The 69th Sydney Film Festival (June 8-19) will be back in cinemas across 12 days and nights, promising to showcase the greatest, strangest and most exciting works cinema has to offer, with a number of DEGANZ members featuring.

Anthology film We Are Still Here will open SFF as well as have its World Premiere. The film is an unparalleled First Nations celebration, interweaving 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.

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

Nude Tuesday is set to have its World Premiere at the festival as well, featured in the Special Presentations programme. Directed by our member Armagan Ballantyne and written by fellow DEGANZ member Jackie van Beek, the unique comedy, filled with eccentric characters and a made up language, follows a conservative middle-aged couple who try to rescue their failing marriage by attending  a new-age relationship retreat.

Directed and co-written by DEGANZ member Michelle Savill, Millie Lies Low, will have its Australian Premiere at SFF. Praised at the Berlin International Film festival and SXSW, Michelle’s dark comedy is a thoughtful exploration of anxiety and imposter syndrome.

Another Kiwi film having its Australian Premiere is biopic Whina. Directed by James Napier Robertson and Paula Whetu Jones, Whina follows the tumultuous personal journey and unshakeable inner strength that led Whinā to become one of Aotearoa’s most formidable leaders.

Congratulations to our members and safe travels to those heading across the ditch to attend!

Learn more at the Sydney Film Festival website.

DEGANZ presents an LGBTQ+ Film Festival Directors Q&A

On June 7, join us for a panel livestream with film festival directors James Wooley (Frameline San Francisco), Andrea Coloma (MIX COPENHAGEN) and Spiro Economopoulos (Melbourne Queer Film Festival).

Being some of the oldest Queer film festivals in the world, each have their own rich histories and stories of how they came to be. In this panel, moderated by filmmaker Kayne Ngātokowha Peters (John the Baptist), our international guests will discuss how their festivals began; the social, political and creative landscape of gay cinema; and how New Zealand filmmakers can submit their films and join their global communities.

Towards the end, we will welcome questions from our online audience.

WHEN: Tue 7 June 2022, 7pm – 8:30pm NZST
WHERE: DEGANZ YouTube Channel

Free live streamed event

RSVP/Follow the event on Facebook

Panellists:

James Wooley (he/him/his) is the Executive Director of Frameline San Francisco, which was founded in 1977 and is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognised LGBTQ+ film exhibition event in the world. Originally from Australia, James has over 10 years’ experience working on over 20 large-scale film festivals, including Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane International Film Festivals.

Andrea Coloma (she/her) is the festival director and programmer for MIX COPENHAGEN, one of the oldest LGBTQ+ film festivals in the world, founded in 1986, as well as the leading LGBTQ+ film festival in the Nordics. Alongside MIX COPENHAGEN, Andrea has been involved in different projects from the development of Norrebro Pride in Copenhagen, which centres QTBIPOCs, to starring on the Danish TV web series, Pain in the Ass (Ondt i Roven) by Rikke Kolding which has been referred to as a “queer game change in Danish TV”.

Spiro Economopoulos (he/him) is the Program Director for the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, one of the largest and oldest LGBTI+ film festivals in the southern hemisphere, beginning in 1991. During his seven years in the role, Spiro has lead the curatorial vision of the festival to enlighten, entertain and celebrate, while delivering a world-class queer film festival.

Congratulations are in order for DEGANZ member Lula Cucchiara whose feature documentary film, Fiona Clark: Unafraid, is about to have its international premiere at Inside Out Toronto 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival (May 26 – June 5).

Directed by Lula and edited by Anastasia Doniants, Fiona Clark: Unafraid brings attention to notable queer photographer Fiona Clark and her work, which captured the burgeoning gay liberation movement and vibrant queer scene in 1970’s New Zealand. Giving visibility to the LGBTQI+ community, dismantling prejudice and fighting for equality through the lens of her camera would cement her as one of New Zealand’s historically groundbreaking photographers.

Member Shailesh Prajapati was the film’s assistant editor. Well done to everyone involved in the making of Fiona Clark: Unafraid!

Among the films at this year’s Doc Edge Festival is Whetū Mārama – Bright Star. Aileen O’Sullivan (DEGANZ) co-directed this film alongside Toby Mills.

Whetū Mārama – Bright Star is the story of Sir Hekenukumai Ngaiwi Puhipi, aka Hek Busby, and his significance for Māori in rekindling their wayfinding DNA and for all New Zealanders in reclaiming our place as traditional star voyages on the world map.

After playing at the 2021 New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF), Whetū Mārama – Bright Star is screening at this year’s Doc Edge Festival.

The 2022 Doc Edge Festival is running from June 1 – July 10 in Aotearoa, and you can view the full programme now.

Tuesday 17th May 2022

The ScreenSafe COVID-19 Protocols have now been updated. New Zealand has been through the peak of the Omicron outbreak, the Government has eased many restrictions and the borders are now opening up to the outside world.

While the easing of restrictions will come as a huge relief to everyone, please note that new future variants may result in restrictions being brought back. Being careful and practicing good hygiene measures, both at home and at work, is our best chance at reducing new outbreaks.

ScreenSafe COVID-19 Updated Protocols

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The key updates are:


No Requirement to Use QR Codes or to Contact Trace

Businesses no longer have to display a QR Code poster, although some businesses may still choose to use them. Productions are still encouraged to have contact tracing of some sort in place to prevent a wider production outbreak, but it is no longer a Government requirement.

No Requirement to Use My Vaccine Pass

There is no longer a requirement to use My Vaccine Pass. The Non-Vaccination Passport sections of the Protocols have now been removed and all productions will work under the same regulations.

If a productions choose to use vaccination passports, they must undertake a health and safety risk assessment, along with any other relevant legal assessment, to ensure they are not unlawfully discriminating against workers within the workplace. A production must undertake a COVID-19 health and safety risk assessment to ascertain if there are any roles within production that require vaccination. A risk assessment might identify that some work can only be undertaken by a vaccinated employee for work health and safety purposes – for example, where the risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 at work is higher than it is in the community. Productions should follow WorkSafe’s advice and guidance in respect of how to conduct a health and safety risk assessment, and may also wish to seek independent legal advice.

Updated Testing & Isolation Requirements

Updated as per current Government guidelines. The self-isolation period is now only 7 days. This applies to Household Contacts, but not Close Contacts. Close Contacts should monitor for symptoms for 10 days.

Long COVID & COVID-19 in the Workplace

Updates on managing an outbreak in the production, including information about Long COVID and its potential impact on a workforce.

My Vaccine Pass To Be Replaced

In early June the Government will roll out a new vaccination verification system, replacing the current My Vaccine Pass. We will send out additional information when this becomes available.

Immigration, International and Domestic Travel

New Zealand is re-opening its borders to the outside world. These sections of the protocols have been almost completely rewritten, but we urge you to also seek out the latest Government information. Things are constantly changing in regards to immigration and international travel requirements.

Mask Wearing is Still Crucial

Although use of QR Codes and Vaccination Passports are being phased out, it is worth noting that proper use of face masks is one of our best tools for fighting this virus.

While some productions will choose not to use QR Codes and Vaccination Passports, please note that our key tools will still remain: good mask wearing, physical distancing, good hygiene and good ventilation. And as always – DO NOT come to work if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

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Sincerely,

The ScreenSafe COVID-19 Group
Email: info@screensafe.co.nz