Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator

The Incubator is a talent-focused development programme structured over five one-day workshops across a year. While directors come to the Incubator with a project, our main aim is to provide specific knowledge, skills, connections and inspiration to enable each participant to advance themselves and their careers.

> Applications for 2022 closed on Friday 18 February, 10AM. Thanks to everyone who applied.

“It was specifically curated to our needs and exceeded my expectations on every level. It was jam-packed with sessions, info and meetings with industry practitioners who could give us behind the scenes knowledge and equip us with real-time insight into the industry. It was relevant and challenging, and has been immensely beneficial to me in giving me the confidence to pitch my projects at MIFF [Melbourne International Film Festival] and most recently Clermont-Ferrand.”

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Poetry Meets Film in Two Magnetic Shorts

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Documentary shorts Ultimately Lacks Polish and Nathan Joe: Homecoming Poems have premiered on the streaming platform Vidzing. Commissioned by the Going West Writers Festival, both documentaries focus on poets who take a radical approach to performance.…

Kirsty Hamilton Set to Direct Short Film Save Me

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Kirsty Hamilton, an alumna of the DEGANZ Women Filmmakers Incubator, is set to direct short film Save Me.  Written by Suzanne Adamson, the short film follows a mother-daughter dynamic; when a teenage girl is blamed for her brother’s death…

Seven Directors Selected for the Incubator 2022

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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,…

Members’ Films Head to SXSW

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The Guild wishes to congratulate Michelle Savill (DEGANZ) whose debut feature film Millie Lies Low, will have its North American premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Mark Albiston’s short film Datsun, edited by DEGANZ member…

“Being a part of the DEGNZ’s Incubator has been a highly motivating and encouraging experience. It is rare to get a chance to talk frankly with such experienced practitioners, but this programme created a space in which such useful dialogue could take place. The Incubator also provided regular meetings with other filmmakers at the same stage in their career.”

2021 Alumni

Matasila Freshwater

Matasila Freshwater

Ghazaleh Golbakhsh

Ghazaleh Golbakhsh

Niva Kay

Niva Kay

Nahyeon Lee

Nahyeon Lee

Hweiling Ow

Hweiling Ow

Cian Elyse White

Cian Elyse White

Zoey Zhao

Zoey Zhao

2020 Alumni

Michelle Ang

Michelle Ang

Charlotte Evans

Charlotte Evans

Pennie Hunt

Pennie Hunt

Stella Reid

Stella Reid

Rachel Ross

Rachel Ross

Jessica Grace Smith

Jessica Grace Smith

Kathleen Winter

Kathleen Winter

2019 Alumni

Anna Duckworth

Anna Duckworth

Marina Alofagia McCartney

Marina Alofagia McCartney

Jessica Sanderson

Jessica Sanderson

Claire van Beek

Claire van Beek

Ursula Williams

Ursula Williams

2018 Alumni

Chantelle Burgoyne

Chantelle Burgoyne

Linda Darby-Coring

Linda Darby-Coring

Hiona Henare

Hiona Henare

Abi King-Jones

Abi King-Jones

Agnes Peel-McGregor

Agnes Peel-McGregor

Lauren Porteous

Lauren Porteous

Michelle Savill

Michelle Savill

Asuka Sylvie

Asuka Sylvie

2017 Alumni

Catherine Bisley

Catherine Bisley

Nathalie Boltt

Nathalie Boltt

Abigail Greenwood

Abigail Greenwood

Kirsty Hamilton

Kirsty Hamilton

Cathy MacDonald

Cathy MacDonald

Renae Maihi

Renae Maihi

Zoe McIntosh

Zoe McIntosh

Nikki Si’ulepa

Nikki Si’ulepa

Yamin Tun

Yamin Tun

Aidee Walker

Aidee Walker