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TVNZ Spotlights Our Media Mess… Again

The financial woes besetting TVNZ with a projected loss of at least $28 million, again highlight the inaction of the current government to address the issues with broadcasting, brought about by the severe negative impact international…

Sink Your Teeth into the Final Season of ‘Sweet Tooth’

The third and final season of Netflix's Sweet Tooth is out today, with episodes three and four directed by DEGANZ member Robyn Grace. Based on the comic book by Jeff Lemire of the same name, Sweet Tooth is a post-apocalyptic adventure series…

Sydney Film Festival Features DEGANZ Members’ Mahi

Sydney Film Festival (SFF) is on now, with features and shorts from DEGANZ members. This year marks the 71st iteration of the festival with over 200 films from 69 countries in the programme. From 5-16 June, there will be screenings, film…

Early Selections for NZ Web Fest

Each month during its submission period, NZ Web Fest announces a few early selections. This year six DEGANZ members' projects have already been selected to play during the festival's run this November. NZ Web Fest is an annual festival celebrating…

‘Lea Tupu’anga / Mother Tongue’ Continues its Festival Run in Palm Springs

Lea Tupu'anga / Mother Tongue, directed by DEGANZ member Vea Mafile’o, has been selected for the Palm Springs International Film Society's ShortFest 2024 and is in competition for Best International Short. The film will screen in the Communication…

Director Hweiling Ow: How I Got Started in the Industry

A forty-five-second short horror film, garnering 16 million views online, propelled me into a dream I didn’t know I desired. Life is a game of random chances. You put in the work and hope the universe aligns. For me, the creative professions…

‘Anu’ Available to Watch on MUBI

DEGANZ member Pulkit Arora's short film Anu is now available to watch on MUBI. The film offers a unique perspective on grief, following a recent widow as she immigrates to Aotearoa and quarantines in managed isolation. Mubi describes Anu…

Hunt Makes the Cut for New Script to Screen and Film Otago Development Initiative

DEGANZ member and 2020 Incubator alum Pennie Hunt has been selected for Script to Screen and Film Otago Southland's new development initiative, Southern Pilots. Pennie and the team of Dog Town are one of three teams selected for the programme. Pennie…

‘Poppy’ wins the Cannes Écrans Seniors

Poppy, edited by Jonno Woodford-Robinson (DEGANZ), has won the 2024 Cannes Écrans Seniors competition. The feature follows Poppy Simpson, a young woman with Down Syndrome who refuses to be defined by disability and takes control of her own…

Hudson Selected for South Shorts

DEGANZ member Jayde Hudson (Nėe Fairley) (Ngāti Maniapoto) has been selected for the tenth iteration of Script to Screen's South Shorts Mentorship Programme. Over the next six months, Jayde and fellow participants will engage in focused…

‘Cradle & Grave’ is Coming to Life

After six years of development and disruptions due to COVID-19, DEGANZ member Tema Pua's Cradle & Grace is finally coming to life and needs a final push to get over the finish line of its Boosted campaign! Fellow member Brendon Chan is also…
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New Zealand Film Is Alive And Well

I watched Loren Taylor’s directorial debut The Moon Is Upside Down the other night. For me, it’s a well-crafted film with quirky characters, very smart dialogue (both scripted and improvised), and comedy and depth in abundance,…

‘Vivie’ to Premiere at SXSW Sydney

South by South West (SXSW) Sydney announced the first four short films selected for the festival this year, with Vivie written and directed by 2021 Incubator alum Hweiling Ow (DEGANZ) set to premiere. It follows a sexually frustrated young…

‘Motherhood’ Out on Mother’s Day

TVNZ's newest anthology series, Motherhood, drops this Mother's Day, with mahi from DEGANZ members Michelle Ang (2020 Incubator), Jack Brown, Ankita Singh, and Calvin Sang. The series features five different stories across a range of genres…

Luping’s Animated Drama Receives Fresh Shorts Funding

Script to Screen announced the three films selected for the 2024 Kōpere Hou - Fresh Shorts fund. DEGANZ member and current Incubator participant Jo Luping is attached as director for the animated drama I Duok om I Bohuntung - The Owl and the…

DEGANZ Members Make the (Short) Cut(s)

DEGANZ members Gal Hochman, Gwen Lin, Ashley Pitman, and Isabelle Hoskyn are in the 2024 cohort of PASC's Short Cuts Lab. Gal and Gwen have been selected as the writer/directors of their projects Lure and The Food Baby, respectively. Ashley…

‘Bottle Money’ Wins in Beverly Hills

Bottle Money, written and directed by Rebekah Tyler (DEGANZ), won the Audience Choice Award for best short film at the 24th Beverly Hills Film Festival (BHFF). The film stars Rebekah's son Jack Tyler as 16-year-old Nelson who protects his…

‘The Moon is Upside Down’ is Out Now

DEGANZ member Loren Taylor's directorial debut, The Moon is Upside Down is out now in cinemas across Aotearoa. The Kiwi dramedy follows the intersecting lives of three women as they each venture through unfamiliar landscapes, grappling with…
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TVNZ Spotlights Our Media Mess… Again

The financial woes besetting TVNZ with a projected loss of at least $28 million, again highlight the inaction of the current government to address the issues with broadcasting, brought about by the severe negative impact international…

Sink Your Teeth into the Final Season of ‘Sweet Tooth’

The third and final season of Netflix's Sweet Tooth is out today, with episodes three and four directed by DEGANZ member Robyn Grace. Based on the comic book by Jeff Lemire of the same name, Sweet Tooth is a post-apocalyptic adventure series…

Sydney Film Festival Features DEGANZ Members’ Mahi

Sydney Film Festival (SFF) is on now, with features and shorts from DEGANZ members. This year marks the 71st iteration of the festival with over 200 films from 69 countries in the programme. From 5-16 June, there will be screenings, film…

Early Selections for NZ Web Fest

Each month during its submission period, NZ Web Fest announces a few early selections. This year six DEGANZ members' projects have already been selected to play during the festival's run this November. NZ Web Fest is an annual festival celebrating…

‘Lea Tupu’anga / Mother Tongue’ Continues its Festival Run in Palm Springs

Lea Tupu'anga / Mother Tongue, directed by DEGANZ member Vea Mafile’o, has been selected for the Palm Springs International Film Society's ShortFest 2024 and is in competition for Best International Short. The film will screen in the Communication…

Director Hweiling Ow: How I Got Started in the Industry

A forty-five-second short horror film, garnering 16 million views online, propelled me into a dream I didn’t know I desired. Life is a game of random chances. You put in the work and hope the universe aligns. For me, the creative professions…

‘Anu’ Available to Watch on MUBI

DEGANZ member Pulkit Arora's short film Anu is now available to watch on MUBI. The film offers a unique perspective on grief, following a recent widow as she immigrates to Aotearoa and quarantines in managed isolation. Mubi describes Anu…

Hunt Makes the Cut for New Script to Screen and Film Otago Development Initiative

DEGANZ member and 2020 Incubator alum Pennie Hunt has been selected for Script to Screen and Film Otago Southland's new development initiative, Southern Pilots. Pennie and the team of Dog Town are one of three teams selected for the programme. Pennie…

‘Poppy’ wins the Cannes Écrans Seniors

Poppy, edited by Jonno Woodford-Robinson (DEGANZ), has won the 2024 Cannes Écrans Seniors competition. The feature follows Poppy Simpson, a young woman with Down Syndrome who refuses to be defined by disability and takes control of her own…

Hudson Selected for South Shorts

DEGANZ member Jayde Hudson (Nėe Fairley) (Ngāti Maniapoto) has been selected for the tenth iteration of Script to Screen's South Shorts Mentorship Programme. Over the next six months, Jayde and fellow participants will engage in focused…

‘Cradle & Grave’ is Coming to Life

After six years of development and disruptions due to COVID-19, DEGANZ member Tema Pua's Cradle & Grace is finally coming to life and needs a final push to get over the finish line of its Boosted campaign! Fellow member Brendon Chan is also…
View from the Top banner

New Zealand Film Is Alive And Well

I watched Loren Taylor’s directorial debut The Moon Is Upside Down the other night. For me, it’s a well-crafted film with quirky characters, very smart dialogue (both scripted and improvised), and comedy and depth in abundance,…

‘Vivie’ to Premiere at SXSW Sydney

South by South West (SXSW) Sydney announced the first four short films selected for the festival this year, with Vivie written and directed by 2021 Incubator alum Hweiling Ow (DEGANZ) set to premiere. It follows a sexually frustrated young…

‘Motherhood’ Out on Mother’s Day

TVNZ's newest anthology series, Motherhood, drops this Mother's Day, with mahi from DEGANZ members Michelle Ang (2020 Incubator), Jack Brown, Ankita Singh, and Calvin Sang. The series features five different stories across a range of genres…

Luping’s Animated Drama Receives Fresh Shorts Funding

Script to Screen announced the three films selected for the 2024 Kōpere Hou - Fresh Shorts fund. DEGANZ member and current Incubator participant Jo Luping is attached as director for the animated drama I Duok om I Bohuntung - The Owl and the…

DEGANZ Members Make the (Short) Cut(s)

DEGANZ members Gal Hochman, Gwen Lin, Ashley Pitman, and Isabelle Hoskyn are in the 2024 cohort of PASC's Short Cuts Lab. Gal and Gwen have been selected as the writer/directors of their projects Lure and The Food Baby, respectively. Ashley…

‘Bottle Money’ Wins in Beverly Hills

Bottle Money, written and directed by Rebekah Tyler (DEGANZ), won the Audience Choice Award for best short film at the 24th Beverly Hills Film Festival (BHFF). The film stars Rebekah's son Jack Tyler as 16-year-old Nelson who protects his…

‘The Moon is Upside Down’ is Out Now

DEGANZ member Loren Taylor's directorial debut, The Moon is Upside Down is out now in cinemas across Aotearoa. The Kiwi dramedy follows the intersecting lives of three women as they each venture through unfamiliar landscapes, grappling with…