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The third and final season of Netflix’s Sweet Tooth is out today, with episodes three and four directed by DEGANZ member Robyn Grace.

Based on the comic book by Jeff Lemire of the same name, Sweet Tooth is a post-apocalyptic adventure series where a deadly virus and animal-human hybrid babies emerged simultaneously, leaving the world in disarray. Gus, a young part-deer boy sets out to find his mother in this new world and meets a ragtag team along the way.

This season Gus and the gang are off to Alaska in search of the answers to the series’ biggest questions. With new foes and threats on the horizon, alliances are tested while the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. It is sure to be a thrilling end to the series!

Robyn also directed on the series’ first two seasons, earning her a Children’s & Family Emmy nomination in 2022.

You can find the full series on Netflix now.

Lea Tupu’anga / Mother Tongue, directed by DEGANZ member Vea Mafile’o, has been selected for the Palm Springs International Film Society’s ShortFest 2024 and is in competition for Best International Short.

The film will screen in the Communication Breakdowns programme, highlighting films where misunderstandings change the trajectory of conversations, relationships, and lives. In Lea Tupu’anga / Mother Tongue, a young speech therapist disconnected from her Tongan heritage lies about her Tongan language skills to get a job. Out of her depth, she must find a way to communicate or risk her patient’s life.

ShortFest is an Academy Award, BAFTA, and Goya qualifying festival and is one of North America’s largest short film showcases. Each year, the competitive festival takes place alongside its Short Film Market and Forum, allowing films and filmmakers the opportunity to take the next step.

This selection follows the film’s international premiere at Sundance’s International Short Film Competition in January 2024 and its current run at Sydney Film Festival.

Congratulations Vea and the team!

After six years of development and disruptions due to COVID-19, DEGANZ member Tema Pua‘s Cradle & Grace is finally coming to life and needs a final push to get over the finish line of its Boosted campaign! Fellow member Brendon Chan is also attached as the film’s editor.

The short initially gained support through the 2019 PASC Short Cuts Development Lab, before receiving Fresh Shorts funding from the Film Commission in 2020. While this funding will cover some production costs, the team is raising an additional $16,000 to ensure pay parity for the crew.

Cradle & Grace, written by Malinna Liang, follows 22-year-old Olivia, who must help the ghost of her hard-to-please, Chinese mother cross over—or be stuck with her forever. The story delves into the complexities of mothers and daughters, shifting perceptions, and death administration (aka ‘sadmin’).

On the Boosted page, Tema shares about the project’s importance,

Cradle & Grave is both a love letter to our mothers and a love letter to any woman who has lost her mum growing up. I believe that through this little film, we can say something authentic about the complex, life-shaping bond between mothers and daughters.

Fun fact: Tema and Malinna met while working at DEGANZ! After Malinna finished her internship with the guild, she and Tema began working on the short together.

If you’d like to check out the project and the team’s mahi, you can find the Boosted campaign here!

Script to Screen announced the three films selected for the 2024 Kōpere Hou – Fresh Shorts fund. DEGANZ member and current Incubator participant Jo Luping is attached as director for the animated drama I Duok om I Bohuntung – The Owl and the Rainbow.

Kōpere Hou Fresh Shorts is a short film fund offering development resources and a grant of $30,000 per film from the NZ Film Commission. Across six weeks, the teams will participate in workshops and receive mentorships to refine their stories, visions, and production plans.

This year was particularly competitive, with 119 applications submitted for the grant.

Congratulations to Jo and the team! We look forward to watching I Duok om I Bohuntung – The Owl and the Rainbow when it is out.

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.