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The New Zealand International Film Festival has announced that local shorts will also screen before selected feature films in Auckland and Wellington, on top of the NZ’s Best and the Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika short film sections. Keep an eye out for these five short films by DEGNZ members.

The Man Downstairs

Director/producer and DEGNZ member Grant Lahood will have his short The Man Downstairs  screened this year during the festival. The premise is mysterious as young couple Jess and Tom move into the perfect new apartment upstairs from their landlord Colin, but then things start getting strange.

Marieville

Grant Lahood also has another short film screening, one he wrote, directed and produced called Marieville. Marieville is centred around Karen and a sudden encounter with an icon from her past that conjures evocative memories of her late father and his passion for a model Mississippi paddle boat.

The Meek

The storyline for The Meek simply couldn’t be more timely: in a twist of chromosomes and fate, young Izzy may also be the key to humanity’s future in a world ravaged by a deadly virus. The short film set to screen at this year’s festival is directed and written by DEGNZ member Gillian Ashurst and edited by Jonathan Woodford-Robinson.

Munkie

DEGNZ board member Steven Chow will see his film Munkie screened in Auckland and Wellington during the festival too. Steven wrote, directed and edited Munkie which tells the story of Rose and her violent plan for revenge against her domineering tiger parents.

Peninsula

In the film Peninsula, Mark is pushed out of his comfort zone while trying to reconnect with his estranged son Toby and deal with his new neighbour Amber who does things differently. Written and directed by Fiona McKenzie and edited and produced by Scott Flyger, Peninsula has done extremely well internationally and we are excited to have it screen on our shores again.

Six short films have been selected as finalists for Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival’s New Zealand’s Best Short Film Competition. Amongst those selected by Guest Selector, award-winning actress and filmmaker Kerry Fox, are films made by our very own DEGNZ members.

Only F**ks Pat Me on the Head

Only F**ks Pat Me on the Head is an intimate documentary about John, a Wellingtonian with Cerebral Palsy, as he shares the frustrations of living with CP in a world not designed to accommodate those who are different. This short doco is co-directed and co-produced by DEGNZ member Paul Wolffram.

Datsun

In Datsun, fourteen-year-old Matt takes his dad’s yellow Datsun for one last wild joyride with his best buddy and kid brother in tow. DEGNZ member Luke Haigh was the editor of the film.

A total of four prizes are to be won; The Vista Group Award for Best Short Film, the Creative New Zealand Emerging Talent Award, the Auckland Live Spirit of the Civic Award and The Audience Award.

Read more about the competition

Celebrating filmmakers of great web series content from across the globe, NZ Web Fest returns this year with a line-up that includes works from DEGNZ members.

100 Year Forecast

100 Year Forecast (pictured above) is a five-part documentary series from The Spinoff exploring what we know about climate change, the implications it will have on Aotearoa New Zealand and what we can do moving forward. The series was cut by DEGNZ member Ben Chesters.

The Collective

Rachale Davies’ The Collective is an eight-part doco series about six young musicians taking part in a youth music programme that pushes them into compelling journeys of self-discovering.

Chloe and the Crash Test

Selected for the Pilot category is Chloe and the Crash Test, an original comedy series from Mt Maunganui directed by Anton Steel. The show follows a group of 30-somethings as they try to get their chaotic lives on track.

The Handy Circle

Another selected for the Pilot Category, Samuel Shelton’s web series The Handy Circle is a drama / comedy set in a world where puppets and humans live side by side. Due to the new Puppet distancing act, puppets and human relations are outlawed; puppets have to learn to operate themselves while humans must come to terms with not being able to operate their puppet companions that they love to the verge of obsession. The Handy Circle is a recovery program to help the heavily addicted.

The second season of Head High from DEGNZ member Tim Worrall has been playing Monday nights on Three. Recommended by The Spinoff as one to watch with the whānau, you can stream season one and two of the award-winning series on ThreeNow.

Tim Worrall served as lead-writer and directed part of the series. The drama follows the rise of high school rugby stars, Mana and Tai (Jayden Daniels and Lionel Wellington), who with the guidance of their step-father and coach, Vince (Craig Hall), and police officer mum Renee (Miriama McDowell), fight to achieve the ‘Kiwi’ dream of wearing the black jersey.

Jonno Woodford-Robinson (DEGNZ) has edited three episodes on A24’s comedy-drama series, Mr. Corman, which debuted on Apple TV last week. Members Greg Jennings and Amanda Mulderry served as first assistant editors.

The 10-part series follows fifth-grade teacher Josh Corman as he struggles with anxiety, loneliness, forfeited dreams of a music career, and the sinking suspicion that he sucks as a person. Mr. Corman is created, written, and directed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who also stars in the lead role.

All episodes of the series were shot in the greater Wellington region earlier this year—with Wellington standing in as suburban Los Angeles—after the pandemic shutdown the production in LA.