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The NZFC have announced that 19 successful projects will receive funding as part of Ara ki Te Puna Kairangi – The Premium Development Fund, with a total of 1.5 million offered. The successful projects represent a broad array of ideas with the potential to engage both local and international audiences, and includes projects by our very own DEGNZ members.

Hannah Marshall will go ahead with another season of drama series Alibi with her production company Plus6Four Entertainment Limited.

Roseanne Liang, Ally Xue, JJ Fong and Perlina Lau, alongside Creamerie Ltd, have received funding for a second season of the post-apocalyptic black comedy Creamerie.

Max Currie with Autonomouse Limited, has received funding for another season of Rūrangi, a queer and trans-positive drama.

Congratulations to all our members. We can’t wait to see the projects come to life.

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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Now available, the chilling series Teine Sā: The Ancient Ones tells stories of modern day issues impacting Pacific women, who will either be blessed or cursed when they look to ancient goddesses of the past for guidance.

The Pasefika horror series was written, directed and crewed by people of the Moana. Acclaimed directors Sima Urale and Toa Fraser (DEGNZ) mentored the young writers and directors of Teine Sā.

Recently selected for DEGNZ’s Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator, Matasila Freshwater wrote and directed episode 4, titled Hiama, a story from the Solomon Islands.

In this video, she speaks about the themes and reasons behind the story.


DEGNZ member Jack Woon was series editor. “It was a joy to see the kaleidoscope of visions from the five writer/director teams, to cut together the silken images shot by DOP Andrew McGeorge and to be given free rein to mould rhythm and soundscape as the series editor.”

Watch it on Prime TV with episodes airing every Thursday at 9:30pm. The five episode series – each episode roughly ten minutes – is also available to watch on Sky Go and The COCONET, and will be available on NEON from May 20.

DEGNZ member Julia Parnell’s new short documentary series Waiata / Anthems is now streaming on TVNZ OnDemand. Directed and produced by Julia, the seven episode series follows iconic Kiwi musicians as they share untold stories of fear and discovery while they translate and record their hit songs in te reo Māori.

Following on from the number one album of the same name, Waiata / Anthems follows musicians Hollie Smith, Che Fu, Annie Crummer, Bic Runga, Drax Project, Logan Bell, MELODOWNZ and Don McGlashan.

Speaking in a press release, Julia stated how proud she is to share these stories and how she hopes “this series will impact the deepening of our relationship with te reo and act as a springboard for more Māori music in the charts”.

Watch the series and see the accompanying live performance music videos, released on Youtube by TVNZ.

Mystic, a family action adventure series, has been given the greenlight for two more seasons by CBBC (UK) and TVNZ. It will be produced by DEGNZ member David Stubbs in NZ and Jen Burnet in the UK.

A joint production between Libertine Pictures (NZ) and Slim Film + Television (UK), the series follows teenager Issie Brown and her recently developed friendships with teen horse riders, as well as their efforts to save her new home by people that threaten it. Issie also begins to receive confusing visions of the future from ghost horse Mystic.

Created for television and written by Amy Shindler and Beth Chalmers (Pat & Cabbage for ITV, My Family for BBC One, Threesome for Comedy Central and Horrible Histories for CBBC), they will be joined by Kiwi writers Sam Shore (The Sounds, Filthy Rich), Martha Hardy-Ward (Ellen is Leaving), Hamish Bennett (Bellbird) and Briar Grace-Smith (Cousins, Waru).

Production on the new seasons begins on May 31 in New Zealand. There is no release date yet but the first season of Mystic is available on TVNZ OnDemand.