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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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The NZFC and Script to Screen yesterday announced the six successful teams funded through the highly contestable Fresh Shorts initiative. Congratulations to members Hweiling Ow and Mia Maramara with their short film project Vivie, and DEGNZ events manager, Tema Pua, who will be directing Cradle & Grave! The Fresh Shorts teams will be granted $15K towards their short films.

The six were selected from a pool of 97 applications. 18 teams were shortlisted and given feedback from independent assessors. Supported by Fresh Shorts facilitator Miriam Smith they submitted a more detailed application to Whiringa Tuarua – Stage Two in January. From the 18 submissions, six were selected.

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