20 May - 1 Jun
3 Jun - 14 Jun
DOC Talks Schedule Published
8 May - DOC Talks, a series of free, public panels and conversations with key commentators and filmmakers in Auckland only during the festival. Check out the schedule and topics on the website.
Screen time Update for "The Desk"
7 May - Check the revised screening schedule in Auckland for The Desk and an additonal session in Wellington. It's all updated on the website.
A Mystery Film
7 May - Doc Edge Mystery Film - It could be one of the award winners or one back by popular demand. Watch the space.
Film Withdrawn - Of Men and War
4 May - With much regret, the film Of Men and War is officially withdrawn from the festival. We will announce the replacement screenings shortly.
Tickets ON SALE NOW!!!
23 April - Tickets are now on sale at Q Theatre, Auckland and The Roxy Cinema, Wellington. More tickets information here.
HOT OFF THE PRESS
Festival 2015 Programme
Festival Programme Launched - It's Official
14 April - Dan Shanan, the Festival Director officially launched the 2015 Festival programme this afternoon to an intimate crowd of filmmakers, media, sponsors and supporters at Q Theatre, Auckland. Q will be the home to the Documentary Edge Festival from 20 May to 1 June.
Docs for Schools present students with the opportunity to attend daytime Festival screenings during the festival period and to engage with current issues outside the mainstream media and school books.
All screenings will take place at Q Theatre, Auckland and The Roxy, Wellington. We suggest advance bookings to avoid disappointment due to the limited seating.
Teachers are encouraged to view the films' trailers and synopses on the website.
To check availability and pricing, to request further information and to make a booking, please contact us at (09) 36 00 329 or email email@example.com
Documentaries are designed to stimulate discussion, thought and debate.
In celebrating just that, Documentary Edge is excited to announce that during the upcoming Festival DOC Talks will run and bring together key commentators and filmmakers in a series of free, public panels and conversations. Talks will discuss topics ranging from the future of documentaries and the current state of surveillance to the economics of forecasting.
International filmmakers joining the Festival and DOC Talks include Pras Michel, Chris McDonald, Larry Edelson, Lyric R. Cabral and Maya Newell. Moderators include David Farrier and Wallace Chapman.
DOC Talks will be held in the Vault at Q Theatre over the two Festival weekends of 23-24 May and Queen's Birthday weekend, 30 May - 1 June.
Seats for the talks are limited, and will be based on a first come, first served basis.
Sat 23 May
2.00 - 3.00pm
Activism – Are Documentaries the New Black?
Chaired by Documentary Edge Festival Director, Alex Lee, this panel will look at the changing nature of documentaries. With Producer Paula Jones and Director/Producer, Dan Salmon.
4.30 - 5.30pm
In conversation with Pras Michel
Wallace Chapman will host a conversation with former Fugees star, Pras Michel to discuss his involvement in Michel Martelly’s presidential campaign in Haiti, the subject of which is the focus of the festival’s opening film, Sweet Micky for President.
Sun 24 May
New Zealand Arts Funding – A Desert Wasteland?
Co presented by Creative Coalition and Documentary Edge, this panel will look at the NZ arts funding scene and discuss opportunities for the future.
The discussion will be chaired by Anne Rodda, director of the Michael Hill International Violin Competition, and will feature Elisabeth Vaneveld, Executive Director, The Big Idea, Dr Ella Henry, Senior Lecturer, Te Ara Poutama, AUT, and Grae Burton, actor and artist.
Sun 24 May
4.30 - 5.30pm
In conversation with Chris McDonald
Documentary Edge Executive Director, Dan Shanan, will hold an informal conversation with Chris McDonald, President of Toronto’s Hot Docs.
Sat 30 May
1.00 - 2.00pm
In conversation with Maya Newell
Director of Gayby Baby, Maya Newell, will hold an informal discussion with the film’s Executive Producer, Billy Marshall Stoneking, discussing her experience of making the film and some of the key issues raised by it.
2.30 - 3.30pm
Larry Edelson and the Economics of Forecasting
Larry Edelson, who was involved in the documentary, The Forecaster, will discuss the economic theories and controversies that the film explores. Actively involved in the precious metals market for nearly forty years, Larry joined the Weiss Group in 1995 and has consistently called the ups and downs of the gold market.
Sat 30 May
Food Talk - In Conversation with Erik Greenberg Anjou and Mark Helenowski
Director of Deli Man, Erik Greenberg Anjou, and director of For Grace, Mark Helenowski, talk food and film in this discussion of their respective documentaries, chaired by Yee Yang ‘Square’ Lee (WhySquare Ltd).
Sun 31 May
12.30 - 1.30pm
What is the next Frontier of Storytelling?
Chaired by Documentary Edge Festival Director, Alex Lee, this panel will focus on transmedia storytelling and the way digital advancements impact the way we tell stories. With Brenda Leeuwenberg, Digital Strategist, NZ on Air, Anna Jackson, co-director of Transmedia NZ, and Kerry Warkia, Flat3 Productions.
Privacy – Is Surveillance the Price for Freedom?
Chaired by Dr Jocelyn Williams, Head of Communication Studies at Unitec, this panel will discuss the complicated tension between the need for state surveillance to combat international crime and terrorism, and the need to protect our own right to privacy. With Lyric R. Cabral, director of (T)ERROR, Dr Rhys Ball, Lecturer in Security Studies at Massey University and Keith Locke, former Green MP.
Mon 1 June
12.00 - 1.00pm
Empowering the Dragon – Asian Participation in the Media
Chaired by Documentary Edge Director, Alex Lee, this panel will discuss the visibility and role of Kiwi Asians in the media.
Documentary Edge Festival 2015 Awards will be held at the Gala Night at Q Theatre, Auckland on 29 May. The evening includes a LIVE performance by Hip Operation Crew, led by Billie Jordan, following with the screening of Hip Hop-eration. This is a fundraising event for the Hip Operation Crew.
This year, Documentary Edge will present Awards for the following:
Best International Short
Best International Feature
Best International Director
Best NZ Cinematography
Best NZ Editing
Best Emerging NZ Filmmaker
Best NZ Short
Best NZ Director
Best NZ Feature
International Superhero Award