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DEGNZ member Celia Jaspers’s short film Milk has made official selection in the Oscar-qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival this month, one of only 12 films selected from Australasia.

The short film, made on a zero budget with an outpouring of generosity and kindness, follows a story of a young girl who foregoes her hard-earned treats at the local dairy to help an elderly gentleman. Celia said the idea for the film was born post-lockdown, when a heightened awareness of our communities and being kind was prevalent.

Written, directed and edited by Celia, Milk stars her daughter Charlotte Jaspers, local cafe worker Christy Anne Sullivan and veteran actor Frank Edwards (LOTR, The Hobbit). The short film has 12 international festivals under its belt and has picked up Best Film at the Reale Film Festival in Italy. Charlotte picked up Best Actress finalist at the Golden Short Film Festival in Italy, and the top acting honours at the Nenagh Children’s Film Festival in Ireland.

In an interview with Stuff, Celia speaks about how grateful she was for all the support received to make this micro short, and how proud she is of the fact that the film’s production was led by a team of working mums.

Milk will have its US Premiere at LA Shorts Fest on July 12.

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The Vista Foundation’s subsidised counselling offer provided for the screen industry in partnership with Home and Family Counselling will be closed effective on Friday 30 July 2021.

Vista Foundation has subsidised 206 hours of professional counselling since the offer began in May 2020, with five hours of counselling provided in the last 2-3 months.

Foundation trustee Christine Fenby said, “The industry has picked up considerably and we’re pleased to say that the need for the counselling sessions has diminished, which we all hope is a positive sign and an accurate one.”

Until July 30, the offer remains available to members of DEGNZ and other screen industry organisations and their whānau. Learn more

Sweet Tooth will premiere June 4 on Netflix. Based on the comic book of the same name by Jeff Lemire, the series follows a lovable half-human and half-deer boy as he embarks on a dangerous adventure across a post-apocalyptic world. Production for Sweet Tooth was granted permission to film in NZ despite the travel restrictions brought on by covid, a production that involved many Kiwis.

DEGNZ member Robyn Grace was one of them, directing on an episode and working as the first assistant director on others. Fellow DEGNZ member Toa Fraser, who recently revealed his battle with early onset Parkinson’s on Twitter, served as Producing Director for the season. Toa spoke with Saturday Morning on RNZ about life with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. Kia kaha Toa.

 

 

Unite against COVID-19

Now that we find ourselves at Level 3 again, the Government has a number of support mechanisms for both independent contractors and businesses that you may be able to apply for.

Businesses (including independent contractors) can again access the Wage Subsidy Scheme. Information on this will be available late today Monday 1 March 2021 on the Work and Income website: www.workandincome.govt.nz. Further information on other financial support is available on the WINZ website here.

The new Resurgence Support Payment information can be found on the Inland Revenue website here.

For anyone wanting to take advantage of the counselling initiative still on offer from the Vista Foundation and Home and Family Counselling, go here.

ScreenSafe has updated its COVID-19 information today. The latest information, guidelines, and resources are available here.

As always, we are available should members require advice, information or assistance, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

Stay safe, be kind.

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An update from ScreenSafe:

As of 11:59pm, Sunday 14 February, Auckland has moved to Alert Level 3 and the rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2. This will remain in place until at least until 12 midnight, Wednesday 17 February.

All productions need to ensure they are operating to the ScreenSafe COVID-19 Health & Safety Standard & Protocols as they relate to your region and Alert Level. Visit the ScreenSafe COVID-19 page for the full toolkit and information on how to apply the Alert Levels to your production.

Overview:

Face Coverings

Mask wearing or an appropriate face covering is now recommended for on set crew at Alert Levels 2 and 3. Crew who are able to work in isolation (i.e., work from home or in a single office) have more flexibility within the work space.

It is also required when performing close proximity tasks within level 2 and above, i.e. for make-up or hair.

Talent should wear masks when possible/when interacting with crew, although this will not be practical whilst on screen.

Physical Distancing Requirements

Within Alert Level 2, Productions to ensure all persons that are not part of your production bubble, and who enter the worksite, are to maintain 1 metre physical distance with crew members (i.e. filming in public spaces).

Alert Level 3 requires physical distancing between all crew, including talent, and is not conducive to most filming productions.

Travel to/from Auckland

Travel to/from Auckland is only allowed if you are returning to your place of residence OR if you’re an essential worker.
This means a production based outside of Auckland will not be able to travel Auckland crew to a location outside of Auckland until a reduction in Alert Levels.

Physical distancing and mask wearing is required for all domestic flights, trains, ferries, and ride share services like taxi’s and Ubers.

Contact Tracing

All NZ businesses are required to use the NZ COVID Tracer App (or a manual contract tracing log, preferable contactless). This includes all work sites, offices, locations and suppliers.

ScreenSafe Registration

ALL productions, including 1-person shoots, MUST register with ScreenSafe. It only takes 1 minute to do this: https://screensafe.co.nz/covid19/registration/

Numbers on Set

There are no restrictions on the amount of people on a work site. However, each production needs to assess their own requirements vs. the overall need for physical distancing, hygiene and risk to cast, crew and the public.

Talent

Within Alert Level 3, 1m physical distancing is required for all scripted action.

Talent must be able to dress themselves and do their own make up (under the guidance of crew if required).

No extras at Level 3.

Covid-19 Safety Notes

Every work site MUST have a site specific Covid-19 plan in place.

Note: councils will not issue filming permits without a thorough Covid-19 plan + a ScreenSafe registration.

Related Resources

ScreenSafe Level 3 Cheat Sheet – 15 February 2021 (PDF 540KB)