Kuek Announced as Recipient of Every Voice Initiative

Well done to our member Becky Kuek, who has just been announced as a recipient of the very first Every Voice initiative, run by NZ On Air, Screen Australia, and Tik Tok. Becky has received funding for her 10-part scripted comedy series Long…

NZIFF 2021: Akuhata-Brown Announced as NZ’s Best 2021 Jury Award Winner

Congratulations to director Kath Akuhata-Brown (DEGANZ) for receiving the Vista Group Award for Best Short Film for Washday. Kath shares the award and cash prize of $7,500 with director Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu, who won for the film When We…

Educators: The Craft of the Laugh – Online

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Comedy isn’t just canned laughter and superficial gags, it has depth and the ability to reveal home truths about ourselves and human nature. To close the year, director Jesse Griffin and editor Stuart Boone join DEGANZ to discuss the fascinating…

Members Involved in Latest TVNZ Cold Case Episode

The real-life crime-solving series Cold Case is back with another instalment, with the latest episode edited by DEGANZ board member Steven Chow and reconstructions directed by member Michael Duignan. Cold Case offers viewers a rare opportunity…

Freshwater Wins Sun Jury Prize at imagineNATIVE

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Congratulations to Matasila Freshwater (DEGANZ) for winning the Sun Jury Prize at this year’s imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. The prize was won for her work as director and writer on Hiama, an “amazing reclamation of the horror…
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Looking for a Laugh

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I normally go surfing and garden as my stress release mechanisms. Neither have been of much help with all the rain we are having (I live in the Waitakeres) and the West Coast of Auckland is offering up limited opportunities at this time. Thank…

Celebrating Asian Artists in Documentary Series Co-Directed by Member Nahyeon Lee

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Spotlighting Asian Artists in Aotearoa, Portraits is a new 12-part micro-documentary series with six episodes directed by DEGANZ member and participant of the 2021 Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator, Nahyeon Lee. Presented by Asian arts…

Chan Edits TVNZ OnDemand Series The Pact

Secrets, terminal illness, and differing opinions threaten to tear the Simpkins family apart in the The Pact, edited by DEGANZ member Brendon Chan. Described by Stuff.co.nz as a "thought-provoking and charming" series, The Pact comes right…

Postponement Update: Directors Toolkit for Emerging Pan-Asian Directors

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I’m sorry to share with you all that we are going to need to postpone the Directors Toolkit for Emerging Pan-Asian Directors. The likelihood of Auckland reaching Level 2 before November 20-21 (the event dates) looks improbable. Since our…

McKenzie Directs Episode of Docu-Series I Am for TVNZ OnDemand

I Am a Cult Survivor, directed by DEGANZ member Karen McKenzie, follows the story of 17-year old David Ready and his journey escaping the religious cult, Gloriavale. After the death of his younger sister, David took on the leaders of the religious…

Show Me Shorts Announces the DEGANZ Best Editor and Best Director for 2021

Congratulations are in order for the winners of the DEGANZ Best Director and DEGANZ Best Editor awards at the 2021 Show Me Shorts Film Festival. The award for Best Editor went to Peter Roberts and Dwayne Cameron for June. Isaac Bell took out…

Jan Oliver Lucks Signs with Top Talent Agency in the US

Jan Oliver Lucks, DEGANZ member and director of the critically acclaimed documentary There Is No I in Threesome, has signed with ICM Partners, a Los Angeles based talent and literary agency with offices in New York, Washington D.C and London.…

NZIFF: Ashurst’s Snakeskin Returns in Retrospective to Honour Bill Gosden

Snakeskin, directed by DEGANZ members Gillian Ashurst and co-edited by Cushla Dillon, returns to the big screen as part of a specially curated line-up of retrospective films to honour Bill Gosden, former director of Whānau Mārama: New Zealand…
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It’s Time

A couple of days ago on The Spinoff, South Pacific Pictures Managing Director Andrew Szusterman decried the loss of drama Head High from Discovery Three. Lead director and co-lead writer on the show is a DEGANZ member, Tim Worrall. Szusterman…

Hsu Edits Inked, Aotearoa’s First Funded Chinese-English Drama Series

Edited by DEGANZ member Chia Chi Hsu, web series Inked is a milestone in Aotearoa's television history — our first funded Chinese bilingual drama. That may seem surprising given that Chinese have been in New Zealand since the 1860s, the first…

Gorman’s The Letting Go Granted Screen CanterburyNZ Funding

Writer and director Nic Gorman (DEGANZ) has received funding towards his second feature film The Letting Go. Nic’s 2017 feature film Human Traces premiered at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. He hopes to shoot his next…
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Story Camp Aotearoa to Develop Nine New Feature Films

Congratulations to our members who have been selected to take part in this year’s Story Camp Aotearoa — director Max Currie with Refuge and documentary director Gwen Isaac with Siouxsie with an X. Story Camp is a development lab tailored…

Legal Advice for Screen Work at Alert Level 3 (Phase 3) in Auckland

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19th October 2021 ScreenSafe has been seeking clarity about the practical implications of Alert Level 3 (Phase 3) in Auckland. We have done an in-depth comparison of the available public guidance compared to the ScreenSafe COVID-19 Protocols…