Women filmmakers’ incubator call for applications

The Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand (DEGNZ) has announced its year-long Women Filmmaker Incubator with financial assistance from the New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC).

The Incubator, launching in the second half of 2016, will comprise of five workshops designed to give up to eight emerging female directors the opportunity to build their knowledge, skills and networks as a means to advance their careers and projects in the screen industry.

“One of our goals within the NZFC’s gender policy is to encourage proposals from Guilds that support and enhance the upskilling of women in the industry,” says NZFC CEO Dave Gibson. 

“This programme fits that brief perfectly and compliments our 2016 Gaylene Preston Director’s Award.”

The incubator targets women with a track record as a director in their area of focus and the intent to make their first feature or equivalent (corresponding work in TV, web series, feature documentary or drama). Applicants will have a project in development that has not yet been presented to a network or funder.

Each workshop in the programme will bring in successful filmmakers and to develop participants’ confidence and capability to engage with the screen industry as they seek to get their own projects through development and into production.

The objectives of the incubator are:

  • Educate writer/directors and directors to improve their understanding of the business of film and drama
  • Increase the number of females directing features and TV drama by helping to get more female-centric stories into and through development
  • Encourage producers, broadcasters and funders into closer connection with female directors
  • Create networking opportunities that directors can use to further themselves and their projects
  • Provide inspiration and role models to encourage women to passionately pursue feature film and drama directing careers
  • Get those in positions of power to effect change to help women advance as feature film and drama directors

“We have been working for close to a year to put this initiative in place,” said DEGNZ executive director Tui Ruwhiu.

“We are extremely thankful to NZFC for providing financial support that will enable us to help address gender inequality for women directors.”

A call for applications will be issued in June.