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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.

DEGANZ presents an LGBTQ+ Film Festival Directors Q&A

On June 7, join us for a panel livestream with film festival directors James Wooley (Frameline San Francisco), Andrea Coloma (MIX COPENHAGEN) and Spiro Economopoulos (Melbourne Queer Film Festival).

Being some of the oldest Queer film festivals in the world, each have their own rich histories and stories of how they came to be. In this panel, moderated by filmmaker Kayne Ngātokowha Peters (John the Baptist), our international guests will discuss how their festivals began; the social, political and creative landscape of gay cinema; and how New Zealand filmmakers can submit their films and join their global communities.

Towards the end, we will welcome questions from our online audience.

WHEN: Tue 7 June 2022, 7pm – 8:30pm NZST
WHERE: DEGANZ YouTube Channel

Free live streamed event

RSVP/Follow the event on Facebook

Panellists:

James Wooley (he/him/his) is the Executive Director of Frameline San Francisco, which was founded in 1977 and is the longest-running, largest and most widely recognised LGBTQ+ film exhibition event in the world. Originally from Australia, James has over 10 years’ experience working on over 20 large-scale film festivals, including Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane International Film Festivals.

Andrea Coloma (she/her) is the festival director and programmer for MIX COPENHAGEN, one of the oldest LGBTQ+ film festivals in the world, founded in 1986, as well as the leading LGBTQ+ film festival in the Nordics. Alongside MIX COPENHAGEN, Andrea has been involved in different projects from the development of Norrebro Pride in Copenhagen, which centres QTBIPOCs, to starring on the Danish TV web series, Pain in the Ass (Ondt i Roven) by Rikke Kolding which has been referred to as a “queer game change in Danish TV”.

Spiro Economopoulos (he/him) is the Program Director for the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, one of the largest and oldest LGBTI+ film festivals in the southern hemisphere, beginning in 1991. During his seven years in the role, Spiro has lead the curatorial vision of the festival to enlighten, entertain and celebrate, while delivering a world-class queer film festival.

Congratulations are in order for DEGANZ member Lula Cucchiara whose feature documentary film, Fiona Clark: Unafraid, is about to have its international premiere at Inside Out Toronto 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival (May 26 – June 5).

Directed by Lula and edited by Anastasia Doniants, Fiona Clark: Unafraid brings attention to notable queer photographer Fiona Clark and her work, which captured the burgeoning gay liberation movement and vibrant queer scene in 1970’s New Zealand. Giving visibility to the LGBTQI+ community, dismantling prejudice and fighting for equality through the lens of her camera would cement her as one of New Zealand’s historically groundbreaking photographers.

Member Shailesh Prajapati was the film’s assistant editor. Well done to everyone involved in the making of Fiona Clark: Unafraid!

On February 21, following its premiere at NZIFF last year, DEGANZ is looking forward to hosting a Film Talk of Fiona Clark: Unafraid in association with Rialto Cinemas. The documentary brings attention to notable photographer Fiona Clark and her work, which captured the burgeoning gay liberation movement and vibrant queer scene in 1970’s New Zealand.

Following the screening, audiences will be joined by the director, DEGANZ member Lula Cucchiara, and Fiona Clark herself for a Q&A session moderated by Eloise Veber.

When: Monday 21 February, 5:30pm
Where: Rialto Cinemas Newmarket, 167-167 Broadway, Newmarket, Auckland

Film Industry Member tickets only $13

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An exciting new film festival is coming to Auckland! Showcasing films featured at this year’s NZIFF, as well as international talent, In The Shade will commence early next year on January 19 and runs until February 1. Fiona Clark: Unafraid is part of the line-up.

DEGANZ member Lula Cucchiara directed the documentary, with Shailesh Prajapati as assistant editor. The film explores radical photographer Fiona Clark and her work, which captured the burgeoning gay liberation movement and vibrant queer scene in 1970’s New Zealand.

The festival will be exclusive to Academy Cinemas and the Hollywood in Avondale, and will include international films sourced from some of the world’s most prestigious film festivals, such as Sundance, Cannes and Toronto.

When speaking of the current state of Auckland’s cinema scene, In The Shade commented that “Auckland is currently in the throes of a big screen drought, the like never seen in our moviegoing lifetimes”. Therefore, quenching Aucklander’s “insatiable hunger for the very best cinema from around the world” is what the festival hopes to do.

Fiona Clark: Unafraid has recently enjoyed a run as part of NZIFF, and will no doubt be an exciting addition to the new In The Shade film festival as well. Other films announced as part of the programme can be found on the festival’s website, with more titles being added in the coming weeks.