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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.

Four Table Reads per year on Saturdays @NZWG HQ in Grey Lynn.

How to Submit a Script

DEGNZ and NZWG members are invited to apply for the script component.

Submit a full-length draft feature film script for your name to go into the draw for a day-long table read (names remain for subsequent draws).

WRITER + DIRECTOR* (OR WRITER/DIRECTOR) – Submit script via email to – Please check these details before you enter:

*Either/both must be a member(s) of NZWG/DEGNZ:

  • A solo Writer/Director must be a member of either NZWG or DEGNZ.
  • In a Writer-Director team, the Writer must be a member of NZWG, AND the Director must be a member of DEGNZ.

When you enter, please include this information:

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

Actors: Call for Applicants for Table Read #4

We are looking for actors to work together with writers and directors on a script-in-development table read. Actors must be members of Equity New Zealand.

Actors, please register your interest below and the NZWG will contact you if you are cast. You will be paid a nominal fee for your participation.


Table Read #4

Open: 24 September
Close: 29 October
Table Read: 10 November

A Joint Initiative brought to you by:
With warm thanks to the New Zealand Film Commission

Speed Pitching - DEGNZ Women Filmmakers Incubator

DEGNZ is running the Women Filmmakers Incubator again in 2018 with eight talented, emerging women filmmakers: Chantelle Burgoyne, Linda Darby-Coring, Hiona Henare, Abi King-Jones, Agnes Peel-McGregor, Lauren Porteous, Michelle Savill and Asuka Sylvie.

The New Zealand Writers Guild (NZWG) and DEGNZ are issuing this call for mid to experienced level screenwriters of either guild to pitch their feature film projects to these directors in Workshop 3 of the Incubator.

There are eight writer spaces available. Each screenwriter will have ten minutes to pitch their project to the directors, with the directors pitching themselves back to the screenwriters.

The speed dating session for the pitching will take place on Monday 30 July 2018 in Kingsland, Auckland. Details on the venue will be provided to the successful applicants.

Applications to include the following

  • A short biography of the screenwriter (and producer if attached)
  • A one-pager of the project
  • A script or a treatment/outline
  • Contact details for the applicant incl. contact phone number and email

Project guidelines

A feature length idea that has been through any form of development. Projects that have complete scripts or detailed treatments/outlines will be accepted. A project can have one rejection through the NZFC EDF pathway. A project with two rejections is ineligible.

All applicants must be a member of either NZWG or DEGNZ.

All applications and queries to be sent through to

Deadline for screenwriter applications: 20 July 2018

What: Women Filmmakers Incubator – Speed dating pitching session for 8 screenwriters with feature length projects.
When: Monday 30 July 2018
Where: Kingsland, Auckland