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The Documentary Edge E-Newsletter / Issue 36 –APR 2010

Kia ora! Another edition of Documentary Edge Festival has ended and we thank everyone who attended the festival this year. We announce the amazing results from Wellington and submission deadlines to Documentary Edge Festival 2011. You will also find a Festival Survey which we invite you to fill in and let us know what you think. If you think that once the festival is over that we have nothing to do, this is certainly not to case. In a new section in the newsletter, we will keep you posted with the Trust’s work all year round.

Here is the latest from the Documentary Edge hub.

The Documentary Edge Team

Documentary Edge Festival - WOW Wellington!

Documentary Edge Festival closed in Wellington on 28 March with the screening of Art & Copy. The Festival ran in the Capital for 16 days at Angelika at Reading Cinemas Courtenay and City Gallery.  Audience numbers increased by a staggering 105% (!) over last year’s numbers.

We would like to thank each and every one of you who attended and supported the Festival as well as the filmmakers, visitors, venues and supporters who helped making Documentary Edge Festival 2010 a huge success.

A special thank you to Katja Struder (our City Coordinator), Harry Silver and all the volunteers. You guys rock!

The top ten attended films this year were:

  1. Liquid Stone: Unlocking Gaudi's Secrets
  2. Art & Copy
  3. The Yes Men Fix The World
  4. Contact
  5. Mount St. Elias and The Unnatural History of The Kakapo
  6. The Desert of Forbidden Art
  7. The End of The Line and Gimme A Hug
  8. Only When I Dance
  9. At The Edge of The World and Journey from Zanskar and El Sistema
  10. The Belgrade Phantom

2. Documentary Edge Festival 2010 - Survey

Now that the Festival is over, we would like to hear from YOU what you thought of it. Please help us by taking a few minutes to fill out the survey by Friday 7 May 2010, so that we can bring to you an even better Festival next year. It is very simple and would take approximately ten minutes of your time.

We will draw five lucky winners from everyone who completed the survey and each of them will receive a Documentary Edge Festival T-shirt!

Complete the Documentary Edge Festival survey

3. Documentary Edge Festival - Submission deadlines for 2011

When one festival ends another is just a few months away. The 6th edition of Documentary Edge Festival will be held Feb-Mar 2011 and we are now open for submissions.

Please note that submissions can be made only through Withoutabox (WAB). If you are not already on WAB, it is free to register and easy to submit.

The submission fees (short/feature) and deadlines are:

Please read the Rules and Regulations prior to your submission. We look forward to considering your film.

4. The Documentary NZ Trust News

We are currently working on the establishment of Documentary Edge Campus. This will be run all year round and includes establishing a permanent home for a Resource Centre / Library which will house documentary films and written materials, provide a centre for holding meetings, running workshops and a drop in centre.  This centre will available for the wider community to come and view films and use the available resources.

We invite individuals and companies who wish to support/donate/sponsor/help with this initiative and be part of creating the only documentary Resource Centre in New Zealand  to contact us at:

5. What’s Up Doc?


A date for the next Doc2Doc event will be announced by the end of the month. The 'Call for Works' is still open, email if you wish to present a project.

The Broadcasting Landscape

Monday, 26 Apr 2010 at St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland. Forum 2pm – 5p and Drinks 5pm – 6pm. RSVP

A forum on the impact of the new TVNZ amendment bill. Chaired by Richard Driver, the forum aims to: understand the new TVNZ amendment bill and the implications for the industry, provide information and knowledge around key issues, be a resource for organisations and individuals who plan to write a submission, and discuss ideas of what else can be done to educate and inform.
Speakers include Associate Professer Geoff Lealand, lawyer Karen Soich and a panel of industry guilds and organisations.

This Way of Life

Congratulations to Barbara and Tom for the film’s selection to Hotdocs. This is a must see doco and you can still catch it at the Academy Cinemas in Auckland.

The Unnatural History of the Kakapo

The Unnatural History of The Kakapo has won a Merit Award for Human-Wildlife Interactions at the International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, Montana. Congratulations to Scott Mouat and the Kakapo.

Home by Christmas

Gaylene Preston’s latest film Home by Christmas will be released on April 29 in NZ. The film is a memoir based on filmmaker Gaylene Preston’s interviews with her father about his World War II experiences, reconstructed with actor Tony Barry as Ed Preston. Gaylene won the Best Contribution to the NZ Documentary Industry at the recent Documentary Edge Awards Night.

Help Free Writers and Journalists Held in Iran

There are at least 60 writers, journalists, and bloggers currently in Iranian prison for carrying out their professional activities in Iran. Please sign the petition calling for their release.


2-6 June 2010. The new bi-annual Berlin Documentary Forum presents documentary practices across disciplines, demonstrating the increasingly significant and much-debated role of the documentary in the visual arts, performance, literature and cinema.

DOC Meeting Argentina

23-25 Sept 2010, Buenos Aires. DOC Meeting Argentina includes: Conferences, Workshops and Seminars, One On One Meetings, and a Pitching Forum. Projects to the Pitching Forum must be submitted by 1 Aug 2010.

6. Calls for documentary submissions

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