Big Things Brewing for DEGANZ Members According to Latest NZFC Funding Decisions

The New Zealand Film Commission (NZFC) released its March 2023 funding decisions, featuring many DEGANZ members’ projects in the mix.

Seven applications were approved for the Early Development and Documentary Development Fund, totalling over $143,600. Of the four feature dramas chosen, DEGANZ members are key creatives on three of them. Tom Augustine is on the team for Arsonist, Jackie van Beek on Sea Hags, and Kim Webby on Memory/Longing. Additionally, Thomas Burstyn (DEGANZ) is on the core creative team of Iggy In Love, one of the three feature documentaries approved for the fund.

NZFC’s annual fund for producing dramatic feature films in te reo Māori, He Pounamu Te Reo Māori Feature Film Initiative, has gone to writer/director Kath Akuhata-Brown (DEGANZ). This fund aims to increase the number of films produced in te reo Māori by creating culturally appropriate production financing pathways for such films. Kath’s film, KŌKĀ, follows the unlikely friendship that forms between Māori elder Hamo and delinquent teen Jo while on a road trip that bridges generations, culture, and morality.

Additionally, the lasting effects of COVID are not stopping DEGANZ members Marina Alofagia McCartney and Roseanne Liang. Marina’s short film The Return was one of four applications that received Extended Screen Production Recovery Funding. Meanwhile, the second season of the series drama Creamerie, directed and co-written by Roseanne, was approved for conditional equity as part of the Premium Contingency Fund.

Congratulations to all on the good news!

Last updated on 16 March 2023