Missed our live events in June? We’ve added two to The DEGANZ Podcast.

Screenlink: Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

Writer/director Sam Kelly (Savage, Lambs), DOP Jess Charlton (Loimata, The Sweetest Tears) and DOP Richard Bluck NZCS (Black Sheep) weigh in on the creative advantages of filmmaking and collaborating on a small budget. We all want to make amazing work that looks exceptional. But what can you do when your budget doesn’t look so great?

Moderated by director Kathy McRae, this event was held in Wellington in June 2022 as part of the Screenlink series, and presented by DEGANZ and the New Zealand Cinematographers Society.


LGBTQ+ Film Festival Directors Q&A

Meet film festival directors Andrea Coloma (MIX COPENHAGEN), Spiro Economopoulos (Melbourne Queer Film Festival) and James Wooley (Frameline: San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival), joining us to discuss the rich histories and stories of how their Queer film festivals came to be.

Talking to filmmaker Kayne Ngātokowha Peters, our international guests discuss the social, political and creative landscape of gay cinema; and how New Zealanders can submit their films and join their global communities.

Content warning:

  • Strong language.
  • Contains sexual references.

This Q&A can also be viewed on the DEGANZ Youtube channel.

The pandemic kept many Aucklanders from enjoying the Show Me Shorts Festival last year, which meant that some of the best shorts never screened for their home crowd. To fix that, Show Me Shorts has put together a screening (July 2) to celebrate eight short films made in Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland or by Aucklanders.

Among them are films crafted by DEGANZ members and alumni, including Green, directed by Rachel Ross (DEGANZ Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator 2020) and edited by our member Ben Chesters. Green follows an estranged father and daughter, both with newly diagnosed life altering illnesses, as they smoke marijuana together for the first time. Green won the SAE People’s Choice Award at Show Me Shorts 2021.

Blood and Gold, directed by Yamin Tun (Incubator 2017) and edited by member Brendon Chan, will screen as well. This exciting short western follows a woman on the run as she makes a decision that will alter the course of two lives. Blood and Gold won the Best Actor Award at the festival and was nominated for a couple more awards, including DEGANZ Best Editor. The film has also been selected for the Santa Barbara International Film Festival this year.

Heart to Heart is written and directed by Incubator 2018 alumna Lauren Porteous. This short psychological thriller set in Raurimu in the dead of winter explores obsession and oppression, and asks are women really for or against one another?

Audiences will also get to see June, directed by Dwayne Cameron who edited alongside DEGANZ member Peter Roberts. June sees Willow and David receiving serious news that causes their world to rapidly disintegrate. But a transcendent occurrence offers them the hope of new life. June won the DEGANZ Best Editor award at Show Me Shorts 2021.

See the full list of films and book your tickets here!

NZIFF has announced the five finalists for the New Zealand’s Best short film competition, with Perianayaki by DEGANZ member Bala Murali Shingade one of them.

Directed by Bala and edited by fellow member Shailesh Prajapati, Perianayaki follows a recent Sri Lankan immigrant as she begins another day stacking shelves at the local supermarket. With her limited grasp of English, she struggles to understand or be understood by colleagues and customers alike. The short film was written and produced by Shreya Gejji. Perianayaki is a slice of life character study that provokes audiences to pause, take notice, and rethink their assumptions about immigrants, particularly those in the service industry who are often rendered invisible.

Congratulations to Bala, Shailesh and the rest of their team on this achievement. The finalists were picked by this year’s Guest Selector, filmmaker Florian Habicht, from a shortlist curated by NZIFF’s Sandra Reid, Senior Programmer, and Michael McDonnell, Head of Programming. The winners of the three jury prizes and Audience Award will be announced during the film festival in August.

Congratulations to our members who will have their films seen by audiences at the Māoriland Film Festival in Ōtaki (June 29 – July 3).

Feature film Millie Lies Low, co-written and directed by Michelle Savill will play at MFF, while feature documentary Whetū Marama: Bright Star by Aileen O’Sullivan and Toby Mills is the Closing Night film.

Short documentary Vaka, directed by Kelly Moneymaker, will screen as part of the Whenua Shorts programme. Vaka reveals the energy and resilience of the Tokelauan people as they weave their customary-wisdom regarding the environment with modern eco-technologies to respond to climate change. Vaka was made by Kelly Moneymaker and other students at Massey University as a third year project in Creative Media Production.

Matasila Freshwater (DEGANZ 2021 Incubator alumna) will have her film Hiama screen as part of The Spiritual Constant programme.

Karanga by Mary-Lyn Chambers will play as part of the Whakapapa Shorts programme. Karanga is a love letter to the late Tiahuia Te Puea Herangi Ramihana Gray explored through dance and spoken word, choreographed by her daughter.

Kath Akuhata-Brown’s Washday will feature in the Aotearoa Shorts programme. The short film follows a father who turns his car into a water pump while his young daughter becomes a force of nature.

Māoriland is the largest Indigenous film festival in the Southern Hemisphere. Take a look at the full programme here.

The Wairoa Māori Film Festival is back on this Queen’s Birthday weekend (June 3-6) with a long list of great films featuring on their programme, including short films created by some of our members at DEGANZ.

Perfect Storm, directed and edited by Morag Brownlie, and Mary-Lyn Chambers’ Karanga will screen as part of the Made in Aotearoa Shorts programme.

Chantelle Burgoyne’s Sista, edited by board member Annie Collins, will feature in the Moana Nui a Kiwa Shorts programme, while, Washday by Kath Akuhata-Brown screens in the Mana Māori Shorts programme.

Two members’ films will screen as part of the Mana Wahine Shorts programme, Michelle Savill’s Ellen is Leaving (2012) and Mary-Lyn Chambers’ Karanga.

Congratulations to our members!

If you are in Wairoa this weekend, make sure to support all the films screening. View the full programme here.