The Knowledge

The Documentary Edge E-Newsletter / Issue 34 – MAR 2010

Kia ora! The Documentary Edge Festival is buzzing in Auckland and is about to open in Wellington this Saturday 13th March. Check out the programme and book your tickets today as some sessions are selling out in both cities. Documentary Edge Lab and Forum were a huge success and the competition results were announced at the Awards Night on 3rd March.

Here is the latest from the Documentary Edge hub.

The Documentary Edge Team

1. Documentary Edge Festival – Auckland now, Wellington coming up

Documentary Edge Festival is currently running in Auckland at Rialto Cinemas Newmarket and the feedback from audiences is great! Some of the sessions sold out so book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Check out the Festival Hub at Rialto where you can ask us anything and collect details about the films. The festival will end on Sunday, 14 Mach and the closing night film is Art & Copy.

Amanda Pope, co-director of The Desert of Forbidden Art, will arrive in Auckland on Saturday and attend the screening on Sunday at 7pm. Amanda will also travel to Wellington and attend the first two screenings there.

Wellington is next to enjoy Documentary Edge Festival. The festival will open at 1.00pm on Saturday, 13 March at Angelika at Reading Cinemas Courtenay and the opening night film is Disney’s The Boys – The Sherman Brothers’ Story. The special price event will include drinks, nibbles, giveaways and a performance by the Wellington Glee Club.

The festival will run until 28 March at Angelika at Reading Cinemas Courtenay with additional screenings at City Gallery Wellington.  

2. Screenings at City Gallery Wellington can be booked online

City Gallery Wellington will host Documentary Edge Festival lunch time screenings from 20-28 March 2010. You can catch the following films at the Gallery:

Tickets are now available at Real Groovy, Dazzle Tickets, and at the door from one hour before the screening.

3. Documentary Edge Awards Night – And the winners are…

On Wednesday, 3 March, Documentary Edge Awards Night was held at the Raye Freeman Centre in Epsom. Over 200 people attended including the Minister of Broadcasting, Hon. Jonathan Coleman, and MPs Melissa Lee and Nikki Kaye.

A total of 15 awards were given to both local and international films, and for the first time, the Documentary New Zealand Trust introduced an award for outstanding contribution to the NZ documentary industry. The first recipient of the award is none other than Gaylene Preston who was taken totally by surprise.

See the complete list of the finalists and winners.

4. Documentary Edge Forum – Thank You!

Documentary Edge Forum was held at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and for three days the industry engaged in master-classes, seminars, panel discussions and the popular pitching forum. The newly introduced DOC Lab was a standout success and we look forward to following up the selected projects later in the year. The Best Pitch was announced at the Awards Night and it went to Simon Burgin for his project, Bring it on Home about Steve Crow.

For the first time, Documentary Edge Forum introduced The Knowledge, a printed newsletter which was distributed at the Forum each morning (and now available online). Thank you to Keith Barclay (editor), Sean Kumar (designer) and for Shanez Akhtar, Tam Barclay-Munro, Shirin Brown, Tony Forster, and Angelique Kasmara who contributed to it.

Thank you to all the sponsors, supporters and everyone who attended the Forum. We look forward to seeing you back next year.

5. Calls for documentary submissions

And we will be announcing the Documentary Edge Festival 2011 submission deadlines in the next newsletter.

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