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Show Me Shorts Film Festival 2021 have announced the nominees for their annual Awards Ceremony. Seventeen short films were nominated across eight categories including Best Director and Best Editor. As proud sponsors of these awards, DEGNZ warmly congratulates the nominees below and we look forward to seeing your mahi screen across the country.

The Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday 17 October in Auckland where the winners will be announced alongside the award-winning films.

Nominations for DEGNZ Best Director

Isaac Bell for Space Invader

Max is a small boy with a big imagination and a loyal co-pilot of a dad. But when Dad gets a new girlfriend, Max must find a way to confront this new menace before she steals his dad forever.

Kaitiaki Rodger for Matua

Manaaki returns home after the death of his mother. After the tangi, he is approached by two strangers to provide Te Reo Māori lessons to them. Manaaki reluctantly accepts, unaware that he is about to uncover hidden family secrets.

Dwayne Cameron for June

Willow and David receive a serious diagnosis from their doctor and attempt to deal with the mundane as their world disintegrates in the following 24 hours. This one day for the couple holds raw despair, unleashing carnal natures but a transcendent occurrence offers them the hope of new life.

 

Nominations for DEGNZ Best Editor

Peter Roberts and Dwayne Cameron for June

Willow and David receive a serious diagnosis from their doctor and attempt to deal with the mundane as their world disintegrates in the following 24 hours. This one day for the couple holds raw despair, unleashing carnal natures but a transcendent occurrence offers them the hope of new life.

Brendon Chan for Blood and Gold

New Zealand, 1861. Man’s hunt for gold is feverish. Through the snow-capped mountains a woman flees on horseback. When she encounters a horrific scene, she makes a decision which will alter the course of two lives…

Joseph Grigg for Blue Lake

Monster-hunting youtube sensations Phil and Angie are on the road again, searching to uncover Otago’s supernatural secrets. An eerie trip to Blue Lake could finally get them on the cover of the Otago Daily Times, or maybe the obituaries

We’re excited to see that the 16th annual Show Me Shorts Film Festival programme, just announced, is bursting with our members’ work! You will find a list of them below and be able to catch these great films at the Festival in October.

June – editor Peter Roberts

Willow and David receive a serious diagnosis from their doctor and attempt to deal with the mundane as their world disintegrates in the following 24 hours. This one day for the couple holds raw despair, unleashing carnal natures but a transcendent occurrence offers them the hope of new life.

Milk – director/editor Celia Jaspers

When she sees an old man unable to pay for his milk, a young girl has a change of heart.

Bear with Me – producer Scott Flyger

A support group of toys come together and talk about their traumatic experiences with children. The group’s core belief is challenged by new member Stitch, who comes from a home with problems of its own.

Edamame – producer Roberto Nascimento

A tourist has a big night out in Tokyo and a LSD trip with a gorgeous local girl. It is a night to remember. Only problem is, he can’t. He turns for help from the most unexpected friends to uncover what happened.

These films were created by DEGNZ members and familiar faces from our Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator.

Sixteen – director/writer/editor Nahyeon Lee (Incubator 2021), produced by fellow member Julie Zhu

With an unplanned pregnancy and a strained relationship with her mother, life is not the K-pop fantasy Yaejin dreams of.

Green – director/writer Rachel Ross (Incubator 2020), editor Ben Chesters

An estranged father and daughter, both with life-altering illnesses, smoke marijuana together for the first time and it becomes healing in more ways than one.

Heart to Heart – director/writer/producer Lauren Porteous (Incubator 2018)

A prisoner’s only chance of escape is to become BFFs with the unpredictable woman holding her hostage.

Blood & Gold (pictured) – director Yamin Tun (Incubator 2016), editor Brendon Chan (Drama Editor Attachment alumnus)

New Zealand, 1861. Man’s hunt for gold is feverish. Through the snow-capped mountains a woman flees on horseback. When she encounters a horrific scene, she makes a decision which will alter the course of two lives…

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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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).