Call for applications: Feature Documentary Editing Workshop with Annie Collins


The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites applications for a feature film documentary editing workshop with celebrated editor Annie Collins.

Annie is one of New Zealand’s most highly regarded editors in both documentary and drama. Her experience is extensive, encompassing projects with the likes of Merata Mita (Patu!) and Barry Barclay (The Neglected Miracle) to more recently with Rob Sarkies (Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story) and Jess Feast (Gardening with Soul).

Annie has a very clear process that lies at the heart of her successful feature documentaries, and which she would like to share with others.

You will cover:

  • What IS the Kaupapa?
  • Who are we talking to?
  • When it is essential for the director NOT to be present?
  • How to avoid superficial handling of the footage.
  • Systems that will give editor and director perfect freedom to create.
  • When to answer questions and when to let the questions answer themselves.
  • Finding and understanding what isn’t being said.
  • Working collaboratively with the director.

Eight positions are available on the workshop to be held in Wellington for editors with medium to advanced experience in documentary. Each editor will have an Avid to use with footage supplied.

The workshop will begin with an opening session on Friday 5 June from 6 – 9pm, followed by two full days on the Saturday and Sunday. Lunch will be provided each full day.

The selection panel will comprise Annie, and guild president and editor Peter Roberts. The selection will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Travel assistance may be available from the NZ Film Commission.

What: Documentary Features Editing Workshop with Annie Collins
When: Friday 6 – 9pm 5 June, 6 & 7 June 2015
Where: NZ Film & Television School, 86 Vivian Street Wellington
Fee: DEGNZ members free, non-members $100

To Apply:

Please send:

  • an email to with Doco Workshop in the subject line
  • a CV
  • links to samples of your work
  • a maximum one-page letter stating why you should be selected.

Deadline: 5PM Monday 11 May 2015
Notification: By Monday 18 May 2015

This event is brought to you through the financial support of the New Zealand Film Commission.

Last updated on 28 April 2015