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Charming local drama Poppy has been awarded Best Narrative Feature at the Socially Relevant Film Festival in New York. DEGANZ member Jonno Woodford-Robinson edited the feature and worked with Amanda Mulderry (DEGANZ), who was first assistant editor.

Released in New Zealand in 2021, Poppy tells a story of a Kapiti teenager who is eager for independence and a chance at love. It’s the first Kiwi feature to cast an actor with Down syndrome in a leading role.

The Socially Relevant Film Festival focuses on socially relevant content that promotes human stories and raises awareness of social problems. Through the medium of cinema, SRFF aims to expand knowledge about diversity and create a world free of violence, crime and hate.

Congratulations to Jonno, Amanda and the rest of the Poppy team!

Earlier this year DEGNZ members writer/director Fiona McKenzie (pictured during filming) and producer/editor Scott Flyger saw the World Premiere of their short film Peninsula at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Now the film has just won the ‘Let’s Include’ section, which recognises inclusion at the Academy Award-qualifying Bengaluru International Short Film Festival in Bangalore, India! In November, Peninsula will be heading to the Aesthetica Short Film Festival.

Shot on Banks Peninsula over three days, Peninsula follows a father trying to reconnect with his estranged son, leading to unexpected consequences.