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The Documentary Edge E-Newsletter / Issue 45 – June 2011

Kia ora!

Docu72 is gaining momentum with the judges’ confirmation, submissions for the 2012 Festival are pouring in and the next deadline is a few weeks away. The NZ International Film Festival is just around the corner with an awesome documentary selection and if this will not satisfy your craving for docos, stop by the Campus at Ponsonby and watch many more films from the fast growing catalogue. Here is the latest from the Documentary Edge Hub.

The Documentary Edge Team

1. Docu72 – Judging Panel Announced!

She is passionate about documentaries and she's passionate about New Zealand which makes her the perfect judge for Docu72. Former Prime Minister Helen Clark joins our judging panel alongside Academy Awards shortlisted filmmaker Tom Burstyn and Jenny Ross, producer at Al Jazeera English.

Docu72 will be held from 26-29 August 2011 so now is the time to gather friends, family, colleagues and anyone with a pulse to help you win this challenge.

Go to and check out the blog to stay updated.

2. Documentary Edge Festival 2012 – Next submission deadline is 31st August

Submissions are pouring in from all corners of the globe with everyone’s wish to be part of the 2012 edition of the Festival. The next submission deadline is on 31st August 2011.

To submit, just go to WAB and with a few clicks you are done.

3. NZ International Film Festival 2011 – Doco feast

Each year, the NZ International Film Festival (NZIFF) offers a great selection of documentaries and this year is no exception. The Festival opens in Auckland on the 14th of July and will run through the 3rd of August and then travels around NZ.  

We highly recommend the NZ films: Love Story (Florian Habicht), Brother Number One (Annie Goldson), Daytime Tiger (Costa Botes), Mana Waka (Merata Mita), A Matter of Taste (Sally Rowe) and Moving (Park Kiyong).

From the international selection, don’t miss POM Wonderful presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (Morgan Spurlock will attend), Cave of Forgotten Dreams (Werner Herzog 3D film), and Position among the Stars (Leonard Retel Helmrich).

We also loved Pink Saris, Sons of Perdition, My Reincarnation, and Autumn Gold.

Check out the full programme for screening times and locations.

4. Documentary Edge Campus – New films added everyday

The Campus is open and new films are added everyday to the catalogue. In addition to the 4 viewing stations, the Campus offers a wide range of documentary written materials including books, magazines and industry catalogues from around the world. 

The Campus is located at level 1, 114 Ponsonby Road, Auckland (above The Long Room) and it’s open between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday (booking is recommended).

5. What’s Up Doc?

6. Calls for documentary submissions

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