After five years of building up the screen media industry in the Bay of Plenty, DEGNZ member Anton Steel is stepping back from an operation level and retiring as CEO of Film Bay of Plenty.

In the past year alone, the regional film office has supported a range of projects, including two feature films, two TV series, and a location shoot for a large scale American production. Elysia Gibb, Tracy Hampton and Jade Kent have progressed in their roles to take the helm under a new management structure that provides broader coverage to the region.

Anton will continue to support the organisation’s ongoing strategy as a trustee, while turning to focus on creating. He is currently developing an action film about mental health, based on a true story from the Bay of Plenty.

“I also hope to leverage my 25 years of onscreen story-telling experience, and look forward to the opportunity to work with the amazing network of creatives and crew across the region,” he said.

We wish Anton well in the next step of his journey!

Director Jason Stutter

Directors Toolkit

Award-winning director Jason Stutter leads this two-day workshop, offering a practical guide to directing for emerging directors. The Directors Toolkit aims to establish a professional approach to filming and underline the keys to good work.

Over the weekend, we will cover working with professional actors, non-actors, and different scales of production crew. We will take you through pre-production, casting, production, post-production and how to get your final film out into the world of festivals and markets.

Lunch and refreshments provided.

About Jason Stutter

Jason StutterJason Stutter’s first movie was cult kung-fu caper Tongan Ninja (2002). Since then he has alternated features – self-funded comedy Edwin: My Life as a Koont, stylish Ronald Hugh Morrieson adaptation Predicament – with shorts, including the hit Careful… series, riffing on the dangers of inattentive tool use. His most recent feature, haunted house tale The Dead Room, was released in New Zealand in 2015.

Sat 8 September, 9am – 5pm
Sun 9 September, 9am – 4pm

Where: Ignition Coworking Space, 29 Grey Street, Tauranga

Cost: DEGNZ members – Free, Non-members – $100 (payable upon successful application)

Class: 20 max

Event Cancellation: We regret to inform everyone that this workshop has been cancelled at this time due to insufficient numbers. DEGNZ sincerely apologises for any inconveniences to applicants or those wishing to apply. We hope to offer this Directors Toolkit in 2019. 


This workshop is brought to you by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ and Bay of Plenty Film.

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The Directors & Editors Guild of NZ invites you to apply for a 2-day Directing Toolkit Workshop with director Rob Sarkies in Rotorua.

The workshop will be held on Saturday and Sunday, 29 and 30 April.

About Rob Sarkies

Rob works across feature films, series television and commercials. His work includes the acclaimed feature Out of the Blue about the Aramoana shootings, Consent a powerful tele-feature based on Louise Nicholas’s fight for justice, Jean about aviator Jean Batten, buddy comedy Two Little Boys starring Brett McKenzie and Hamish Blake, and NZ classic Scarfies.

Process! Process! Process!

Robert SarkiesThis will be a practical workshop that will take participants through Rob’s film-making process from development to shoot and examine how process can be adapted from project to project.

The workshop will cover development process (how to avoid ‘development hell’ or at least ensure your project comes out the better at the end of it). Process leading to production (script prep, visual prep, storyboards, casting process). Pre-Production (rehearsal process, binding your collaborators to the same vision) and practical process on set (scene blocking, working with cast, working with your DP).

Rob will outline his process and encourage participants to develop processes specific to them. A workshop full of practical hints to help you control the beast of a feature film rather than having it control you.


What: Directing Toolkit Workshop with Rob Sarkies

When: Saturday 29 April,  9am – 5pm & Sunday 30 April, 9am – 4pm

Where: Rotorua

Cost: Free for DEGNZ members, $100 for non-members

A travel allowance is available for DEGNZ members coming from out of town.

Lunch and refreshments provided.


TO APPLY please send your application in ONE PDF to with ‘Rotorua Directing Toolkit’ in the subject line.

In your application, please provide:

  • CV
  • links to samples of your work
  • a maximum one-page letter stating why you want to attend this workshop.
  • please also include your mobile number and any dietary requirements.

Application Deadline: 9am, Tuesday 18 April.

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