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Ankita Singh is this year’s Piki Pitch winner, receiving a $10,000 development prize. A big shout out to our member Hweiling Ow (pictured) for being one of 10 shortlisted writers alongside partner Peter Haynes for their project Jing.

Piki Pitch received 275 submissions, so making the shortlist is no small feat! The selected projects participated in a series of workshops in order to develop their stories and hone their pitching skills. Piki Films is dedicated to maintaining relationships with all of the creatives involved in the workshop programme.

See the full list of shortlisted participants here.

Well done to Christchurch filmmaker Gaylene Barnes (DEGANZ) whose project Ladies, A Knife was selected as winner of the 2021 South Pacific Pictures ‘Big Pitch’. Gaylene was one of six hopeful teams applying for the $2,500 award. The prize will go towards development, in addition to a complimentary registration to the 2022 SPADA Conference.

The judging panel featured Kelly Martin and Andrew Szusterman of South Pacific Pictures, Steve Barr (TVNZ), Jo Smith (NZFC), Thomas Robins (Sky Originals), and guest judge Jon Landau.

Gaylene said that “the idea has been lingering for quite a few years, and it’s perhaps a story New Zealand doesn’t know it needs right now.”

SPP CEO Kelly Martin called Gaylene’s pitch “a potentially multicultural story which can allow us to talk about what’s happening now by looking back into the past.” Martin said Ladies, A Knife has the potential to “develop characters that New Zealanders can really identify with.”

Congrats Gaylene!

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.

Congratulations to our members who recently won awards at Doc Edge Pitch 2021. Member Paul Wolffram and ShuRun Yap won the award for Best Pitch – New Zealand with Sanguma. Dhaka DocLab Prizes went to both Rajneel Singh with Operation Rambu! and Kim Webby with Ratman and the Whales.

The Best Pitch prizes include a range of services that will assist Paul Wolffram and ShuRun Yap with their project, including post-production services from Park Road Post and travel assistance from the NZ Film Commission to attend the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

Congratulations to the many DEGNZ members who have been selected as finalists for Doc Edge Pitch 2021. DEGNZ members accepted as finalists include, Vanessa Wells with The Climate Canary, Gwen Isaac with Siouxsie & The Virus, Paul Wolffram with Sanguma, Kim Webby with Ratman and the Whales, Tom Burstyn with Iggy in Love and Mark McNeill with Being Chloe. Finals run at the end of April, best of luck to you all. Next, the finalists will participate in pitch preparation workshops to work towards their live and online pitches.

Previous Doc Edge Pitch winners include DEGNZ members Julia Parnell and Jan Oliver Lucks for Wilbur Force (2016) and Robyn Paterson for In Zone (2015).

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