Posted Tuesday 10 May 2016

This year the Big Screen Symposium will take place  on Sat 24th and Sun 25th September at the University of Auckland Business School. Early bird tickets will go on sale in July - so keep an eye out closer to the time for details.






Watch highlights from last year's symposium

Click below to view a series of short clips from speakers including Jane Campion, Sebastian Silva and Rachel Griffiths as they talk about collaboration. To see sessions you missed, 2015 ticket holders can   log in to vimeo and watch full sessions. All ticket holders will have received the password via email.




Promote your business at the Big Screen Symposium 2016

The Big Screen Symposium is the perfect platform to promote your business, projects or products and services to more than 450 delegates from across the industry. Book an exhibitor and advertisement space now as these do sell out! For more information contact event manager  Sarah McDermott (09) 951 0291

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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 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.


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 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.