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The Documentary Edge E-Newsletter / Issue 42 – Mar 2011

Kia ora!

Documentary Edge Festival closed last night in Auckland with Oliver Stone’s South of the Border.Thank you to everyone who attended the Festival this year! The Festival heads to Wellington and will open there this week on Thursday. It will run at the Capital city until the 27th of March. Check out the schedule and Q&As and book your tickets now to avoid disappointment as some sessions sold out in Auckland. Documentary Edge Forum and DOC Lab were a great success and we thank everyone who attended this year. Docu72 and Documentary Edge Campus are coming soon.

Here is the latest from the Documentary Edge Hub.

The Documentary Edge Team

1. Documentary Edge Festival 2011 - Wellington Opening Night

After a successful season in Auckland (thank you all), Documentary Edge Festival 2011 will open in Wellington on Thursday 10th of March and will run at Angelika at Reading Cinemas Courtenay until the 27th of March. Screenings will also be held Monday through Friday during the day at City Gallery Wellington. The 18-day Festival includes 64 films from 20 countries. The opening night film at 8.30pm is Alexandre O. Philippe’s The People vs George Lucas. A free drink and nibbles are included with your ticket and we have great prizes to giveaway including a 6 month subscription to the NZ Listener, a gift certificate from the Quadrant Hotel Auckland and 4 double passes to the Festival.
Tickets for the opening night film as well as all the other films can be booked online.

Please tell all your friends and family about the festival and encourage them to attend the screenings at either Angelika at Reading Cinemas Courtenay or City Gallery, many of these films will only screen at the Festival and unlikely to return for a theatrical season.

2. Q&As in Wellington

Local filmmakers and guests will attend the following films and hold a question & answer session after the following screenings:

Hiding Behind The Green Screen with director Paora Joseph

Winner of Best NZ Short Documentary and Best NZ Emerging Filmmaker

Sunday, 13/3 at 2.30pm and Friday, 25/3 at 7.15pm at Angelika at Reading Cinemas Courtenay

I Am the River

Winner Best NZ Feature Documentary, Best Cinematography, Best Editing

Wednesday, 16/3 at 6.30pm at Angelika at Reading Cinemas Courtenay

Lest We Forget - NZers Telling Their Holocaust Stories with director Anna Cottrell


Landscapes at the World's Ends with director Richard Sidey

Thursday, 17/3 at 6pm and Sunday, 27/3 at 3.30pm at Angelika at Reading Cinemas Courtenay

3. 2011 Award Winners

Congratulations to all the winners! Documentary Edge Festival held a Gala on 24th February and announced winners for best international and NZ prizes including a new category this year On the Edge. I Am the River won 3 NZ categories – Best Film, Best Cinematography and Best Editing. Enemies of the People is the stand out international film, winning Best International Feature and Best Director – sharing the Best Director prize with Precious Life. The Outstanding Contribution to the NZ Industry was given to the films This Way of Life and The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls. Full list of winners.

4. Documentary Edge Forum 2011 – Thank You 

A BIG thank you to everyone who attended and participated at this year’s Documentary Edge Forum. The 3-day event was stimulating with many great sessions and networking opportunities. For those who were unable to attend, check out The Knowledge, a daily newsletter which was produced during the Forum. More articles about the Forum can also be found at ScreenHub.

Here is what some people had to say:

“It was absolutely inspiring to meet so many interesting people and I really enjoyed the different panels..!” Keiko Bang, Bang Productions, Singapore

“I found it a good mix of 'players' and 'talent', so we were able to discuss both business and creative issues. The on-going conversation proved to be stimulating and constructive.” Pat Ferns, Ferns Productions, Canada

“After all the great festivals I've been invited to recently, I can confidently say that Documentary Edge is one of the very best on the circuit.” Alexandre O. Philippe, director of The People vs. George Lucas

“The whole event was amazing & I think you have done a great job - really. The combination of all the events is really a huge undertaking.” Jan Bieringa, BWX Productions, NZ

“It was really great and wonderful to feel there is support for doco’s and also in bringing the international community to NZ. Thank you for making this happen!”
Miriam Smith, NZ

DOC Pitch was one of the highlights with 10 projects trying to secure funding. Congratulations to Mark Hutchings and the project 'Wrestling Spectacular - A Kiwi Century On The Mat' for winning the Best DOC Pitch prize, a Panasonic BluRay player.

Thank you also to everyone who took part at DOC Lab this year. Wendy Levy (facilitator) and the mentors were very impressed with the projects and the passion the people who are behind these projects. Congratulations to Anna Reid and the project 'Nan Houser' for winning the Best DOC Lab prize, a Panasonic BluRay player.

5. Docu72 – Countdown to 1st July

We are counting down to NZ’s first short documentary competition, Docu72, to be held 1-4 July 2011.
Visit and register to take part of this groundbreaking event.

6. Documentary Edge Campus – Coming soon

Documentary Edge Campus, New Zealand’s first resource centre for documentary films and related materials will open its doors in Auckland soon. We are accepting donations to the Campus, so if you have any documentary materials (books, magazines, papers, etc) that you wish to donate,
please contact us at or call us at 09 36 00 329
Monetary donations and sponsorships are also welcome to help the operation and running of the Campus. There will be four viewing station for students, teachers, journalists, filmmakers, researchers, and the wider community.

7. Calls for documentary submissions


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