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Michael Duignan and Renae Maihi

DEGNZ farewelled director Michael Duignan from the board in June and has welcomed director Renae Maihi (Ngāti Whakaue, Ngāpuhi) to the National Executive.

We wish to express our gratitude to Michael for his time and contributions to the Guild. While serving on the National Executive from 2017, Michael worked on behalf of DEGNZ as part of the Screen Sector Strategy 2030 facilitation group. He resigns to direct feature film The Swifty, which is heading into production.

Learn more about our board members and how to contact them here.

The NZFC have announced that 19 successful projects will receive funding as part of Ara ki Te Puna Kairangi – The Premium Development Fund, with a total of 1.5 million offered. The successful projects represent a broad array of ideas with the potential to engage both local and international audiences, and includes projects by our very own DEGNZ members.

Hannah Marshall will go ahead with another season of drama series Alibi with her production company Plus6Four Entertainment Limited.

Roseanne Liang, Ally Xue, JJ Fong and Perlina Lau, alongside Creamerie Ltd, have received funding for a second season of the post-apocalyptic black comedy Creamerie.

Max Currie with Autonomouse Limited, has received funding for another season of Rūrangi, a queer and trans-positive drama.

Congratulations to all our members. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.

DEGNZ members and 2020 Women Filmmakers Incubator alumni, Jess Smith and Pennie Hunt, alongside fellow member Gwen Isaac, have been selected for Script to Screen’s FilmUp Mentorship Programme.

An eight-month professional development programme for practising writers, directors and producers, the FilmUp programme supports and empowers up to nine practising filmmakers each year to reach the next stage in their film careers.

Throughout the programme, which begins in August, each participant receives 20 hours of mentorship with an esteemed industry mentor, participates in group work and round tables, and receives wrap-around support. Congratulations to our members taking part!

Script to Screen in partnership with US-based Catalyst Story Institute has announced the New Zealand finalists selected to participate in the Storieroad International program, among them are DEGNZ members Agnes Peel-McGregor and Mia Maramara. Among the semi-finalists were members Louise Lever and Gaylene Barnes.

The Storieroad International program is focused on discovering content creators and advancing creative careers within the global episodic marketplace.

Agnes Peel-McGregor’s screenplay for Shadowodd – a supernatural, dystopian thriller that tackles the theme of biodiversity loss, was selected as a finalist. Based in Australia, Agnes is an alumna of DEGNZ’s Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator.

Mia Maramara’s The Witch Doctor, a TV horror series which will feature the first ever use of the Filipino language on New Zealand broadcast, was selected as a finalist.

We wish our members and their projects the best of luck for the next step of Storieroad.

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Congratulations to the DEGNZ members whose films will screen at Cinema des Antipodes, a festival that showcases New Zealand and Australian films in the French town of Saint-Tropez as a taster ahead of the Festival des Antipodes this October.

DEGNZ board member Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa’s Hibiscus and Ruthless and Take Home Pay both screen as part of the programme. The two features were edited by Jack Woon.

Becs Arahanga and Nicole Whippy who both directed on Vai shall screen.

Isaac Lee (director, editor) and April Phillips (co-writer) will have their short film Haka also showcased in Saint-Tropez.