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DEGNZ member Gal Hochman has directed, written and produced the third episode of Re: and TVNZ’s documentary series, Young and… Titled Young and Can’t Cum, Gal talks to a group of women to uncover what is really happening under the sheets, and why women struggle to orgasm. Gal has also written a companion piece for Re: News, involving the women from the documentary.

The series follows a range of young voices, offering a unique and fresh perspective on what it’s really like to be in your twenties in 21st century Aotearoa, in this collection of compelling, stand-alone documentaries.

Watch it 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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DEGNZ member Celia Jaspers’s short film Milk has made official selection in the Oscar-qualifying LA Shorts International Film Festival this month, one of only 12 films selected from Australasia.

The short film, made on a zero budget with an outpouring of generosity and kindness, follows a story of a young girl who foregoes her hard-earned treats at the local dairy to help an elderly gentleman. Celia said the idea for the film was born post-lockdown, when a heightened awareness of our communities and being kind was prevalent.

Written, directed and edited by Celia, Milk stars her daughter Charlotte Jaspers, local cafe worker Christy Anne Sullivan and veteran actor Frank Edwards (LOTR, The Hobbit). The short film has 12 international festivals under its belt and has picked up Best Film at the Reale Film Festival in Italy. Charlotte picked up Best Actress finalist at the Golden Short Film Festival in Italy, and the top acting honours at the Nenagh Children’s Film Festival in Ireland.

In an interview with Stuff, Celia speaks about how grateful she was for all the support received to make this micro short, and how proud she is of the fact that the film’s production was led by a team of working mums.

Milk will have its US Premiere at LA Shorts Fest on July 12.