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Perfect Storm by Guild member Morag Brownlie is a finalist in NZIFF’s Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts Competition.

Directed, produced and edited by Morag, Perfect Storm follows one man’s enforced isolation on the wild west coast of Tāmaki Makaurau, as he paces the beach and wonders whether he will see those dear to him again. Dramatic, majestic, intimate and moving, this short documentary is sure to resonate with all who have been separated from their loved ones.

A Morning With Aroha, directed by Nicholas Rinni and edited by Francis Glenday (DEGANZ), is another finalist. The short film follows young Aroha as she embarks on her mission with increasing urgency, whilst her family begin to wonder about where she could be.

As Ngā Whanaunga is a competitive section of the New Zealand International Film Festival, all films in the collection are eligible for the Wellington UNESCO City of Film Award for Best Film ($3000 cash prize), as judged by a jury. Audience members at Auckland and Wellington screenings will also vote for the winner of the Letterboxd Audience Award, a cash prize of $1000.

Congratulations to Morag, Francis and their teams on this achievement. The finalists were selected by Leo Koziol and Craig Fasi, and will screen during NZIFF in all festival locations.

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With over 70,000 short films submitted from 44 countries, DEGANZ member Tim Hamilton’s Zero Gravity was able to beat out the competition to win the Best Edit Award at the inaugural TikTok Short Film Competition.

Tim was able to make Zero Gravity on a shoestring budget of $600 with the help of AWA Films and his colleagues at POW Studios. Speaking to TikTok, he stated how thrilled he is to see TikTok recognised as a place of storytelling and that “the most innovative filmmaking techniques you can see today come straight out of TikTok”.

TikTok launched the global #TikTokShortFilm competition in partnership with the Festival de Cannes where experienced and emerging filmmakers could demonstrate their skills with the help of TikTok’s creative tools and effects. A jury of industry leaders judged the submissions.

Watch the hilarious Zero Gravity here.

Our congratulations to Tim Hamilton!

The Kickstarter campaign for Save Me is underway with 19 days to go! Directed by Kirsty Hamilton, the project is seeking a target of $20,000 to help cover production costs. The short film brings together a group of talented individuals, including producer Lynnaire MacDonald and cinematographer Jess Charlton (Loimata, The Sweetest Tears).

Kirsty Hamilton participated in DEGANZ’s inaugural Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator in 2017. After being delayed due to the pandemic, the team is now working full speed ahead towards making Save Me.

Written by Suzanne Adamson, Save Me is about the well-intentioned but sometimes misguided sacrifices we make to try and heal the one we love from grief and suffering. 14-year-old Kirsten is desperate to help her mother move beyond the grief she is chained to, but what Kirsten needs is to be seen and loved by her mother again.

If you are keen to support the filmmakers of this powerful and thought-provoking film, visit their Kickstarter page. Good luck to Kirsty and the rest of the Save Me team!

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!

Congratulations to DEGANZ member Jack Woon on receiving NZFC Catalyst funding for his short film, Let’s Settle This.

The film’s logline: Two Kung fu masters meet in a Chinese diner via a dating app. They must settle the bill – and an ancient vendetta – to consummate their fateful encounter.

Jack will write and direct, with DEGANZ board member Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa producing alongside his sister, Abba-Rose Dinah Vaiaoga-Ioasa.

Catalyst He Kauahi supports New Zealand filmmakers to progress their talents to the next stage and make exceptional, high end narrative short films that will ignite the flame and be the catalyst for change in their career. Teams have been funded $100,000 to go towards their short film and towards the development of the feature film concept.