Posts

Our congratulations goes to the DEGANZ members whose work featured among the finalists for the 2021 NZ Web Fest Awards.

Taking out the award for Best NZ Pitch was Léah McVeagh (DEGANZ) for her pitch I Choose. Another special shout out to the runner up of that prize category, which went to fellow member Taylor Nixon for his pitch Roadie.

The five-part documentary series 100 Year Forecast, edited by Ben Chesters (DEGANZ) received a Special Mention under the Best Show – NZ Factual category. The Spinoff produced the online series, which explores the implications of climate change for Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as discussing potential action moving forward.

This year’s list of #NZWF21 award nominees also included other work from our members. Rachale Davies’ The Collective was a nominee for the Best Show – NZ Factual Award. Meanwhile, under the Best Pilot (NZ) category, both Anton Steel’s Chloe and the Crash Test and Samuel Shelton’s The Handy Circle were finalists.

Read the full list of winners on the NZ Web Fest website.

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 to follow and help the New Zealand Police as they reassess some of our most chilling unsolved murders.

The latest episode looks into the case of 34-year-old Timothy Pridding, who mysteriously vanished from Dunedin in 1994. Following the episode’s premiere on Tuesday on TV 2, the Police received an influx of tip-offs, which the Police are now reviewing.

Watch the episode on TVNZ OnDemand.

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 off the tail of last year’s euthanasia referendum. It follows a flawed but loving family as they are faced with tough questions and even tougher decisions when a family member decides to end their life after a terminal illness diagnosis.

The series explores a range of sensitive topics, including euthanasia and suicide. It was designed as a show to “open up conversations” by placing euthanasia at the forefront. The Pact examines how the decision to end one’s life impacts not only the individual concerned, but for those closest to them.

The Pact is available to watch now on TVNZ OnDemand.

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 the prize for Best Director for his short film Space Invader.

A tale of raw despair, carnal natures, and transcendent occurrences, June follows the story of Willow and David as their world disintegrates while trying to grapple with the news of a serious diagnosis from their doctor.

Isaac Bell’s comedy Space Invader follows young Max, a small boy with a big imagination, and his co-pilot father. Feeling threatened by the addition of a new woman in his father’s life, Max must do whatever it takes to confront this intruder before his father is lost forever.

Since 2009, the Guild has proudly sponsored both of these awards at Show Me Shorts, an Academy Awards-accredited festival.

Check out the full list of this year’s winners at the Show Me Shorts Facebook page here.

Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2021 have announced the nominees for their annual Awards Ceremony. Seventeen short films were nominated across eight categories including Best Director and Best Editor. As proud sponsors of these awards, DEGNZ warmly congratulates the nominees below and we look forward to seeing your mahi screen across the country.

The Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday 17 October in Auckland where the winners will be announced alongside the award-winning films.

Nominations for DEGNZ Best Director

Isaac Bell for Space Invader

Max is a small boy with a big imagination and a loyal co-pilot of a dad. But when Dad gets a new girlfriend, Max must find a way to confront this new menace before she steals his dad forever.

Kaitiaki Rodger for Matua

Manaaki returns home after the death of his mother. After the tangi, he is approached by two strangers to provide Te Reo Māori lessons to them. Manaaki reluctantly accepts, unaware that he is about to uncover hidden family secrets.

Dwayne Cameron for June

Willow and David receive a serious diagnosis from their doctor and attempt to deal with the mundane as their world disintegrates in the following 24 hours. This one day for the couple holds raw despair, unleashing carnal natures but a transcendent occurrence offers them the hope of new life.

 

Nominations for DEGNZ Best Editor

Peter Roberts and Dwayne Cameron for June

Willow and David receive a serious diagnosis from their doctor and attempt to deal with the mundane as their world disintegrates in the following 24 hours. This one day for the couple holds raw despair, unleashing carnal natures but a transcendent occurrence offers them the hope of new life.

Brendon Chan for Blood and Gold

New Zealand, 1861. Man’s hunt for gold is feverish. Through the snow-capped mountains a woman flees on horseback. When she encounters a horrific scene, she makes a decision which will alter the course of two lives…

Joseph Grigg for Blue Lake

Monster-hunting youtube sensations Phil and Angie are on the road again, searching to uncover Otago’s supernatural secrets. An eerie trip to Blue Lake could finally get them on the cover of the Otago Daily Times, or maybe the obituaries