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DEGANZ member Cushla Dillon is being recognised for her work as an editor with her nomination for the Wētā FX Creative Technology Award at this year’s Women in Film & Television (WIFT) Awards.

This award recognises outstanding achievement in creativity in post-production in film, TV, or digital media from the past two years.

Cushla shared with DEGANZ about her nomination,

It’s a huge honour to be included in the Wētā Creative Technology Award along with other post-production artists.  Our success is usually contingent on being invisible therefore our work is usually overlooked, so I’m grateful that Wētā has acknowledged us with this award.

The WIFT Awards is a bi-annual event designed to celebrate the achievements of women in the screen industry. The awards night announces the winners, offers unique networking opportunities for those in attendance, and fundraises for WIFT’s ongoing work.

Congratulations, Cushla on the nomination!

Congratulations, Harry Wynn (DEGANZ), for winning the Screen Production and Development Association’s (SPADA) 2023 New Filmmaker of the Year Award! SPADA grants this award to honour excellence, talent, and creativity in filmmaking.

Along with the accolade, Harry received $2,500 of development funding and a complimentary registration to next year’s SPADA Conference.

Harry has made a name for himself in the documentary space over the past few years. In 2022, he released Shred, a short about a teenage bodybuilder who takes drastic measures in pursuit of winning his first bodybuilding competition. In the same year, he produced What’s the Disibili-tea, a docu-series profiling young queer people living with disabilities in Aotearoa, directed by DEGANZ board member Justin Scott. His other titles include Young & Hooked on Chemsex, released on TVNZ+, and Three Ticks for Chlöe for the Spinoff.

Harry is currently developing his first feature-length doco with funding from Screen Australia. He also has been selected for the next round of Script to Screen’s development and mentorship programme, FilmUp.

Harry is in good company as fellow member Mia Maramara won the same award for 2021, which she was awarded at the 2022 conference last year.

Show Me Shorts had a wonderful Awards Night on Sunday 8 October, with multiple members nominated for and receiving awards.

DEGANZ member Julie Zhu‘s Lǎo Lao Lǎo Le swept up three of the eight awards. Julie not only won DEGANZ’s very own Best Director award, but she and fellow producers scooped up the coveted Department of Post Best NZ Film award, one of the festival’s Oscar-qualifying categories.

The jury commented on the film saying,

Lǎo Lao Lǎo Le is the type of film that balances the light and dark of the human experience splendidly. It lays bare the struggles of a young boy tasked with the care of his ailing Lǎo Lao, who is losing her mind to Alzhemiers. It’s a short film that is full of struggle and fight, connection and loneliness, love and hate. It is many things but, above all, it is undeniably moving and a film that will stay with the jury for some time to come.

Eight-year-old lead actor, Yan Lin, also earned the film the Toi Whakaari Best Actor award. However, this category was exceptionally difficult to choose this year, causing the judges to share the award between Lin and Prabha Ravi for her performance in Anu, written and directed by Pulkit Arora (DEGANZ).

They commented,

After much deliberation with so many wonderful performances to choose from, the jury felt that we couldn’t choose just one winner for the Toi Whakaari Best Actor award and decided to share this award between two equally outstanding performances and exceptional actors.

Keeping the success going, fellow member Maza White won Best Screenplay for her film, Daughter of God.

Other members were also honoured at the awards with nominations. Alongside Lǎo Lao Lǎo Le, Anu written and directed by Pulkit and Buttons & Dumplings co-directed by Calvin Sang (DEGANZ) were up for the Department of Post Best NZ Film Award. DEGANZ members dominated the Best Director nominations, with Pulkit and Michelle Ang (Incubator 2020) nominated alongside Julie for Anu and Nai/Milk respectively.

Michelle was also nominated for Best Actor for her role in Nai/Milk, while the film’s editors Jack Brown (DEGANZ) and Kevin Schlanser were up for Best Editor. Fellow member Jonno Woodford-Robinson was also nominated for Best Editor for The Ballad of Maddog Quinn.

Meanwhile, Anna Rose Duckworth (Incubator 2019) was nominated for Best Screenplay for Just Kidding, I Actually Love You and Kingmaker directed by Alyx Duncan (DEGANZ) was nominated for the NZ on Air Best Music Video.

Full List of Award Winners

Department of Post Best NZ Film

Jazz dos Santos, Puteri Raja Ariff, and Julie Zhu for Lǎo Lao Lǎo Le

Cause and FX Best International Film

Khozy Rizal, John Badalu, Sue Turley for Basri & Salma in a Never Ending Comedy

DEGANZ Best Director

Julie Zhu for Lǎo Lao Lǎo Le

DEGANZ Best Editor

Jeremy Leatinu’u and Ian Powell for Te Wakawhitinga

Best Screenplay

Maza White for Daughter of God

Best Cinematographer

Marty Williams for The Ballad of Maddog Quinn

Toi Whakaari Best Actor

Prabha Ravi for Anu

Yan Lin for Lǎo Lao Lǎo Le

NZ on Air Best Music Video

Ian Sweeny and Johnny Gilbert for When You Went Away – The Transits


If you’ve seen any of this year’s screenings, don’t forget to vote for your favourite film for the People’s Choice Award!

Congratulations to DEGANZ members Katherine McRae and Blandine Massiet du Biest for winning big at this year’s Doc Edge festival!

Katherine’s Pacific Mother won Best NZ Feature, Editing, and Cinematography, while she took home Best NZ Director. By winning the Best NZ Feature, the film now has the opportunity to qualify for consideration for the 2024 Academy Awards.

The jury commented on the film’s exploration of traditional birthing knowledge and the connection between caring for the planet and nurturing families:

This film took the judges on a beautiful cinematic journey that was hugely emotional and told an empowering conversation with indigenous women front and centre of its telling.

Meanwhile, Bladine’s directorial debut has proven successful with her Best NZ Emerging Filmmaker win. Her feature Frances Hodgkins, Anything but a Still Life also won Best New Zealand Sound. The film retraces the modernist painter’s footsteps, traversing the places she lived and worked and highlighting her dedication to her art.

Both films and two other winners of some of the festival’s key international categories received encore screenings in Auckland over the holiday weekend. The festival is now moving on to its Wellington run. Following the four award sweep, Pacific Mother’s screening and Q&A session with the filmmakers at the Roxy Cinema is sold out.

Well done, Katherine and Blandine, on the wins!

A panel of speakers in front of a festival audience.

We are excited to have partnered with CLIPPED Music Video Festival to support directing and editing talent behind New Zealand’s top music videos!

As its name suggests, CLIPPED Music Video Festival is the only festival in Australia and NZ dedicated to celebrating the music video art-form and the creators behind them.

A one night only event this year, the Festival is set to showcase the high calibre works in the Music Video Awards Competition, award over AU$20,000 worth of prizes, and feature artist and filmmaker Q&As.

DEGANZ is putting its support behind the NZ awards categories for Best Directing and Best Editing. We would like to congratulate all of the awesome Top 10 New Zealand finalists! The winning directors and editors will be chosen from among the Top 10.



On Friday 25 March, CLIPPED 2021-22 will be taking place at Ritz Cinemas in Randwick, Sydney. But for folks in Aotearoa, you can tune into the live streamed event with the NZ finalists screening at 9pm NZDT.

DEGANZ members can also attend the live stream for free! Check out the Industry Events in our member newsletter out Thursday for a link to VIP tickets.