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Local film This Town will shortly have its US Premiere at Seattle International Film Festival (April 8-18), while short film Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro) has also been officially selected for SIFF 2021. Congrats to board member Francis Glenday, editor on This Town, and to Daddy’s Girl director Cian Elyse White (DEGNZ) and editor, DEGNZ board member Annie Collins. Daddy’s Girl will screen within SIFF’s short film programme Leveling Up.

Doc Edge Festival has announced three films, which are set to screen as part of the 16th edition. One is High Tide Don’t Hide, directed by members of The Rebel Film Collective: Niva Kay (DEGNZ), Emily McDowell, Nia Phipps and Phil Stebbing.

In High Tide Don’t Hide, driven by the climate crisis, five teenagers in New Zealand join the global student protests. But when challenged by Pasifika students the movement has to confront its racial prejudices to lead one of the biggest strikes in the country’s history.

The 2021 Festival will be an all new fusion event, returning to Auckland and Wellington theatres while playing online across the nation. Doc Edge is continuing its commitment to offering unique experiences by working with New Zealand artists to create a festival village at each venue. Festival-goers will enjoy entertainment including art installations, live performances, and virtual and augmented reality exhibitions.

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Congratulations are in order for the team behind Pain that includes director and Incubator alumna Anna Duckworth and editor Brendon Chan. The short, funded under the NZ Film Commission’s Fresh Shorts, has been selected for three international film festivals this month.

Their short drama will have its North American premiere in April at the Aspen Shortsfest, followed by the Stockholm International Film Festival Junior and the Busan International Short Film Festival.

Our congratulations goes out to Show Me Shorts winners Dylan Pharazyn, winner of the DEGNZ Best Editor award for the music video Career by Wax Chattels, and Isaac Knights-Washbourn, who was awarded the DEGNZ Best Director award for Money Honey.

Stuck in the middle of Auckland’s housing crisis, two young hustlers discover some money and try to double it in the hope of buying an epic sandwich in Knights-Washbourn’s Money Honey. Catch the film in The Sampler. Dylan Pharazyn directed and edited the music video for Wax Chattels, which also took home NZ On Air Best Music video. This vivid tale plays as part of Tangled Worlds.

In another special mention, the Department of Post Best NZ Film Award went to Tweedie Waititi and DEGNZ member Cian Elyse White for Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro).

DEGNZ is again a proud sponsor of the Best Director and Best Editor awards at Show Me Shorts Film Festival this year (October 2 – 28). Our warmest congratulations to the 2020 nominees! We look forward to celebrating the award winners at the Awards Night on Sunday 4 October at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, in Auckland.

DEGNZ Best Director

  • Isaac Knights-Washbourn for Money Honey 
  • Hannah Marshall for Frankie Jean and the Morning Star 
  • Cian Elyse White for Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro) 

DEGNZ Best Editor

  • Dylan Pharazyn for Career by Wax Chattels 
  • Damian Golfinopoulos and Arielle Sullivan for We Rock!
  • Annie Collins for Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro) 

Since 2009, the Guild has supported talented up-and-coming directors and editors with Show Me Shorts.

The 2020 hybrid programme will entail both cinema and online screenings at 30 venues nationwide. Be sure to grab your tickets to what is Show Me Shorts’ largest festival yet, with 75 short films and 3 music videos in the programme.

Congratulations also goes out to our members who have directed or edited New Zealand Official Selections:

Cian Elyse White (Dir. Daddy’s Girl – Kōtiro), Annie Collins (Ed. Daddy’s Girl – Kōtiro), Kerri Roggio (Ed. Oranges and Lemons), Claire van Beek (Dir. Daniel), John Gilbert & Conan Mornard-Stott (Ed. Daniel), Alexander Gander (Dir. Hit Me Where It Hurts by Alae), Anna Rose Duckworth (Dir. Pain), Brendon Chan (Ed. Pain), Damian Golfinopoulos (Ed. Money Honey), Kyan Krumdieck (Dir. Working Class).