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Congratulations are in order for the winners of the DEGANZ Best Director and DEGANZ Best Editor awards at the 2022 Show Me Shorts Film Festival. Best Director went to Brendan Canty for Atali’i O Le Crezent (Sons of the Crezent), while Richard Shaw took home the prize for Best Editor for his work on Breathe.

Stephen Kang’s Breathe follows a gifted twelve-year-old who develops an unorthodox healing method that propels her into conflict with her overbearing father.

The judges commented that “whilst cinematography, sound design and the compelling talent of the young lead actor all stand out, the key to this film’s achievement is its editing: it solidifies the film’s initial unease as an ever-growing force that triggers all the intended reactions in the audience.

“However, even more importantly so, it does not overshadow the film’s underlying main story line, the father and daughter relationship, and the negotiation thereof – it treads the very fine line that unites them both.”

Brendan Canty’s poetic dance film, Atali’i O Le Crezent (Sons of the Crezent) follows a young man as he recalls his youth and upbringing when his neighborhood is under threat from gentrification. Lead actor Villa Junior Lemanu also won the Toi Whakaari Best Actor award, and accepted the award on the director’s behalf as he was overseas.

The judges wrote that “Atali’i O Le Crezent (Sons of the Crezent) is directed, with a strong visual sense of surroundings and connection. This abstract narration of a young man’s changing life and community presents an original solo storytelling journey.

“Brendan Canty’s choice of location, choreography and trust in his actor takes the complexities of this young man’s sense of what has been and allows us into those memories using movement and solid character development. Through his direction we can engage in the internal mindset of a young Pacific Man and his emotional response to his changing life.”

Since 2009, the Guild has proudly sponsored both of these awards at Show Me Shorts, an Academy Awards-accredited festival.

See the full list of winners here.

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.

Fightback – Joseph Parker, an intimate documentary on the Kiwi heavyweight boxer, is now streaming on NEON. Produced and directed by Leanne Pooley (DEGANZ) for DAZN Originals (UK), the film follows Parker as he prepares for his fight against Derek Chisora in 2021.

Leanne brings us a charming side of Parker, guaranteed to make you both laugh and cry. Watch as Parker navigates a new coach, new country and a new start.

Catch Fightback – Joseph Parker on NEON.

Production company Eight has welcomed Charlotte Evans (DEGANZ) to its list of directors.

A recent top finalist at the 2022 Clipped Music Video Awards with her MV for Benee’s Happen To Me, Charlotte is continuing her commercial work with Eight. Outlined on the mad-daily website, she spoke of her move to the production house:

“I’m looking forward to pushing my creative boundaries on commercial projects with them and creating a body of work that we can all be proud of.”

Charlotte started her career in London working as an assistant editor. After 14 years in editing, she moved into the directorial space. She has since gone on to make several award-winning projects both overseas and here in New Zealand.

She joins other DEGANZ members Jamie Lawrence and Josh Frizzell at Eight.

Congratulations Charlotte, we are looking forward to seeing your future work.