in March, 2012 and the U.S. in April, 2012.

Watermark is a feature documentary film about human interaction with water around the world and marks Baichwal and de Pencier’s second collaboration with Edward Burtynsky. The documentary is co-directed by Burtynsky, produced and filmed by de Pencier. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2013, was a box office success in Canada, playing theatres for 4 months. It won the Toronto Film Critic’s Association prize for Best Canadian Film in Jan 2014 and Best Documentary at the the Canadian Screen Awards 2014. It has been released in 10 territories around the world.

Baichwal is currently in research for another feature documentary project, Anthropocene, with Nick de Pencier and Edward Burtynsky, which will mark the third in a trilogy of collaborative films including Watermark and Manufactured Landscapes.

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ is a not-for-profit membership organisation that represents Directors and Editors in the New Zealand screen industry. This includes Directors and Editors of feature drama and documentary; television drama, documentary and factual programmes; short films; video art; animation; commercials and web content.

DEGNZ’s two primary roles are advocacy and professional development. We:

  • are dedicated to promoting excellence in the arts of directing and editing.
  • foster collegiality and unity within the screen industry.
  • promote members’ creative and economic rights.
  • work to improve industry working conditions and remuneration.
  • offer professional advice and information on contracts and industry standards and practice.
  • offer professional development events, networking opportunities, career advice, dispute resolution, mentoring, workshops, training, discounts and regular news bulletins for members across all levels of expertise, from novices to seasoned professionals.
  • are a voice for Directors and Editors in influencing policy in the interest of our members. We do this through our membership of the pan‐industry group SINZ (Screen Industry New Zealand), and by making submissions to government and public officials.
  • Internationally work co-operatively with other guilds and we belong to the International Affiliation of English‐Speaking Directors’ Organisations (IEASDO).

DEGNZ is Auckland-based with an office in Grey Lynn.

Contact Details:

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ

Level 2, 66 Surrey Crescent, Grey Lynn

P.O. Box 47-294, Ponsonby