Direct South Short Film Workshops

Posted Wednesday 03 Feb 2021

Here's a wonderful opportunity to learn the art of short filmmaking from three award-winning filmmakers: Jackie van Beek, Zia Mandviwalla and Michelle Savill.

Thousands of short films get made every year by filmmakers around the world. One challenge for directors is how to direct a short film that gets noticed by audiences and the industry.

DEGNZ and Direct South bring you three perspectives as each director shares practical insights into their personal directing process for short film. Hear how these filmmakers made their acclaimed shorts and what they learnt doing them. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions and discover ways to improve your craft and your projects.

These workshops will be in Christchurch, Blenheim and Dunedin, while participants can also join and interact on Zoom.


Jackie van Beek, Saturday 27 February

Christchurch & Online

Zia Mandviwalla, Saturday 10 April

Blenheim & Online

Michelle Savill, Sunday 30 May

Dunedin & Online



DEGNZ members - Free

Non-members - $75 in-person / $40 online

Click here to register

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The Black List screenwriting development opportunity

Posted Wednesday 03 Feb 2021

Screenwriters, a reminder to apply for this development opportunity with Franklin Leornard from The Black List aggregator of unproduced screenplays and script development organisation

It does not require the writer to have a producer to be attached but teams with a producer can apply. A draft of the screen play is part of the application along with other materials.

There is no level of experience prerequisite, Franklin and his team are looking for original voices and ideas.

The deadline is 1pm 19 March 2021. Applications need to go through the NZFC portal. Any filmmaker enquires about BLNZP should be sent to

The new initiative is a one-off fund script development workshop designed to foster the creative relationship between writers and producers and stimulate international opportunities for New Zealand feature films. In addition, the NZFC hopes to cast a wide net for New Zealand screenwriting talent and connect with projects at various stages of development. This further strengthens The Black List's push for more inclusive storytelling in film.

Click here for more info and The Black List guidelines