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We are excited for member Michelle Savill (DEGANZ Incubator 2018) whose debut feature film, Millie Lies Low, will have its international premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival (February 10-20), as part of the Generation programme.

So far, Berlinale has announced ten features and seven shorts invited to play in Generation. According to the festival, the films selected in this programme stand out for the unconventionality and willpower of their protagonists.

Directed and co-written by Michelle, this comedy drama film finds protagonist Millie using fantasy, charm and typical NZ humour to fake a life in New York, one that she would have been living if she hadn’t missed her flight. As a secret shadow to her own life, she learns a lot that she would rather not have known. Listen to Michelle talk to RNZ about how her own experience influenced the story.

In other good news, Datsun is set to have its international premiere at Berlinale as well. The short film follows 14-year-old Matt as he takes his late father’s car on one last tour before its sold. It was edited by DEGANZ member Luke Haigh.

Congratulations again to our members!

Director Jason Stutter

Innovative New Zealand director Jason Stutter leads this two-day workshop offering a practical guide to directing for emerging directors of short films and feature-length projects. The Directors Toolkit aims to establish a professional approach to filming and underline the keys to good work.

Over the weekend, we will cover working with professional actors, non-actors, and different scales of production crew. We will take you through pre-production, casting, production, post-production and how to get your final film out into the world of festivals and markets.

 

About Jason Stutter

Jason Stutter’s first movie was cult kung-fu caper Tongan Ninja (2002). Since then he has alternated features – self-funded comedy Edwin: My Life as a Koont, stylish Ronald Hugh Morrieson adaptation Predicament – with shorts, including the hit Careful… series beginning with Careful with that Axe, riffing on the dangers of inattentive tool use. His most recent feature, haunted house tale The Dead Room, was released in New Zealand in 2015.

 

When:
Sat 4 May, 9am – 5pm
Sun 5 May, 9am – 3:30pm

Where: Sherwood Queenstown, 554 Frankton Road, Queenstown 9300

A travel allowance may be available to DEGNZ members travelling from out of town with preference given to South Island members.

Class: 20 max

Film Otago Southland will also be hosting a Film Industry Networking Night at the Sherwood on Saturday 4 May at 5:30pm. This will be a chance for workshop attendees and local industry alike to meet and mingle in the cosy warmth of the Sherwood over a drink and some nibbles! All are welcome (you don’t need to attend the workshop to come along), and there is no cost. RSVP to the Film Industry Networking Night, here.

 

Workshop Enrolment

Cost: DEGNZ members – Free, Non-members – $100
Lunch and refreshments provided each day.

For non-members, payment must by made in full prior to the start of the workshop to confirm a booking. We accept payment by credit/debit card and direct credit.

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Cancellation and Refunds: Cancellations will be accepted up until 24 hours before the workshop start time. If you wish to receive a refund, you must advise DEGNZ by Tuesday 30 April. A $3.00 cancellation fee will be incurred. Payments will be refunded in full if DEGNZ cancels the workshop. Refunds can take up to approximately 10 working days to process.

 

This workshop is presented by the Directors & Editors Guild of NZ with the support of Film Otago Southland and funding from the NZ Film Commission.

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