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The NZWG announced the recipients of the second round of Seed and Seed Advanced for 2021 late last year, with many of our members’ faces among them!

Well done to Rajneel Singh, David Hay and DEGANZ Incubator alumni Nahyeon Lee and Stella Reid, who are all recipients of Seed grants. One of the most competitive writer-only grants for draft feature film scripts in NZ, this round of Seed received 148 applications.

Congrats also goes to member Jesse Griffin who is one of only two recipients of the Seed Advanced grants.

Nahyeon Lee – Vile Abjection

Rajneel Singh & Annamarie Connors – Leave Me Cold

David Hay – Shadowboxer

Stella Reid – The Band of the True Prophet

Jesse Griffin – Childish

Congratulations to all our members again!

See the full list here

Cornerstone has launched world sales at the 2021 European Film Market (EFM) for marriage-in-crisis comedy Nude Tuesday, directed by DEGNZ member Armağan Ballantyne and written by and starring Guild member Jackie van Beek.

Performed entirely in gibberish, the NZ-Australian co-production will be available with two deliverable sets of subtitles, written by prominent local comedians. However, distributors are also encouraged to engage local comedians to create their own subtitled version of the movie.

Nude Tuesday tells the story of a couple who, in an effort to rekindle the spark in their marriage, head to a couples’ retreat. Upon arrival, the path to their reconnection is met with hilarious farce, including Jermaine Clement’s sex guru, as they seek to find themselves and each other through their newfound sexual liberation.

Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder of Cornerstone expressed their enthusiasm for the film, “Jackie, Aramagan and the team are creating a wildly entertaining movie. It’s bold, inventive and achingly funny and we can’t wait to introduce Nude Tuesday to buyers for the first time.”

Berlin’s EFM was held virtually on 1-5 March 2021.

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Congratulations to director Anna Duckworth (DEGNZ) for being one of six screenwriters selected to participate in this years’ Show Me Shorts’ Screenwriting Lab. The mentoring scheme aims to assist writers in developing their ideas for short films. In the past, DEGNZ members have participated in the lab, developed their films and premiered the final cut at various film festivals, including, Mark PrebblesBaby?, which premiered at Show Me Shorts and Claire van Beek’s Daniel which premiered at Melbourne International Film Festival. This is a great opportunity and we recommend you consider this for 2022.

 

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The 3rd round of the 2020 Table Reads opens today. Open to writer-director teams and solo writer/directors from around Aotearoa who are members of DEGNZ and the New Zealand Writers Guild. Enter the draw with your feature film script and you could win a free online table read with up to six professional actors to help you with your next rewrite!

We would also like to hear from New Zealand actors interested in taking part. For information on how to submit a script or register as an actor, head over here.

Table Reads Round 2 Call

Calling writer-director teams and solo writer/directors from around New Zealand!

Enter the draw with your feature film script and you could win a free online table read to help you with your next rewrite.