The Boosted crowdfunding campaign for Bottle Money is well underway with just under a month to go! Writer/director Rebekah Tyler (DEGANZ) is at the heart of the project, seeking $15,000 to help cover production costs.

Bottle Money takes the viewer inside the world of Nelson, a young man forced to care for siblings Leroy and Ramona, due to the erratic behaviour of their alcoholic mother. The short drama, based in the kitchen-sink realism style, will be a realistic ‘slice of life’ with sensitive themes. Yet, at its heart will reflect the idea that love is the most important element of a child’s well-being.

After being in development for three years–narrowly missing out on funding for the 2021 NZFC Fresh Shorts programme–the Bottle Money team is committed to telling this story. Donations gained will go towards production costs during the shoot as well as post-production.

Set to be a strong contender for multiple international film festivals, your support is needed to help get Bottle Money made. To donate, visit the boosted website.

Good luck to Rebekah and the rest of the Bottle Money team!

There are just 7 days left to donate to the Boosted crowdfunding campaign for Vivie, a heart-warming tale about a woman and her relationship with her body. DEGANZ member Hweiling Ow is the short film’s writer and director and is joined by producers Mia Maramara (DEGANZ) and Morgan Leigh Stewart.

The Boosted campaign ends on 29 May. Funds raised will help create a human-sized vagina costume for the short’s heroine.

A story about personal consent, Vivie follows Amy, who has a love/hate relationship with her vagina. Every time she tries to have sex with a new lover, her vagina – Vivie, will not give her the pleasure to do so. Amy gets increasingly frustrated with Vivie for that, and equally, Vivie is frustrated with Amy for not listening to her. It all comes to head when Amy is in mid-coitus, and Vivie, again refuses to allow her the intimate moment she so desires.

Click here to help get Vivie made.

The team behind Dirty Dishes, a heartfelt short drama, is seeking support for their boosted crowdfunding campaign. 

Written, directed and produced by Palmerston North member Arka Gupta, this short film follows teenager Max who begins re-evaluating the relationship with his single mother after he has a sudden encounter with his estranged father.  

Arka’s previous short, Distancing, was recognised internationally at various film festivals. After moving to Palmerston North to undertake a PhD at Massey University, Arka became heavily involved in the theatre community. Speaking to Stuff, he outlined his decision to take on a sole director role following Distancing

“Because I…was doing 20 different things at once, I couldn’t direct my actors as much as I wanted to. The director should be the one just to collaborate, he or she should be open to collaboration.”

Dirty Dishes aims to bring attention to the film and wider art community of Palmerston North as it features a local crew. 

There will be a public fundraiser at the Hancock Community House, Palmerston North, from 4 to 6 pm on Mar 26 where the cast will perform a scene from the script.

Help bring Arka’s vision to life. Learn more about the project and donate here.

The team behind Just Kidding, I Actually Love You, a bittersweet romantic comedy, is seeking support for their Boosted crowdfunding campaign.

In this autobiographical short, co-written and directed by member Anna Duckworth (DEGANZ Incubator 2019), we follow Sophie, a runaway fiancée who returns home to win her ex back with a surprise romantic gesture. Confronted with evidence that he’s happier without her, and the disturbing realisation she might be the asshole, she must decide between her selfish fantasy or his happiness.

Just Kidding, I Actually Love You will be a satisfying rollick that ends in a gut-punch and a pat on the head, leaving audiences in bittersweet introspection.

Help bring Anna’s vision and whacky story to life! Learn more about the project and donate here.