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Congratulations to the DEGNZ members whose films will screen at Cinema des Antipodes, a festival that showcases New Zealand and Australian films in the French town of Saint-Tropez as a taster ahead of the Festival des Antipodes this October.

DEGNZ board member Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa’s Hibiscus and Ruthless and Take Home Pay both screen as part of the programme. The two features were edited by Jack Woon.

Becs Arahanga and Nicole Whippy who both directed on Vai shall screen.

Isaac Lee (director, editor) and April Phillips (co-writer) will have their short film Haka also showcased in Saint-Tropez.

Congratulations to DEGNZ member Arvid Eriksson, as his short film Acknowledgements picked up the Grand Jury Prize for Best Arthouse Short Film and the Audience Award at Film Invasion LA.

In a Q&A with the film festival, Arvid spoke about the amazing experience making this film and how quickly it all came together with the help of friends and colleagues.

 

 

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.

This past Queen’s Birthday weekend saw the annual Wairoa Māori Film Festival take place, a festival that celebrates Māori cinema, with multiple films by DEGNZ members showcased.

Chantelle Burgoyne with Ocean and Jaimee Poipoi with Guess You were a part of the Mana Wahine Shorts programme.

Karma by Sam Li and Flip by DEGNZ Incubator alumna Jessica Grace Smith screened as part of the festival’s Midnight Madness programme. Flip was edited by Guild member Alex Boyd.

Meanwhile, Hannah Marshall’s Frankie Jean & The Morning Star, edited by Luke Haigh, played in the Aotearoa Shorts programme.

Matariki on the Move

Keep an eye out for Cian Elyse White’s Daddy’s Girl (Kōtiro), edited by Annie Collins, which will screen in local Auckland cinemas as part of the festival’s Matariki on the Move programme (June 24 – July 6). It will play alongside other short and feature-length films, including Merata Mita’s Mauri.

Kia Ora Shorts

Wairoa Māori Film Festival has also curated a list of the best Māori short films in their Kia Ora Shorts programme, screening in Auckland on July 8 – 9. Ngariki Ngatae’s Te Wao Nui, edited by Tia Taurere-Clearsky (DEGNZ), will feature alongside Frankie Jean & The Morning Star and Daddy’s Girl (Kotiro).

If you’re in Tāmaki Makaurau, check out the full programmes and where to watch them here.

DEGNZ member Arvid Eriksson’s Acknowledgements, a dreamy art film shot at Auckland’s iconic Parnell Baths, will have its world premiere at Film Invasion Los Angeles this month, a festival which celebrates independent and art-house film. It will compete for the Best Experimental Short Film Award.

The film is based on a poem by NZ poet Louise Wallace and features Kiwi comedian Donna Brookbanks (Funny Girls) as a bored pool attendant and the voice of veteran actor Elizabeth McRae. Acknowledgements reflects on the marvel of other people and how we all affect each other.

Arvid is currently developing another abstract short while directing commercial projects and writing on a feature.

Watch the trailer here: