The Dinner Agreement Finds Success at LAFA

Congratulations to DEGANZ member Matthew Campbell Downes for his recent success at the first Los Angeles Film Awards (LAFA) of 2023! His short film The Dinner Agreement earned him the Best Director (Short) and Best Indie Short awards in the monthly run virtual festival.

The film sits with a falling-out-of-love couple who wishes to make it work for the sake of their children. Set at a cosy table for two on their first dinner date in a long time, the husband and wife negotiate the changes they’d like to see to save their rocky marriage.

Matthew has been a visual storyteller his entire life, starting as an illustrator and comic artist (fun fact: Matthew is the artist behind Karma Cola’s Lemmy Lemonade). His previous short film, The Dregs, also found success at LAFA, winning Best Indie Short in 2017. The film went on to feature in NZIFF’s Best Shorts the same year and FIFO Tahiti in 2018.

Matthew thanked DEGANZ for our contributions to the local industry, sharing that the workshops he has attended helped him foster and hone his craft.

We are excited to see where else Matthew and The Dinner Agreement go after these excellent results!

Last updated on 15 February 2023