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Day One Shorts (formerly Someday Stories) selected DEGANZ member Ricky Townsend‘s Wilbert Wire as one of the eight commissioned projects for 2024.

Ricky is the project’s writer/director and is joined by Ella Waswo (producer) and Joseph Chamsay (co-producer) to bring his sci-fi/family short film to life. It follows a robot art student, othered by his human teacher and classmates, who is tasked with creating a painting about love.

Day One Shorts will provide the scripted teams with $20k to produce their films. They will also receive wrap-around talent development support, including workshops, professional script consultancy, and mentorships for the directors and producers.

This support has already kicked off for the year as Day One welcomed the teams to come together for the programme’s annual two-day hui. During the two days, they worked with development consultants, spoke with former series alumni, and took part in workshops from industry professionals.

We look forward to seeing Wilbert Wire when it comes out later this year!

DEGANZ member and advocate for comprehensive consent education, Liv McClymont‘s short documentary I Stand For Consent premieres on World Sexual Health Day. Perfectly enough, this year’s theme is consent.

Motivated by a survey exposing the extent of sexual harassment and harm at her former high school, Liv returns to amplify the students’ call for change. Through interviews with students, principals, experts, and even Liv’s own mother, the doc exemplifies the urgent need for compulsory consent education in schools.

Despite the heavy topic, Olivia aims to discuss sexual harm with a sense of hope and empowerment. In her director’s statement, she says,

As someone who lives with the trauma of sexual harm, it was important to me that this flm focussed on the way forward, rather than dwelling on the disheartening reality of the issue. I wanted to create a film that survivors could watch with pride and that would inspire change in our communities. And, rather than just spreading awareness – I wanted to take action.

The creators behind I Stand For Consent present the film as a rallying cry for change. They provoke viewers to think about how sexual harm is normalised in society and show the steps forward. It calls upon us all to support the quest for better sexual violence prevention, inspiring a safer future for generations to come.

The doc was commissioned through Series 7 of Someday Stories, an annual collection of social and sustainability-focused short films made by emerging creatives in Aotearoa.

Watch the doc on socials and RNZ from 4 September.

Someday Stories has released the first four films of its 2022 series, featuring Mary Mary. Congratulations to the editor, DEGANZ member Sam Small.

The short film, written and directed by Gabriella Gilbert, is set in 1963 and based on true events. It follows eighteen-year-old Mary as she faces an unplanned pregnancy. She is forced to take things into her own hands when her relationships and future are at stake, changing the course of more than just her own life.

Additionally, DEGANZ 2018 Incubator alum Michelle Savill was the project’s production mentor.

Someday Stories focuses on six sustainability-themed shorts by young kiwi filmmakers each year. From drama to documentaries to music videos, the series sparks ideas and stimulates conversation about the future and sustainability. This year’s series concentrates on stories based on true events that portray issues that permeate current society and how our choices affect us and future generations.

You can watch Mary Mary here.

Congratulations to member Ruby Harris (fourth from the left, top row) for being selected for Someday Stories 2021. With the support of NZ On Air and Te Mangai Paho, six short films have been funded. According to Someday, the themes of these films are as diverse as ever before.

Ruby’s short drama, Pet Day, follows two horse loving best friends, Dani and Gabe as they prepare for their school’s annual ‘Pet Day’. It all sounds like fun and games until they learn something about Dani’s Step-Dad that will change their life forever.

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