DEGNZ invites you to apply for a one-day Directing Actors Workshop with highly experienced actor and director Ian Hughes.

Ian is a well-known actor (Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, Shortland Street, Go Girls, Xena, City Life, Lord of the Rings) who has worked with many of New Zealand’s directors and turned his hand to directing (Shortland Street, Step Dave).

Ian will employ his vast experience in this workshop to help increase director confidence and to explore a range of principles, tools and techniques that will address issues that arise in casting, rehearsal and shooting

The workshop has ten places and is aimed at directors developing projects for Fresh Shorts, Premiere Pathways, or with features in funded development.

To apply, please provide:

  • A maximum one-page letter stating why you wish to attend.
  • A CV & filmography
  • Links to examples of your work

Send your applications to with ‘Directing Actors’ in the subject line. Deadline is 5PM Friday 12 June. Successful applicants will be notified by Wed. 17 June.

Decisions regarding successful applicants will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

What: One-day Directing Actors Workshop with Ian Hughes

When: 27 June 2015, 9AM – 5PM.

Where: TBC, Auckland

Deadline: 5PM Friday, 12 June.

Cost: FREE for DEGNZ members. Non-members $100.

This workshop is made possible thanks to the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

Last updated on 12 March 2018

We’re excited to announce the successful applicants for the 2015 Feature Documentary Editing Workshop with Annie Collins, which will take place between June 5-7 in Wellington.

Congratulations are in order for :

Costa Botes
Gretchen Peterson
Natalie Johnston
Samantha Sperlich
John Silvester
James Muir
Debbie Matthews
Brough Johnson

As well as Gaylene Barnes, who will attend the workshop in the capacity of a ‘director observer’.

We look forward to an exciting and productive workshop!

Last updated on 12 March 2018

This week we’ve had successful Networking Drinks in both Wellington and Auckland with the New Zealand Writers Guild.

These drinks are a fantastic opportunity to meet fellow directors and mix and mingle with other key collaborators in the industry. Don’t be shy!


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Last updated on 12 March 2018

Thanks to everybody who attended the Collaborators Series with the Screen Composers Guild of NZ – A Relationship Guide on Tuesday May 19.

One of the biggest take aways from the evening was that often, both directors and composers want their relationship to start earlier in the process, and both parties can benefit from collaborating right at the start of a project. So directors, don’t be afraid to reach out to a composer in the ideas stage of your next project! The sooner the better.

An extra big thank you to our wonderful panelists, Bruce Lynch, Marshall Smith, Briar March and moderator Roseanne Liang, for bringing some great ideas, experiences, wisdom and entertainment to the table.

The Collaborators Series – A Relationship Guide will be available for members to view online in the near future.


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We are pleased to announce the three director attachments to the Ash vs Evil Dead (AVED) production. They are:

Regan Hall
Louise Leitch
Rene Naufahu

Each of the three will spend approximately 23 days shadowing one of the main unit directors through pre-production, shoot and post production.

Additionally, thanks to further NZFC and Starz Evil Dead NZ Ltd support, Roseanne Liang will spend 10 days with the AVED stunt coordinator, and Joe Lonie will shadow the second unit director for up to 20 days.

The attachments were hotly contested and we congratulate the successful directors on their selection for this incredible opportunity.

Last updated on 12 March 2018