The six successful teams selected to take part in PASC and NZOA’s Episode One Web Series Programme have been announced. DEGANZ members Nahyeon Lee and Bala Murali Shingade are among them with two exciting projects.

Episode One is a PASC initiative that aims to develop more screen content by Pan-Asian New Zealanders. The programme supports six teams to take their projects from a pitch to a produced pilot.

ASIAN 8 – Outraged by the racism at her posh private girls’ school, an ambitious Year 12 student rallies fellow Asian students to support her bid for Head Girl, in exchange for finding them dates to the ball.

Team members: Nahyeon Lee, Vhari Lennox and Sarina Pearson

BOOM SHANKAR – When an overconfident bomb defusal officer and an anxious dairy owner end up dead after a failed bomb defusal, they must work together to navigate the bureaucratic Afterlife for one last chance at redemption.

Team members: Bala Murali Shingade, Aman Bajaj, Gayatri Adi and Porvi Fomra

Congratulations to Nahyeon and Bala!

Our congratulations goes to the DEGANZ members whose work featured among the finalists for the 2021 NZ Web Fest Awards.

Taking out the award for Best NZ Pitch was Léah McVeagh (DEGANZ) for her pitch I Choose. Another special shout out to the runner up of that prize category, which went to fellow member Taylor Nixon for his pitch Roadie.

The five-part documentary series 100 Year Forecast, edited by Ben Chesters (DEGANZ) received a Special Mention under the Best Show – NZ Factual category. The Spinoff produced the online series, which explores the implications of climate change for Aotearoa New Zealand, as well as discussing potential action moving forward.

This year’s list of #NZWF21 award nominees also included other work from our members. Rachale Davies’ The Collective was a nominee for the Best Show – NZ Factual Award. Meanwhile, under the Best Pilot (NZ) category, both Anton Steel’s Chloe and the Crash Test and Samuel Shelton’s The Handy Circle were finalists.

Read the full list of winners on the NZ Web Fest website.