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DEGANZ member and 2020 Incubator alum Pennie Hunt has been selected for Script to Screen and Film Otago Southland’s new development initiative, Southern Pilots.

Pennie and the team of Dog Town are one of three teams selected for the programme. Pennie and Kathryn van Beek co-wrote the series, with Pennie set to direct and Rebecca Rowe as producer.

Southern Pilots is a regional scripted series programme for Otago and Southland-based filmmakers, offering both talent and project development. It aims to help creatives generate IP for local and international audiences, increase activity in both regions, and foster a strong creative network of screen practitioners.

Congratulations, Pennie!

DEGANZ member Jayde Hudson (Nėe Fairley) (Ngāti Maniapoto) has been selected for the tenth iteration of Script to Screen’s South Shorts Mentorship Programme.

Over the next six months, Jayde and fellow participants will engage in focused script development under the guidance of writer/director Brair Grace-Smith. Through a series of workshops, the writers will take part in read-throughs, group discussions, writing exercises, and sessions with guest filmmakers.

By the end of the initiative, they will have produced a polished short film script and have the tools to take the next steps towards production.

All the best for the programme, Jayde!

DEGANZ members Gal Hochman, Gwen Lin, Ashley Pitman, and Isabelle Hoskyn are in the 2024 cohort of PASC’s Short Cuts Lab.

Gal and Gwen have been selected as the writer/directors of their projects Lure and The Food Baby, respectively. Ashley is joining PASCies Charisse Uy and Raul Sharma as the director of Phoenix. DEGANZ’s own Izzi is joining Gwen and Sara Chen as co-producer of The Food Baby.

Short Cuts is a short film development lab, designed to improve Pan-Asian representation in the scripted short film space. It aims to help participants advance applications for production grants and strengthen their projects to pursue independent funding. Participants will take part in a series of workshops and discussions over a weekend intensive, led by Dr Shuchi Kothari.

Find out more about the participants here.

Loading Docs is back for its 10th season, with DEGANZ members at the helm of half of the selected documentaries.

Through the development initiative, participants receive extensive guidance and mentorship, helping them to produce short documentaries with international appeal. The programme helps participants enhance their skills in story development, fundraising, documentary production and editing, audience engagement, and marketing and distribution.

Loading Docs provides each project with $10,000 and a post-production package at the Department of Post. In addition to this support, each team must raise $5,000 on Boosted to unlock further funding and support from the initiative.

This year’s theme is Attention – Te Kimihanga, Te Hahaunga. Check out the DEGANZ member’s projects below or see the full list of films here.

Hope in the Stars

Zoologist-turned-filmmaker, Alexis Smith, is on a quest for extraterrestrial contact in Aotearoa. She seeks answers on her personal quest for existential truth and hope for a world teetering on the edge. But what shadows will she encounter to get there?

Director: Alexis Smith

Producer: Harry Wynn


Hihi Ulu

Approaching his tenth birthday, Luka faces a Niuean rite of passage: his first haircut in a hifi ulu ceremony, marking a tender crossroad of culture and autonomy.

Director: Chantelle Burgoyne (Incubator 2018)


The Man Outside

Abandoned by the law, a woman’s flatmates struggle to protect her from a relentless stalker, forcing them all to become the protagonists in a real-life thriller.

Director: Liv McClymont


Four DEGANZ members have been selected for Script to Screen’s 2024 Story Camp feature film lab.

The lab fosters the craft, voice, and vision of the eight selected screenwriters or creative teams for the development of their feature film screenplays. They workshop their projects with advice from local and international mentors in a rigorous week-long experience. The programme accepts projects in both early and advanced stages, providing the development requirements of projects across various stages.

Jesse Griffin (DEGANZ) will attend the lab as the writer/director for Childish, which has previously received script development funding from NZFC.

Fellow members Nic Gorman and Cushla Dillon will be working on their project, Null, another script in the advanced stages of development. Nic is one of two writers with Cuhsla on board as producer and script editor.

Member Matthew Saville will participate in the lab as co-writer and co-producer for Shadow Boxer.

All the best to Jesse, Nic, Cushla, and Matthew at camp!