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Here We Go Again

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I do hope everyone had a restful and restorative Christmas and New Year’s break, because here we go again. Like 2021, a false sense of security across the summer has been ended this year, quicker than last, with COVID bashing down the doors…

Tom Augustine Selected for 2022 Tāhuna Writers Residency

Our congrats goes to Tom Augustine (DEGANZ) who is one of five recipients selected to take part in the 2022 Tāhuna Writers Residency. The residency was created by Great Southern Television and the Queenstown Lakes District Council, with the…

Members’ Films to Have International Premieres at Berlinale

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We are excited for member Michelle Savill (DEGANZ Incubator 2018) whose debut feature film, Millie Lies Low, will have its international premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival (February 10-20), as part of the Generation programme. So…

Moas Come Back to Life in Music Video Directed by Dan Eady

Port Chalmers Indie rock band Seafog has released the music video for their latest single title Influences. Directed and produced by DEGANZ member Dan Eady (pictured left), the music video features beautiful views of the Otago harbour and some…

Members Announced as Recipients of Competitive Seed Grants

The NZWG announced the recipients of the second round of Seed and Seed Advanced for 2021 late last year, with many of our members' faces among them! Well done to Rajneel Singh, David Hay and DEGANZ Incubator alumni Nahyeon Lee and Stella…

Short Film The Finding by Rebecca Tansley Garners More Festival Selections

Congratulations to DEGANZ member Rebecca Tansley whose film, The Finding, has garnered a further three more film festival selections. The Finding is in the Oscar qualifying Silver Princess Competition for Best Fiction Film at the In The Palace…

DEGANZ Alumna Receives NZFC Catalyst Funding

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DEGANZ Incubator alumna Marina Alofagia McCartney has received funding for her project The Return. The short film follows Lupesina who answers the call from her ancestors, and must prove her worthiness as a Samoan woman or stay stuck in the…

Mark Hunt: The Fight of His Life in Cinemas February

After premiering at NZIFF last year, Mark Hunt: The Fight of His Life is set to release in NZ cinemas on February 3. Directed by DEGANZ member Peter Brook Bell, this compelling documentary follows one of New Zealand's sporting superstars, kickboxing…

Watch Annie Collins Speak About Her Work on PATU!

Legendary film editor and DEGANZ board member Annie Collins spoke to Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision about her work on PATU!, collaborating with trailblazing Māori filmmaker Merata Mita. Annie recalls the unique challenges when it came to…

2022 Call for Applications: DEGANZ Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator

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The Directors and Editors Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand is now accepting applications for the sixth Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator. In 2022, the talent-focused development programme will mentor a handful of selected female directors from…

Netflix’s The Royal Treatment Cut by NZ Editor Luke Haigh

Edited by DEGANZ member Luke Haigh, American romantic comedy The Royal Treatment premieres on Netflix today. Shot in Dunedin, the film follows hairdresser Izzy, played by Laura Marano (The Perfect Date), as she takes on a job working at the…
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Good Riddance to Screenis Horribilis 2021

What a horrible bloody year it’s been for the New Zealand screen industry. Lockdowns interrupting domestic and international production here. Local films having their releases shortened or delayed. The New Zealand International Film Festival…

Strength in Numbers Participants Announced

Script to Screen have announced the 12 participants selected for their initiative Strength in Numbers, including two of our members. Congratulations to Becky Kuek and her company Mooncake Ltd and Matasila Freshwater (DEGANZ 2021 Incubator alumna)…

Laugh Your Way Through 2022 with NZ On Air Funded Content

Shows Rūrangi, Educators and Homebound 3.0 promise entertainment and comic relief for Kiwis with funding from NZ On Air. Rūrangi The award-winning Rūrangi has been greenlit for a second season (5 x 22 mins) with recent funding from NZ On…

Funded Full-Length Documentary to Follow MP Chlöe Swarbrick

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Our congratulations goes out to the team of Being Chlöe, which has received production funding through NZ On Air! The 90-minute documentary will be directed by member Charlotte Evans (DEGANZ Incubator 2020), produced by Letisha Tate-Dunning…
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DEGANZ Welcomes Screen Sector Review

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 15 December 2021 The Directors and Editors Guild of Aotearoa New Zealand (DEGANZ) welcomes the review of the New Zealand Government’s Investment in The Screen Sector. “The screen industry is rapidly changing,”…

ScreenSafe COVID 19 Health and Safety Protocols Review – The Traffic Light System

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14 December 2021 The Traffic Light system is designed for living with COVID-19 in the community. This is of course a huge mind-shift for everyone, but it is built on the foundation of one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. Overall,…

Upcoming World Premiere for Chambers’ KARANGA on Sky Arts

Member Mary-Lyn Chambers’ new short film, KARANGA, is set to have its world premiere on December 13 on Sky Arts. The film is a cinematic exploration of the Māori contemporary dance work of the same name, choreographed by Merenia Gray. The…