The Guild has welcomed Rāhera Herewini-Mulligan (Ngāi Tūhoe/Ngāi Tai/Te Whānau a Apanui) and Sam Kelly to the DEGANZ board, while saying goodbye to editor Francis Glenday. A massive thank you to Francis for serving the Guild during his years on the National Executive since 2017.

Rāhera is an editor and field director who is a fluent speaker of te reo Māori with over 20 years experience in the television industry. Sam Kelly is the director of Savage (2019), his feature film debut, and short film Lambs.

Read more about our board members here.

Last updated on 2 June 2022

Congratulations to our members who will have their films seen by audiences at the Māoriland Film Festival in Ōtaki (June 29 – July 3).

Feature film Millie Lies Low, co-written and directed by Michelle Savill will play at MFF, while feature documentary Whetū Marama: Bright Star by Aileen O’Sullivan and Toby Mills is the Closing Night film.

Short documentary Vaka, directed by Kelly Moneymaker, will screen as part of the Whenua Shorts programme. Vaka reveals the energy and resilience of the Tokelauan people as they weave their customary-wisdom regarding the environment with modern eco-technologies to respond to climate change. Vaka was made by Kelly Moneymaker and other students at Massey University as a third year project in Creative Media Production.

Matasila Freshwater (DEGANZ 2021 Incubator alumna) will have her film Hiama screen as part of The Spiritual Constant programme.

Karanga by Mary-Lyn Chambers will play as part of the Whakapapa Shorts programme. Karanga is a love letter to the late Tiahuia Te Puea Herangi Ramihana Gray explored through dance and spoken word, choreographed by her daughter.

Kath Akuhata-Brown’s Washday will feature in the Aotearoa Shorts programme. The short film follows a father who turns his car into a water pump while his young daughter becomes a force of nature.

Māoriland is the largest Indigenous film festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Take a look at the full programme here.

Last updated on 2 June 2022

The Wairoa Māori Film Festival is back on this Queen’s Birthday weekend (June 3-6) with a long list of great films featuring on their programme, including short films created by some of our members at DEGANZ.

Perfect Storm, directed and edited by Morag Brownlie, and Mary-Lyn Chambers’ Karanga will screen as part of the Made in Aotearoa Shorts programme.

Chantelle Burgoyne’s Sista, edited by board member Annie Collins, will feature in the Moana Nui a Kiwa Shorts programme, while, Washday by Kath Akuhata-Brown screens in the Mana Māori Shorts programme.

Two members’ films will screen as part of the Mana Wahine Shorts programme, Michelle Savill’s Ellen is Leaving (2012) and Mary-Lyn Chambers’ Karanga.

Congratulations to our members!

If you are in Wairoa this weekend, make sure to support all the films screening. View the full programme here.

Last updated on 2 June 2022

The New Zealand International Film Festival has announced a line-up of exciting New Zealand feature films that have been selected to screen at the festival so far. Part of the excitement of these two anthology films is how they spotlight many of our talented local filmmakers and present a diverse range of experiences and perspectives among our indigenous and people of colour.

World Premiere for Kāinga

Following the success of Waru and Vai, the trilogy completes with Kāinga. Eight Pan-Asian female filmmakers craft unique stories that chronicle the diverse, ever-changing experiences of Asians trying to make Aotearoa New Zealand their home.

In this anthology film set in a single house, DEGANZ members Michelle Ang, Ghazaleh Golbakhsh, Julie Zhu and Nahyeon Lee each directed one of the eight stories, alongside HASH, Angeline Loo, and DEGANZ alumni Asuka Sylvie and Yamin Tun. Nahyeon and Ghazaleh also wrote on the project, as well as fellow member Mia Maramara. The screenplay was also written by Mei-Lin Te Puea Hansen, Asuka Sylvie, Shreya Gejji, HASH and Angeline Loo.

NZ Premiere for We Are Still Here

This film is an unparalleled First Nations celebration. It interweaves eight stories by 10 directors from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific. That includes DEGANZ members Tim Worrall, Chantelle Burgoyne and board member Renae Maihi.

We Are Still Here is a poetic and powerful statement of resistance and survival, conceived as a cinematic response to the 250th anniversary of James Cook’s arrival in this region. The movie is a joint indigenous initiative between Screen Australia’s First Nations Department and the NZ Film Commission. The other directors involved are Beck Cole, Danielle MacLean, Dena Curtis, Richard Curtis, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa and Tracey Rigney.

See the full list of films announced so far at NZIFF.

Last updated on 2 June 2022

Congratulations to the DEGANZ members who are involved in projects green-lit in the final production funding round of Te Puna Kairangi – Premium Productions for International Audiences Fund. The fund was jointly administered by the three funding agencies: the NZ Film Commission, NZ On Air and Te Māngai Paho.

Creamerie (Drama Series 6 x 22min)

Audiences are in for another round of madness as Creamerie has been funded for a second season. Created by DEGANZ member Roseanne Liang, JJ Fong, Perlina Lau and Ally Xue, the black comedy will follow on from that cliffhanger.

Creamerie Season One is available to watch here.

After the Party (Drama Series 6 x 43min)

DEGANZ member Peter Salmon is set to direct this new drama series. After the Party follows Penny as her world implodes when she accuses her husband of a sex crime, and nobody believes her. Five years later, she must decide what’s more important – the truth, or rebuilding her relationship with her daughter. The series is being written by Dianne Taylor. Peter Salmon will also produce with Helen Bowden.

Escaping Utopia (Documentary Series 3 x 45 min)

Michelle Savill will serve as one of three directors, alongside Justin Pemberton and Natalie Malcon, on this documentary series that focuses on the question: what if your entire life was based on lies?

The Panthers (Drama Series 6 x 44 min)

Member Becs Arahanga, Halaifonua Finau and Tom Hern are the writers of Season 2 of The Panthers. The second season follows the Polynesian Panthers as they begin a new chapter of their lives; now juggling young families and jobs in the capitalist world, working for ‘The Man’. But the revolution waits for no one.

The Panthers Season One is available to watch here.

Congrats again to all of our members! We can’t wait to see your projects come to life.

See the full list of projects here.

Last updated on 1 June 2022