DEGNZ Presents: A Mentorship and Masterclass with Niki Caro

Posted Tuesday 10 May 2016

Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) is thrilled to invite applications from experienced film directors with a feature film project in  or near to advanced development or ready for production to apply for an International Director's Mentorship with acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro.

Niki Caro, one of New Zealand's most successful film directors, needs little introduction, with credits including Whale Rider, North Country, A Heavenly Vintage, McFarland USA and The Zookeeper's Wife to her name. 

The overall intention of the mentorship is to inspire a NZ director, demystify the international film industry and offer 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.

This mentorship is designed to assist a director with project development, career planning, creative relationships, new practices in audience engagement, and relationships with producers and agents.

As Niki is a busy working director, there is a small window of opportunity to start this mentorship with her. The successful applicant must be available for initial meetings during the week of 6 June 2016. Further mentoring will continue for the term of the mentorship over the rest of 2016.

To apply, please provide:

� Maximum one-page letter about why you should be chosen and what you hope to gain from the mentorship.
� A narrative feature film script and one-page synopsis for the project you wish to apply with, which must be in or near to advanced development or ready for production.
� Up to 3 examples of past narrative dramatic work (not showreel) that have had festival success.
� Applicants MUST be available for initial meetings the week commencing 6 June. 

This initiative is NOT intended for applicants with projects in very early development. We will not offer script notes or enter into correspondence with applicants who are not selected.

Applications should be submitted electronically to admin@degnz.co.nz as ONE PDF file. Please include links in the document.

Only FULL DEGNZ members may apply. If you are not a member and wish to join, you can do so here.

Applications must be received by DEGNZ no later than 9am on Friday the 13th of May.

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

Masterclass

DEGNZ invites you to register your interest for up to eight seats in a Directing Masterclass with acclaimed filmmaker Niki Caro.

The workshop will take place from 1pm-5pm, Wednesday 8 June in Auckland. DEGNZ members free, non-members $50.


Please register your interest by emailing your CV (including links to your work) to samantha@degnz.co.nz by 9am, Friday the 13th of May. Successful applicants will be notified shortly thereafter.

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

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Posted Tuesday 10 May 2016

We know there's another take on this story out in the cinema (Florence Foster Jenkins), but the French have stayed true to form and given us a fabulous, subversive version!  If you have seen Meryl Streep in the role, its still well worth going to see Marguerite!!

We have THREE double passes to give away so watch the trailer and answer this simple question:

Which decade is the film set in? Answers via email only office@wiftnz.org.nz in the subject line by 5 pm June 15.

About the film: It is party day at Marguerite Dumont's castle. Like every year, an array of music lovers gathers around a great cause at the owner's place. Nobody knows much about this woman except that she is rich and that her whole life is devoted to her passion: music. Marguerite sings. She sings wholeheartedly, but she sings terribly out of tune. In ways quite similar to the Castafiore, Marguerite has been living her passion in her own bubble, and the hypocrite audience, always coming in for a good laugh, acts as if she was the diva she believes she is.

When a young, provocative journalist decides to write a rave article on her latest performance, Marguerite starts to believe even further in her talent. This gives her the courage she needs to follow her dream. Despite her husband's reluctance, and with the help of a has-�?been divo, both funny and mean, she decides to train for her first recital in front of a crowd of complete strangers.

Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-u7tLhQQiM

MARGUERITE IS IN NZ CINEMAS JUNE 16