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Congratulations to our DEGNZ members whose short films have been selected to compete in this year’s Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts.

Disrupt

Our very own Margot Francis (DEGNZ board member) was the supervising editor while Lisa Greenfield edited Disrupt. In the aftermath of a burglary gone wrong, CJ must choose between his whānau or his next fix.

Sista

Co-written and directed by member Chantelle Burgoyne, produced by Marina McCartney and cut by DEGNZ board member Annie Collins, Sista is about the relationship between Isabelle and her teenaged older sister Tiana. Isabelle feels left behind as Tiana grows up, leading to a moment of betrayal that threatens to shatter their relationship forever. Both Chantelle and Marina are alumni of the DEGNZ Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator.

In total, five short films from Aotearoa and the Pacific were shortlisted to compete for the two grand prizes up for grabs; the Wellington UNESCO City of Film award for Best Film and the Letterboxd Audience Award.

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We’re excited to see that the 16th annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival programme, just announced, is bursting with our members’ work! You will find a list of them below and be able to catch these great films at the Festival in October.

June – editor Peter Roberts

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.

Milk – director/editor Celia Jaspers

When she sees an old man unable to pay for his milk, a young girl has a change of heart.

Bear with Me – producer Scott Flyger

A support group of toys come together and talk about their traumatic experiences with children. The group’s core belief is challenged by new member Stitch, who comes from a home with problems of its own.

Edamame – producer Roberto Nascimento

A tourist has a big night out in Tokyo and a LSD trip with a gorgeous local girl. It is a night to remember. Only problem is, he can’t. He turns for help from the most unexpected friends to uncover what happened.

These films were created by DEGNZ members and familiar faces from our Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator.

Sixteen – director/writer/editor Nahyeon Lee (Incubator 2021), produced by fellow member Julie Zhu

With an unplanned pregnancy and a strained relationship with her mother, life is not the K-pop fantasy Yaejin dreams of.

Green – director/writer Rachel Ross (Incubator 2020), editor Ben Chesters

An estranged father and daughter, both with life-altering illnesses, smoke marijuana together for the first time and it becomes healing in more ways than one.

Heart to Heart – director/writer/producer Lauren Porteous (Incubator 2018)

A prisoner’s only chance of escape is to become BFFs with the unpredictable woman holding her hostage.

Blood & Gold (pictured) – director Yamin Tun (Incubator 2016), editor Brendon Chan (Drama Editor Attachment alumnus)

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…

The NZFC has announced the ten screen storytellers who will take part in their 2021 online mentorship programme. Congrats to board member Renae Maihi and members Pennie Hunt and Matasila Freshwater!

Renae Maihi will be mentored by writer-director Dame Gaylene Preston to further develop a feature film thriller.

Pennie Hunt will further develop a feature film drama, mentored by fellow DEGNZ member Rob Sarkies.

Matasila Freshwater will be mentored by Briar Grace-Smith to further develop a feature film crime/comedy.

Renae and Pennie are alumni of the DEGNZ Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator, along with Catherine Bisley and Hiona Henare who have also been awarded mentorships. Matasila is a participant in the Incubator this year.

The online mentorship programme is titled Hunga Taunaki ā Rorohiko, which refers to working with others and recognising that it takes more than one person to help achieve your aspirations.

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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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