The Directors and Editors Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand is pleased to announce the lineup of directors chosen for the Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator 2023.

The participants selected for our seventh year of the Incubator will go through a series of one-day workshops designed to advance their projects and move them more rapidly towards sustainable careers as directors in the screen industry.

The DEGANZ Incubator was started to address the paucity of female directors in scripted content and feature film in New Zealand. Since its beginning in 2016, 48 female directors, including this year’s intake, have been selected for the programme, with many continuing to advance and make significant achievements in their directing careers across features, commercials, TV drama, scripted shows, online content, and documentary.

We congratulate this year’s intake on their selection and thank all who applied to take part.

About the Participants

Jaya Beach-Robertson is a Pakeha emerging writer/director residing in Tāmaki Makaurau. Born and raised in Seattle, USA, she moved to Whakatū, Aotearoa, at the ripe age of nine with her family. Her protagonists are outsiders, othered, always flawed, and land somewhere on the spectrum of unusual to outright strange – a genuine reflection of herself and her upbringing. In 2016 she released the first season of PSUSY, a self-funded web series that premiered internationally at the New Orleans Film Festival. The still self-funded second season of PSUSY won best web series at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Through this win, she gained representation with a literary manager at Silver Lining Entertainment. In 2022, Jaya directed the 10-part docu-series for RNZ’s TAHI Point of View (a.k.a. POV) that looks into the lives of young people in small-town Aotearoa. Later that year, she assisted the showrunner on the second season of HBO Max’s Our Flag Means Death. She has contributed to writers’ rooms for Kevin & Co, Greenstone TV, and i te ahiahi.

Victoria Boult (Ngāi Tahu) is a director, writer and development producer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. After undertaking a Bachelor of Arts (Honours I) in English Literature and Film Theory at the University of Sydney, Victoria became the Development Executive at Great Southern Television in July 2020. External to Great Southern Television, Victoria has written on Ahikaaroa (nominated for Best Writer at the 2022 NZ Web Fest Awards), storylined on a number of television series, and was selected to participate in SPADA’S Collaboration in Action workshop (2021), the Show Me Shorts Development Lab (2023) and Screen Canberra’s POD program (2023). She was the Trainee Director on the documentary Swipe With Caution (TVNZ, 2022) and was shortlisted for Fresh Shorts (2023) with her short film Invisible Dragons, which she wrote and will direct. The outcome of this is pending. In November 2021, Victoria was selected for the NZOA/Screen Australia/Tik Tok Every Voice initiative and received $50,000 to write/direct her series, n00b. n00b was released in July 2022 and, thus far, has garnered over 12,000 followers, 1.5 million views and 11,000 likes.

Ella Gilbert (Rongowhakaata/Ngāti Kahungunu) is based in Te Whanganui-a-Tara and works as an actor, acting coach, theatre and filmmaker. She is a graduate of Toi Whakaari and trained with Araitepō, a Mātauranga Māori high performance leadership programme. Last year Ella wrote and directed the short film Mary Mary, which screened at the prestigious Clermont-Ferrand Festival – Short Film Market Picks 2023. Her previous films, made on Super8mm with collective Don’t Shoot Films, have screened and successfully competed in London, Portugal, Mumbai and Aotearoa. Ella is currently in residence with Write Room Wellington, a three-month screenwriting residency. She is in the thick of draft one of her debut feature, The Desert Road. Ella is proud to be an artist in Aotearoa.

Isla Macleod was awarded NZ Broadcasting School’s Julian Walker Scholarship as the top graduate of her year. She has a Masters Degree in Screenwriting from Victoria University’s IIML and received the Project Scholarship for her thesis feature screenplay and travelled to the Globe Theatre, London, for a summer internship. She won the nationwide New Blood; funding competition and co-created/ wrote/ directed a web series called Oddly Even for TVNZ onDemand. She was selected for the 2022 Tahuna screenwriter’s residency in Queenstown and has directed video packages of Dancing With the Stars NZ as a Field Director. She has directed several short films and has several projects in development with HODs attached. This year she has commenced training at TAP’s Director’s intensive, which grants two spots every second year for a dedicated and practical year led by industry leaders. She is driven to tell stories that challenge perspectives, often working with themes of duality and resilience.

Harriett Maire is a Tāmaki Makaurau-based director with work spanning across commercials, film, theatre and documentaries. Harriett began as a trained actor before realising her true calling was on the other side of the process. In 2015, she graduated as Television and Screen Production graduate of the year at AUT. Her projects have won awards internationally, and her first short film continues to tour the world seven years after its initial release. With a holistic understanding of storytelling, Harriett is known for creating comprehensive and empathetic works. Her performance-directing style highlights subtle nuances and detailed characterisation. Harriett’s passion for storytelling and her ability to bring out the best in her actors make her a sought-after director in the industry.

Jaimee Poipoi (Ngati Kahungunu/Ngāpuhi) has worked on a range of projects over the past nine years, from local films like Red, White, and Brass (2023) to international tent pole films like the next Avatar movies (2022 & 2024). Once described as a creative Swiss army knife, she created/directed the RNZ Investigative comedy series ConspiraSeries (2022), co-hosted/directed the 70s-themed RNZ comedy Podcast, The Art of Entertaining (2022), and has produced and directed many films through her company Electric Shoelace Productions – including two animated short films Who Sneezed and Star Sailors which are set to premiere at this year’s Māoriland Film Festival (2023). Naturally drawn to unique and interesting stories, Jaimee aims to create content with a focus on diverse people through a comedic lens.

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Today, the Directors and Editors Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand is thrilled to announce the seven female directors selected for the Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator 2022.

They are Mary-Lyn Chambers, Mīria George, Jolin Lee, Magnolia Lowe, Mia Maramara, Fiona McKenzie and Alison Titulaer.

Now in its sixth year and thanks to ongoing support from Te Tumu Whakaata Taonga New Zealand Film Commision and the Australian Screen Directors Authorship Collecting Society (ASDACS), the Incubator aims to support each talented participant to advance their careers and projects. The programme brings the directors together for five workshops across the year to connect with each other and hear from established screen industry practitioners working in New Zealand and abroad.

We look forward to seeing the participants at our first workshop in May, and extend our thanks to every director who applied.

About the Participants

MARY-LYN CHAMBERS was born in Fiji and raised in Nauru and Aotearoa. She has worked in Los Angeles, London and Doha and is known for narrative stories about inequality in mixed languages. She spent a decade working at the Spirit Awards and the LA Film Festival. She is a directing Fellow from the Sony Pictures Television Diverse Directors Program, Film Independent, and the Alliance of Women Directors.

Prior projects include Karanga, a collaboration with choreographer Merenia Gray funded by CNZ and screened on Sky TV. Her Imagen Award-nominated pilot Tijuana screened at Slamdance, Bentonville, HollyShorts and Content London. Plural of Blood won Best TV Pilot at the 2018 Downtown Los Angeles Film Festival. Debris participated in the UN’s Refugee Voices in Film Conference at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Mary-Lyn is known for hiring women and minorities.

MĪRIA GEORGE (Ngāti Kearoa, Ngāti Tuara; Tumutevarovaro, Enuamanu, Kuki ‘Āirani) is a playwright, screenwriter and a director and producer of theatre and film. The portmanteau feature film VAI (Brown Sugar Apple Grunt Productions) premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2019, and marked Mīria’s debut as a writer and director of film.

Originally a live performance installation, Mīria wrote and directed the award-winning short film fire in the water, fire in the sky (Tawata Productions) that premiered at HIFF and screened at NZIFF in 2021. fire in the water, fire in the sky was awarded Special Recognition for Cinematography at the NZIFF. The film will continue to screen around the world in 2022.

Mīria has also created and directed digital content including Big Hair, Don’t Care, a web-series that documents conversations with Māori, Pasifika and Women of Colour artists of theatre and film; and is producing the 15-part series Ahi Kā for the online platform Moana Nui.

JOLIN LEE is an emerging writer/director of Singaporean-Chinese heritage based in Tāmaki Makaurau. She has been working in Aotearoa’s screen industry for the past six years after pivoting from her journalism roots in 2015, directing a number of music videos and short films. Her short film Ur Dead To Me was selected for the Palm Springs Shortfest in 2018.

Jolin also works prolifically in Tāmaki’s commercial industry as a writer and editor, and has found success in this space, going on to work on some of Aotearoa’s best ad campaigns, from the viral Keep it Real Online campaign and educational web series The Eggplant for the Dept. of Internal Affairs, to the widely celebrated Proud to be Māori campaign for Te Whānau o Waipareira. Jolin is also a Creative and Head of Post Production at award-winning Auckland Agency Motion Sickness.

MAGNOLIA LOWE is an award-winning film-maker who is passionate about storytelling. She has a background in directing commercials and is the principal at Magpie Content Creation.

Magnolia’s Newsroom documentary series Water gained official selection in four international film festivals. The series was an award finalist for best direction in the NZ Web Fest, and was best documentary finalist in die Seriale, the Oregon short film festival and the Oregon documentary film festival. She is currently working on her first feature documentary, In the Subduction Zone.

Previous documentaries include Mapping the Messiness, which follows Australian graduate teachers and US and them, a short documentary about the other side of US-Mexico border migration, featuring stories of Americans who left the US to live in Mexico in 1999. Magnolia has also previously written for The Conversation and has co-authored an academic article about documentary film-making as a research method.

MIA MARAMARA is a Filipino-born filmmaker with work that has screened both locally and internationally. Her passion for authentic, trailblazing stories has led her to wear different hats in the industry, most notably as a writer, director, and producer.

In 2021, she wrote and directed Albularyo (Beyond the Veil) for TVNZ OnDemand and TV2, which earned the distinction of being the first Filipino-led drama on New Zealand TV. She also recently directed the short animated documentary Only Human as part of the Loading Docs initiative.

Mia has received funding from the New Zealand Film Commission, New Zealand On Air, Creative New Zealand, and the New Zealand Writers Guild Seed Fund. She has participated in the Fresh Shorts Lab and the Aotearoa Short Film Lab.

In the Philippines, she trained under award-winning producer Bianca Balbuena and worked as a production assistant on Pepe Diokno’s film Above the Clouds.

FIONA MCKENZIE, after gaining her degree, began work with TVNZ in Dunedin, writing and field directing for the children’s department. After her OE and time as a regional TV journalist, she moved to Auckland in 1995 and trained as a Drama Director with South Pacific Pictures. As a freelancer in the late 90’s she directed a variety of programmes and genres including documentary, drama, multi-cam and sketch comedy.

In 1998 her first child was born, with significant disabilities, so work took a back seat and she and her family moved back to rural South Island, from where she continued to make films for galleries, museums, disability groups and other clients.

In 2019/20 she wrote and directed her first narrative short film, Peninsula, which premiered at Tribeca (New York) in June 2021, won its section at Bengaluru and played at Aesthetica and NZIFF that same year.

ALISON TITULAER started in the film and TV industry in front of the camera, studying acting in Auckland, New York, and Vancouver, while gathering experience in the many facets of production by working a variety of crew roles. Learning what makes a great script and an honest performance, Alison naturally switched to the other side of the camera.

She has written and directed several short films, and received the Gaylene Preston WIFT Best Female Director award at the 2018 48 Hour National Finals. Her NZFC Fresh Short funded film, Stella, is embarking on its international festival run, and she is developing her first feature.

Alison freelances as a creative producer and director of commercial content and is one half of the production company Citizen Creative. She lives on the Coromandel Peninsula, is step-mum to 9-year-old Ophelia, and mum to 4-month-old Xavier.

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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 second DEGNZ Drama Editor Attachment. The successful candidate will attach to editor Annie Collins on feature film Coming Home in the Dark, directed by James Ashcroft.

Annie Collins has been editing film since 1975 and was the first independently trained editor in the country. Annie worked on the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and won awards for her editing work on Scarfies, Out of the Blue and Two Little Boys. More recently, she cut Tusi Tamasese’s Academy Award nominated feature One Thousand Ropes. Annie also has an extensive resume of documentaries, having edited such landmark productions as Patu! and The Neglected Miracle.

The DEGNZ Drama Editor Attachment initiative is targeted at editors who wish to move into feature film editing. Its 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 limited hands-on cutting experience is possible but entirely at the discretion of the editor, director and producers of the production.

This is a paid Wellington based attachment and requires the successful candidate to start on Monday 15 July 2019 in Wellington. If non-Wellington based, the candidate must cover their own travel and living costs. They are also required to be a Full member of DEGNZ for the duration of their 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 week is 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 15 July
  5. Most importantly, have a passionate desire to become a feature film editor

To Apply

Application Deadline: 9AM, Thursday 27 June 2019

Send your application in a single PDF to with ‘Editor Attachment’ in the subject line.

Your application must include:

  • a maximum 1-page letter on why you would like to do the attachment
  • your CV and filmography, including links to a showreel/video samples that illustrate your dramatic narrative work
  • a completed Editor Attachment Application Cover Sheet.

Download the Editor Attachment Application Cover Sheet


DEGNZ 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 workshop is brought to you with the generous support of the New Zealand Film Commission.


The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) is thrilled to announce Peter O’Donoghue as the recipient of our 2017 International Editor Mentorship with Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American documentary editor Doug Blush.

“I’m thrilled at the prospect of working with someone as prolific and talented as Doug,” said O’Donoghue. “His output is gargantuan and his passion for the craft is truly invigorating. Needless to say I plan to squeeze all I can from this great opportunity.”

“I’m very excited to work with Peter O’Donoghue,” said Blush. “We immediately bonded, talking about our mutual appreciation for great storytelling in documentary and challenging and pushing the genre to try new techniques and ideas in editorial and much more.”

Peter is well known for his work with NZ director Florian Habicht. Their first film together was Land of the Long White Cloud in 2008. Their 2011 co-written feature film Love Story (shot in New York) won Best Film, Best Director (Florian) and Best Editor (Peter) at the 2011 New Zealand Film & Television Awards. Their 2014 collaboration – Pulp: a Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets is a UK production showcasing the iconic Brit-pop band Pulp, their enigmatic front man Jarvis Cocker, and their roots in the northern industrial town of Sheffield. Peter was again co-writer and editor. The film had its world premiere at SXSW 2014 in Austin, Texas, and has played in numerous festivals since. It won Best Music Film at the NME 2015 Music Awards in London. Their latest co-written effort is documentary feature Spookers, completed In September 2016.

Doug is an award winning documentary director, editor, cinematographer, and writer who has edited a wide range of major theatrically released documentaries, including crossword puzzle culture Wordplay, the national debt crisis I.O.U.S.A., the hypocrisy of closeted gay politician in Outrage, corporate David and Goliath battles in Beer Wars, and the adaptation of the popular book Freakonomics. He recently was co-writer and editor of the Sundance 2011 Premiere documentary These Amazing Shadows, and consulting editor for the Sundance 2011 Competition documentary Troubadours, as well as executive producer and co-editor of Superheroes in the 2011 Slamdance Documentary Competition and on HBO. In 2012, The Invisible War, which he edited and associate produced with director Kirby Dick, won the Sundance Audience Award and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary.

“Doug and Peter seemed like the ideal match for a mentorship, with each being at major points in their careers,” said Tui Ruwhiu, Executive Director of DEGNZ. “We are excited to see where Peter goes with the knowledge, expertise and career advice that Doug brings in documentary filmmaking.”

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 Editor Mentorship is to inspire a promising New Zealand editor 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

Peter O’Donoghue is an award-winning editor / filmmaker from NZ based in Sydney, Australia. He has been working in film and television since 2006 on projects in Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, the U.S. and the UK.
With a background originally in music and writing, picture editing has now become Peter’s main passion – where storytelling, rhythm, atmosphere, music and sound all come together to bring the most out of a project’s vision and material. He also works as a screenwriter and has directed one long-form documentary and two short dramas.
In 2012-2013 Peter was editor on ABC Australia’s landmark documentary series First Footprints (broadcast July/August 2013), produced and directed by Bentley Dean and Martin Butler. As well as co-editing the ABC series with Tania Nehme, his work included a cut down of the 4 episodes to a 2-ep version for Arte France and a 90 minute festival version.
From 2011 to 2013, Peter directed and edited the 52-minute documentary Happy Everyday: Park Life in China, an upbeat reflection on self-censorship among retirees in the closely monitored public spaces of Beijing and Shanghai. The film was financed by South Australia Film Corporation and released in July 2013. It is represented by broadcast sales agent PBS International.
In 2014 Peter worked as co-editor on Chris Pryor and Miriam Smith’s new documentary feature The Ground We Won., about the exploits of a rural NZ rugby team. The film opened theatrically in NZ in May 2015 amid glowing reviews.

Doug Blush A.C.E. is an award-winning director, producer, editor, writer and cinematographer who has worked on over fifty feature documentaries and TV programmes, and has been nominated five times for Best Editing at the Sundance Film Festival.
Doug’s recent credits include the Oscar-winning theatrical hit 20 Feet From Stardom, directed by Morgan Neville, which won him an ACE Eddie Award for Best Documentary Editing. Doug was editor and associate producer of 2012’s Academy Award nominated and double Emmy Award winning The Invisible War, directed by Kirby Dick, and worked with the same team on the Oscar-shortlisted film The Hunting Ground. His latest films as supervising editor include The Music of Strangers and Jim, which won the Audience Award at Sundance 2016 and aired on HBO.
He also co-directed Of Two Minds with wife Lisa Klein, which won both the 2013 EIC Prism and SAHMSA Voice Awards for excellence in films on mental health issues. He is working on a follow-up film with Lisa, The S Word, highlighting the rising activism of suicide survivors against silence and stigma.
Doug has been a visiting professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Syracuse University and Malaysia Multimedia University, and has taught across Indonesia with the Sundance Institute.

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

Doug BlushThe Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) invites applications from mid-career editors with significant documentary experience to apply for an International Editor’s Mentorship with award-winning American editor Doug Blush.

Doug Blush is an award-winning director, producer, editor, writer and cinematographer who has worked on over fifty feature documentaries and TV programmes, and has been nominated five times for Best Editing at the Sundance Film Festival.

Doug’s recent credits include the Oscar-winning theatrical hit 20 Feet From Stardom, directed by Morgan Neville, which won him an ACE Eddie Award for Best Documentary Editing. Doug was editor and associate producer of 2012’s Academy Award nominated and double Emmy Award winning The Invisible War, directed by Kirby Dick, and worked with the same team on the Oscar-shortlisted film The Hunting Ground. His latest films as supervising editor include The Music of Strangers and Jim, which won the Audience Award at Sundance 2016 and aired on HBO.

He also co-directed Of Two Minds with wife Lisa Klein, which won both the 2013 EIC Prism and SAHMSA Voice Awards for excellence in films on mental health issues. He is working on a follow-up film with Lisa, The S Word, highlighting the rising activism of suicide survivors against silence and stigma.

Doug has been a visiting professor at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Syracuse University and Malaysia Multimedia University, and has taught across Indonesia with the Sundance Institute.

This is an exciting opportunity for a New Zealand editor with proven talent to benefit from collegial advice and international support as they move to the next stage of their career. You need to be a FULL member of DEGNZ to apply.

Click here for a full list of Doug’s credits.

To apply, please provide:

  1. A maximum one-page letter about why you should be chosen and what you hope to gain from the mentorship.
  2. A CV.
  3. Up to 3 examples online of past work (not showreel).
  4. Your DEGNZ membership number.
  5. It is preferred that you have a project that you wish to discuss with Doug as part of the mentorship. Please include brief details on the project.

Only FULL DEGNZ members may apply. If you are not a member and wish to join, you can do so here:
Applications should be submitted electronically to no later than 5pm, Wednesday 12 October.

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