DEGNZ Best Director and Best Editor Goes to…

Best Director Armagan Ballantyne with DEGNZ President Howard Taylor

Congratulations to our member Armağan Ballantyne for taking home the DEGNZ Best Director award for her short film Hush, presented at the Show Me Shorts 2019 Auckland Opening & Awards Night on October 5th. Hush tells the story of Ava, a young woman who surprises her brother and friends when she suddenly turns up in her small home town with a secret.

Congratulations to Annie Collins for winning DEGNZ Best Editor for 16-minute thriller . In the film, a pregnant woman finds herself alone and in a dangerous situation with a violent gang member.

Annie told the audience that she will be giving her space on stage to emerging editors from now on – short films should be cut by emerging editors. Annie continues to be a mentor to many and lead DEGNZ’s efforts for editors and assistant editors.


Annie Collins with DEGNZ President Howard Taylor

Past Winners:

The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ has proudly supported excellence in directing and editing at Show Me Shorts since 2009.


2018DEGNZ Best DirectorSummer Agnew – The Brother
DEGNZ Best EditorBetsy Bauer – Cleaver
2017DEGNZ Best DirectorZoe McIntosh – The World in Your Window
DEGNZ Best EditorTom Eagles – Do No Harm
2016DEGNZ Best DirectorNed Wenlock – Spring Jam
DEGNZ Best EditorBryan Shaw – Shout at the Ground
2015DEGNZ Best DirectorAlyx Duncan – The Tide Keeper
DEGNZ Best EditorJames Cunningham – Accidents, Blunders and Calamities
2014DEGNZ Best DirectorHamish Bennett – Ross & Beth
2013SDGNZ Best DirectorJoe Lonie – Honk If You’re Horny
SDGNZ Best EditorThomas Gleeson – Home
2012SDGNZ Best DirectorSam Kelly – Lambs
SDGNZ Best EditorJeff Hurrell – Lambs
2011SDGNZ Best DirectorJack Woon – The Great Barrier
SDGNZ Best EditorLewis Albrow – 3 Hours
2010SDGNZ Best DirectorMark Albiston & Louis Sutherland – The Six Dollar Fifty Man
SDGNZ Best EditorHayley Lake – Make Me
2009SDGNZ Best DirectorJames Cunningham – Poppy
SDGNZ Best EditorPaul Swadel and James Cunningham – Poppy

Photos courtesy of Show Me Shorts.

Last updated on 26 September 2020