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After unveiling a brand new look and identity, Whānau Mārama: New Zealand International Film Festival has announced the highly-anticipated programme for its online and in cinema programme.

Congratulations to all of the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ members who have been selected to play in the 2020 festival! We strongly encourage you to support these filmmakers and your film community by packing out limited cinema screenings or renting Kiwi films to enjoy at home. DEGNZ members are eligible for concession prices where offered.

The Girl on the Bridge

Directed by member and NZ Arts Laureate Leanne Pooley and edited by DEGNZ board member Margot Francis, The Girl on the Bridge follows the inspiring journey of 21-year-old Jazz Thornton during the pivotal two-year period she was emerging out of her own struggles with suicide to become a powerful advocate for mental health.

The feature documentary is set to have its world premiere at NZIFF on July 25, 4pm at ASB Waterfront Theatre, then available online and in select venues.

 

The Girl on the Bridge

New Zealand’s Best 2020

This year, director Tusi Tamasese was the guest curator for this competitive short film programme, selecting the top six finalists. Four of the six feature the talents of DEGNZ members.

Set in 1973, Oranges & Lemons tells a bullied girl’s story to find her voice in the strangest place, directed by Robyn Grace and edited by Kerri Roggio.

Anna Duckworth‘s Pain, Claire van Beek‘s Daniel and Cian Elyse White‘s debut short Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro) were made through the NZ Film Commission’s Fresh Shorts initiative. Pain explores a young girl’s earth-shattering realisation that her father is not invincible and is edited by member Brendon Chan.

Daniel will have its NZ premiere at Whānau Mārama after its world premiere at MIFF and in competition selection for Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival. The film was edited by John Gilbert and member Conan Mornard-Stott.

Cut by Annie Collins, Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro) is a story about the powerful love between a father and his daughter in the face of a painful truth.

The programme will be in cinema at select venues or online from July 26 – August 1. If you watch NZ’s Best, make sure you vote for the Audience Choice Award.

 

Oranges and Lemons, Pain, Daniel, Daddy's Girl (Kōtiro)

Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2020

For the first time, Ngā Whanaunga will be a competitive programme. Purea is written and directed by Kath Akuhata-Brown. Māori elder Hamo must bear the burden of carrying the spirits of her ancestors to their sacred mountain.

Ngā Whanaunga will premiere in cinema on July 26 and is available to watch online from July 27 – 2 August.

 

Purea

Kiwi Shorts

Kiwi Shorts is a curation of six New Zealand shorts that the Festival promises will put a smile on your face. Garage Stories: A Strange Collective Experience of Isolation, directed by Catherine Bisley, captures our nation’s recent experience under Level 4 lockdown.

Two nine-year-old girls find an enterprising way to satisfy their craving for ice cream in Ruby Abbott HarrisTriple Scoop. The programme also features Missy Fishy from director Erin Murphy – a whimsical tale about Miss Fish, a super mum, who struggles to tame her otherworldly urges.

Available to rent from August 1 – 7.

 

Garage Stories, Triple Scoop, Missy Fishy

 

Tickets for the Festival’s premiere screenings go on sale from July 10 and rental options can be purchased from the first available screening date, starting July 25. If you’re planning to watch at home, NZIFF suggests you start getting ready: set up your account, test, browse and start planning.

Tema Pua
Events & Marketing Manager

NZIFF 2019

Tonight, the New Zealand International Film Festival opens and with that, we congratulate members of the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ who have films in this year’s programme.

For My Father’s Kingdom

For My Father’s Kingdom premieres at home at the Civic Theatre after its Berlinale world premiere earlier this year. This debut feature documentary is co-directed by Vea Mafile’o (DEGNZ) and Jeremiah Tauamiti, and follows the story of Vea’s father Saia Mafile’o. The film is edited by Guild board member Margot Francis.

Vea and Jeremiah were part of our Documentary Editing Masterclass with their film in 2017 with US editor Doug Blush.

Join them for a Q+A after at screenings in Auckland and Wellington (August 10). Flicks also asked the directors eight questions about their film.

 

For My Father's Kingdom

New Zealand’s Best 2019

Congratulations to our members whose short films have been selected by Jane Campion for the only competitive programme at NZIFF, New Zealand’s Best 2019. Egg Cup Requiem is co-directed by DEGNZ’s Prisca Bouchet with Nick Mayow. Krystal is edited by Cushla Dillon and Hinekura is the new film from director Becs Arahanga about a young woman’s rite of passage upon her first menstruation in 1600s Aotearoa.

Tickets are officially selling fast for the Auckland screening on Saturday 27 July.

 

Egg Cup Requiem, Krystal, Hinekura

Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2019

Ngā Whanaunga features Liliu, edited by former DEGNZ president Peter Roberts and Rū, cut by longtime board member Annie Collins.

Ways to See is written and directed by Jessica Sanderson, edited by Anastasia Doniants and made under Fresh 30. We do love a DEGNZ director-editor team up. Ways to See follows the attempts of a young Māori girl to reconnect with her absent father. Anastasia Doniants is also the editor on a second film here, Ani.

 

Liliu, Ways to See, Ru, Ani

Short Connections

Already sold out in Auckland and Wellington, Short Connections includes director Armagan Ballantyne’s collaboration with Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School, Hush. Walk a Mile is edited by Janine Frei, and Memory Foam by editor Chia Hsu.

Across all the shorts programmes, it’s exciting to see so many Guild editors with work playing at this year’s festival.

 

Hush, Walk a Mile, Memory Foam

Herbs: Songs of Freedom

The curtains will close on the Auckland NZIFF programme with the World Premiere of Herbs: Songs of Freedom, an affectionate tribute to the iconic Kiwi band Herbs. The documentary is the latest editing collaboration between DEGNZ board member Francis Glenday and director/editor Tearepa Kahi, following POI E: The Story of our Song. POI E opened NZIFF 2016 and was nominated for Best Documentary Editor at the Rialto Channel NZ Film Awards.

Herbs: Songs of Freedom is bound to be another uplifting (and super catchy) local cinematic pleasure.

 

Herbs: Songs of Freedom

 

As a film community, support your fellow filmmakers and enjoy your time at NZIFF!

Members, don’t forget you can receive discounts on select screenings and the Masterclass with Thom Zimny. Check your inbox for the DEGNZ discount code in current newsletters.

Tema Pua
Events & Marketing Manager

Director Thom Zimny

Film director Thom Zimny (The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash) will lead a Masterclass for filmmakers in Auckland as part of NZIFF 2019.

This is the second time NZIFF has been able to provide a Masterclass designed for industry practitioners, thanks to an Artistic Development Partnership with Creative New Zealand. The Masterclass will take place on Thursday 1 August and will be run by the Directors & Editors Guild of New Zealand (DEGNZ) on behalf of NZIFF.

Thom Zimny, known for his award-winning documentaries, will take filmmakers inside his process from the research phase through to the edit with special focus on the edit process. Works discussed will include The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley: The Searcher.

Masterclass attendees are encouraged to see The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash at NZIFF beforehand (Tuesday 30 July or Wednesday 31 July).

Limited tickets for the Masterclass are on sale from Ticketmaster.

Masterclass with Thom Zimny

Thursday 1 August 2.00pm to 5.30pm

Venue: WG701, WG Building, AUT City Campus, 55 Wellesley Street East, Auckland Central 1010

Ticket prices: $30 Full price / $20 Industry guild concession*

About Thom Zimny

Thom Zimny is an award-winning artist, director, producer and editor. Working with Bruce Springsteen for the past 18 years, Zimny has directed documentaries including Bruce Springsteen’s High Hopes, The Ties That Bind and the newly released Springsteen On Broadway. He has previously directed and produced two feature length documentaries chronicling key chapters in Bruce Springsteen’s recording career, winning a Grammy for Wings For Wheels: The Making of Born to Run. In addition, Zimny edited three seasons of the highly acclaimed HBO series by David Simon, The Wire and helmed music videos for Bob Dylan, The Low Anthem and many others. The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash was made in collaboration with the Cash Estate, and premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival.

The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash

Auckland screenings featuring a Q+A with Thom Zimny

Tuesday 30 July, 6.15pm at ASB Waterfront Theatre

Wednesday 31 July, 3.15pm at ASB Waterfront Theatre

Wellington screenings

Saturday 3 August at 6.15pm at Soundings Theatre, Te Papa

Monday 5 August at 6.30pm at the Roxy Cinema

Tuesday 6 August at 2.15pm at the Roxy Cinema

 

* Apply the Industry code from your guild/association when booking.

Director Debra Granik

Film director Debra Granik (Leave No Trace, Winter’s Bone) will lead a Directing Masterclass for filmmakers in Auckland as part of NZIFF 2018.

This is the first time NZIFF have been able to provide a Masterclass designed for industry practitioners, thanks to a new Artistic Development Partnership with Creative New Zealand. The Masterclass will be a half day course on Friday 27 July and will be run by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ (DEGNZ) on behalf of NZIFF.

Debra Granik, known for her social realism film style, will take filmmakers through an interactive discussion of her work with a focus on Leave No Trace and Winter’s Bone. She will also share examples from her filmmaking influences and past and current documentary work.

Masterclass attendees are encouraged to see Leave No Trace at NZIFF beforehand (Friday 27 July, 10.45am at the Civic).

Limited tickets for the Directing Masterclass will be on sale from Ticketmaster at 9.00am on Monday 23 July.

Directing Masterclass with Debra Granik, Friday 27 July 2.30pm to 6.30pm

Venue: AUT City Campus, 55 Wellesley Street East, Auckland Central 1010

Ticket prices: $25 Full price / $15 Industry guild concession*

About Debra Granik

Debra Granik is the director and co-writer of Winter’s Bone, which was nominated for four Oscars including Best Picture. It featured John Hawkes and Jennifer Lawrence in her breakthrough role. Granik and co-writer Anne Rosellini were also Oscar-nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay. Her first film, Down to the Bone, starring Vera Farmiga, won Granik the Best Director Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. In 2015 Granik completed Stray Dog, a feature documentary which aired on Independent Lens and was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Leave No Trace is her fourth feature, and it premiered at Sundance 2018 and screened as part of the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight. It stars Ben Foster and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie.

 


Granik will introduce her film and hold Q+As at The Civic in Auckland and the Embassy Theatre in Wellington. New Zealand actress and lead star of the film, Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, is also confirmed to join Debra Granik at the Saturday (Auckland) and Sunday (Wellington) screenings.

Auckland screening featuring a Q+A with Debra Granik
Friday 27 July, 10.45am at the Civic Theatre

Auckland screening featuring a Q+A with Debra Granik and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie
Saturday 28 July, 6.45pm at the Civic Theatre

Wellington Screenings featuring a Q+A with Debra Granik and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie
Sunday 29 July, 6.00pm at Embassy Theatre (Sold out)
Monday 30 July, 12.45pm at Embassy Theatre

 


* Members will have received their NZIFF discount code through their guild.

Last Summer

Previously, we rounded up eight feature films from DEGNZ members in part 1 and part 2. This year, our members have also been generously featured in all four short film programmes at the New Zealand International Film Festival, ranging from the competitive New Zealand’s Best to the stylish and eclectic collection of Eight Uneasy Pieces.

Here is a handy list of all the shorts from our members to watch out for at the festival.

New Zealand’s Best

New Zealand’s Best is NZIFF’s only competitive category for short films. NZIFF programmers have reviewed 84 submissions to make a shortlist of 12 short films, from which director and cinematographer Leon Narbey has selected six finalists. The winner of the audience vote takes away the Audience Choice Award, consisting of 25 percent of the box office from the main-centre NZIFF screenings. 

Here are three short films from our members to root for in this year’s New Zealand’s Best competition.

MY FRIEND MICHAEL JONES is co-directed by DEGNZ member Samson Rambo and edited by DEGNZ member Luke Haigh. Set within an Otara school where bullying is ritualised into normality, an unlikely friendship between a high school misfit with OCD and a popular classmate forms the basis of this uplifting tale of acceptance.

CHARMER, edited by DEGNZ member Paul Wedel, is a portrait of a dating couple’s first real encounter. NZIFF notes the film for the languor of its pace and the sensitivity of its performances as it touches on essential issues of sexuality, isolation, and age.

SAIL AWAY, edited by DEGNZ member Dione Chard, is a cabaret romp about a young man who leaves his job at Quality Control to become a deep-sea sailor. Inspired by the likes of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin, yet infused with a unique humour, this short film is about following your dreams into the unknown.

Read more about this programme >

My Friend Michael Jones

My Friend Michael Jones

 

Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts

A curated collection of the year’s best Maori and Pasifika short films.

In the heartfelt documentary NATIVE IN NUHAKA, award-winning director and DEGNZ member Hiona Henare explores the close-knit community behind the Wairoa Maori Film Festival, the first New Zealand festival to be run by a Maori whanau. Craig Fasi writes, “Beautiful and undeniably real, Native in Nuhaka encourages more natives to use film as their statement of choice.”

THE MESSIAH, edited by DEGNZ members Cushla Dillon and Fauze Hassen, is an urban coming of age story about a young Polynesian boy’s encounter and experience with a self-proclaimed 14-year-old Messiah. A modern aesop infused with a unique cultural perspective, Leo Koziol calls this film ‘a sublime, dreamy, and surreal Polynesian parable.’

Read more about this programme >

Native in Nukaha

Native in Nukaha

 

Foreign Correspondents

International stories with a Kiwi eye.

Inspired by her own time staying in Japan with her grandmother, DEGNZ member Asuka Sylvie directs LAST SUMMER, an atmospheric drama about a young boy’s summer with his grandmother who is beginning to show signs of dementia. It featured in the Short Film Programme at Toronto International Film Festival. 

THE HORNS OF KOLKATA is a documentary by DEGNZ member Andrew Scott that explores the essentiality of honking and horns on the streets of Kolkata, India.

DEGNZ member Shailesh Prajapati co-produces SHIT ONE CARRIES, set in India, about the awkward intimacies between a father and son as old age approaches and caregiver roles are reversed by necessity.

Read more about this programme >

Last Summer

Last Summer

 

Eight Uneasy Pieces 

‘The Cinema of Unease’ explores the nooks and crannies of New Zealand.

In BATS, DEGNZ member Michelle Savill directs a stylish ensemble portrait of hard-partying twenty-something Wellingtonians as they crash their way through a neon night of sex, freedom, and friendship.

THE BROTHER, edited by DEGNZ member Luke Haigh, is a tense tale of a prodigal son’s hunt for atonement, set against the rugged backdrop of the South Island.

DEGNZ member Lauren Porteous premieres an extended cut of her 48Hours Grand Final Winner UNDER THE BRIDGE, a drama about a runaway’s encounter with a homeless man that addresses one of the most pertinent issues in New Zealand today with cinematic flair.

Read more about this programme >

Bats

Bats

 

Shorts with Features

I WILL NOT WRITE UNLESS I AM SWADDLED IN FURS, directed by DEGNZ member Wade Shotter and based on the comedic short piece of the same name by John Babbott, is a portrait of a fussy writer’s battle with his own ego and procrastination. Catch this short as it screens before Juliet, Naked.

I Will Not Write Unless I Am Swaddled in Furs

I Will Not Write Unless I Am Swaddled in Furs