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Multiple DEGANZ members’ projects are heading to Māoriland this year!

Jaimee Poipoi (DEGANZ) has two films selected for Te Ao Pohewa, a children’s programme that caters to dreams and playfulness. Her animated shorts, Star Sailors and Who Sneezed, both centre on Philly Whakaaro’s adventures with her friends. In Star Sailors, Philly and Agent Star Shine take on an early morning adventure when an alien lands in her backyard; in Who Sneezed, no idea is too big or small for Philly when she and Elephant debate the universe’s origins during a tea party.

The Brylcreem Boys, edited by DEGANZ board member Te Rurehe Paki, will screen in the Ka Wai Hono programme. This programme features stories of whakapapa, culture, love, and experience. The short follows Kara, who finds herself in the audience of her Uncle’s band from the 60s when he falls ill and realises that she’s been sent back to fulfil his wish to find out what happened to ‘the one that got away’.

Kainga will show as a featured film in the Memorial Hall on March 17. The anthology navigates the thorny terrains of home, diaspora, and community through the lens of eight female Pan-Asian stories set in a single house in Aotearoa. DEGANZ members Michelle AngGhazaleh GolbakhshJulie Zhu, and Nahyeon Lee each directed one of the eight stories. Incubator alum Nahyeon, Ghazaleh, and Mia Maramara wrote for the project as well.

We are thrilled for more of our members’ mahi to be showcased and shared with more audiences.

Member Hweiling Ow’s and Peter Haynes’ animation Cheng Beng has received funding from the Unreal Engine Real-Time Short Film Challenge! Unreal Engine selected the project, alongside another film project from Australia, out of a short list of six others.

Unreal Engine is a 3D computer graphics engine developed by Epic Games. It hosted its inaugural film challenge in 2020. As part of the challenge, applicants receive free online animation training with the software and create pitches for their shorts. Winners (two teams from NZ, four from AUS) then secure funding and the opportunity to showcase their projects to major studio content development executives.

While a great opportunity, the challenge is rigorous as the funded projects only have eight weeks to produce their finished shorts.

Hweiling (Incubator 2021), a producer, director and actor, teamed up with Peter Haynes, who spent lockdown mastering the Unreal Engine software. Fellow DEGANZ member Léah McVeagh is producing the project with executive producer Morgan Leigh Stewart.

Cheng Beng follows the efforts of a lonely man in the afterlife as he communicates with his family on Earth through the Taoist ritual of zhi-zha. While his family continuously offers him material goods, all he truly desires is a dog to keep him company. This film explores Chinese tradition and afterlife through the narrative and its use of animation to visually inform the world.

The team has just completed the film’s voiceovers, including Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien and English.

Keep an eye on the MHM production Facebook and Instagram for updates on the project!

Screenlink: Making the Hit Claymation Kiri and Lou

Join us for insights on international hit children’s show Kiri and Lou, directed by LA-based Kiwi director Harry Sinclair, and produced by New Zealander Fiona Copland‘s Filmwork.

A creative team who forged their relationship on iconic Kiwi feature film Topless Women Talk About Their Lives, Harry and Fiona will talk about their long-running and successful director-producer partnership. They’ll also reveal the trials, tribulations and fun that has made this claymation series No. 1 in children’s content on the BBC, achieved sales all around the world and has led to the development of a feature film and merchandising deals.

WHEN:  Mon 3 August, 7pm. Talk starts 7:15pm
WHERE:  Horse & Trap – Loft, 3 Enfield St, Mount Eden, Auckland

Cash bar

Parking: Horse & Trap customer carpark and free on-street parking nearby.

This event is proudly presented by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ as part of the Screenlink series.


DEGNZ members – Free
Non-members – $5 (door entry, cash only)