NZ shotputter Valerie Adams

Congratulations to our members who have received conditional production financing offers in NZFC’s latest funding round. The NZFC Board approved a record $9.6 million across eight applications, including Stylebender and The Final Throw – The Dame Valerie Adams Story.

Zoe McIntosh is set to direct feature documentary Stylebender, which follows the story of a bullied Nigerian-New Zealander who must battle the world’s greatest UFC fighters, and his own demons, in his quest to become a global superstar.

Briar March is set to direct The Final Throw – The Dame Valerie Adams Story with Leanne Pooley set to produce.

The Pinkies are Back is a heart-warming and hilarious feature film, following a group of extraordinary women on their journey to rebuild a dragon-boating team. Edited by DEGNZ board member Francis Glenday, the film is now in cinemas around Aotearoa.

The documentary centres around the dragon boating team, The Pink Dragons – breast cancer survivors who dragon boat for exercise, the challenge and for the sense of community.

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Director and member Mia Maramara’s project Only Human is part of season 8 of the award-winning Loading Docs initiative. Only Human is an animated short film that asks the question: Is it possible to break up with your family?

They say you can’t choose your family, but can you overcome irreconcilable differences with those you love the most? The youngest daughter of an unconventional Filipino family explores the complexities of communicating across countries, generations and the internet.

Starting with crowdfunding campaigns, Loading Docs has announced eight new short documentaries by eight filmmaking teams. Brought together under the theme of Tūmanako/Hope, Loading Docs invites audiences to get behind the crowdfunding stage by supporting the creation of important Aotearoa stories. In a time of upheaval, filmmakers have opted to make documentary projects with themes that are personal to them.

But first, the filmmakers must raise $3,500 on homegrown website to unlock further funding from Loading Docs. It’s an all or nothing campaign running from today until April 15. If filmmakers don’t raise the funds, the documentary won’t get made. To find out more visit:

Congratulations to the many DEGNZ members who have been selected as finalists for Doc Edge Pitch 2021. DEGNZ members accepted as finalists include, Vanessa Wells with The Climate Canary, Gwen Isaac with Siouxsie & The Virus, Paul Wolffram with Sanguma, Kim Webby with Ratman and the Whales, Tom Burstyn with Iggy in Love and Mark McNeill with Being Chloe. Finals run at the end of April, best of luck to you all. Next, the finalists will participate in pitch preparation workshops to work towards their live and online pitches.

Previous Doc Edge Pitch winners include DEGNZ members Julia Parnell and Jan Oliver Lucks for Wilbur Force (2016) and Robyn Paterson for In Zone (2015).

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The documentary Six Angry Women was released on International Women’s Day (March 8) on TVNZ1 and is available on demand. Director and DEGNZ member Megan Jones reopened the 1984 mystery case where ‘six feminists kidnapped an Auckland University lecturer, beat him and chained him to a tree in a violent political action.’

“We all watched and discussed the film a great deal. We were so fascinated by the story and how you tell it. You get both the details of the specific event and the broader hidden history of sexual violence that has not been told before. It’s a unique film.” – Sudeep Sharma, Sundance Film Festival.

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