NZFC Funds DEGANZ Members

NZFC announced the funding decisions for new productions to come, featuring many DEGANZ members on new and existing productions.

Extended Screen Production Recovery Fund

Boy Eats God

Short Film; $8,250

Writer/Director: Litia Tuiburelevu

Moving Houses Series 2

Series Doc; $71,094

Directors: Roz Mason, Emily Qereqeretabua

Feature Film Finishing Grant

These films received funding in time to screen during NZIFF this year.

The Paragon


Writer/Director/Producer: Michael Duignan

Red Mole: A Romance


Writer/Director/Producer: Annie Goldson

Grant Sheehan: Light, Ghosts & Dreams


Writer/Director/Producer: Robin Greenberg

Early Development & Documentary Development Funding

Elephant Kisses

Drama; $25,000

Director: Rouzie Hassanova

Sisters Jess and Rosa take their beloved dog Maxx on a quest to find the magical elephant Mythra that can cure animals, but to succeed they need the help of best friends Denny and Natalie.


Documentary; $20,000

Producer/Director: Rebecca Tansley

The story of how two Samoan brothers sang their way from South Auckland to the world’s greatest opera stages – and into audiences’ hearts.

Te Puhi

Drama; $10,000

Writer/Director: Cian Elise-White

Aotearoa, New Zealand 1962. Te Puhi (18) is crowned Miss New Zealand claiming international fame overnight for being the first Māori to do so. Torn between whānau and dreams of winning the Miss World title in London, Te Puhi goes on a journey of self-discovery and love.

The Lie of the Land

Drama; $25,000

Director: Caroline Bell Booth

In the isolated and unforgiving high country of Otago, two dutiful farmer’s wives break free from the life expected of them, when they risk everything to be together.


Congrats to all funding recipients; we look forward to seeing these projects progress!

Last updated on 3 August 2023