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The Documentary Edge E-Newsletter / Issue 47 – Jan 2012

Kia ora! After welcoming 2012 and the Year of the Dragon, it is time to roll up the sleeves and get ready for the upcoming Documentary Edge events. While the financial challenges of the past year are still being felt by many of us, Documentary NZ Trust is resolved to continue to work even harder to advocate better opportunities for New Zealand documentary making and embrace new ideas.

When it comes to Documentary Edge 2012, expect the unexpected. We will deliver an outstanding Festival, brand new Screen Edge Forum and continue to lobby and advocate for documentary in New Zealand. Here is the latest news from the Documentary Edge hub.

The Documentary Edge Team

1. Documentary Edge and Auckland Art Gallery presents

Documentary Edge is excited to announce a new partnership with Auckland Gallery. Throughout the year, Documentary Edge will present documentary films that will be screened on Saturday afternoons at the Auditorium at Auckland Art Gallery. The screenings will be free of charge and all are welcome to attend. The first screenings in 2012, I.M. Pei Building China Modern, and New Beijing will be held this coming Saturday, 4 Feb at 1.00pm & 3.00pm. I.M. Pei, screened at Documentary Edge Festival 2011, follows the world-renowned architect Pei as he returns to his ancestral home in China to introduce modernist ideas while preserving local heritage. New Beijing, screened at Documentary Edge Festival 2010 look at what happens to Beijing's architecture legacy in the rush to modernise. Dan Shanan will introduce the films and everyone is welcome to join us at Auckland Art Gallery this Saturday.

2. Documentary Edge Festival 2012 Artist Annora Spence on board

The final films are being confirmed and the full 2012 festival programme will be launched mid March. While you wait with anticipation to check out the list of films, we are privileged to partner with and commission the renowned international artist Annora Spence to create original artwork for the Festival and Forum. For Annora, this was the first time she became involved with a film festival and she was up for the challenge. Those of you who are familiar with Annora's work will know that her work depicts reality with humour and simplicity. The complete artwork will be revealed at the programme launch.

Documentary Edge Festival 2012 will be held in Auckland from 26th April to 13th May at Event Cinemas Newmarket and in Wellington from 17th May to 3rd June at Angelika at Reading Cinemas Courtenay.

3. Screen Edge Forum Preliminary sessions announced

Screen Edge Forum announced the preliminary sessions in the 2012 programme which will be held at Auckland's AUT from 2 4 May. A big thank you for the curating team: Fiona Milburn, Lyn Collie, Anna Jackson and Alanagh Stone. The team will announce the panellists and moderators next month. In the mean time, we are pleased to announce the first confirmed guest for Screen Edge Forum. He is Keyur Patel. Keyur is well-known to our New Zealand government as an influential and important international investor.

You may register now and save your space at the Forum. Check out the incredible range of sessions and take advantage of the first early bird special of 10% off until the 1st of March. Registering for Screen Edge Forum allows you to participate in Doc Pitch (see below).

4. DOC Pitch Submission deadline is 29th Feb 2012

DOC Pitch is open for submission. To be eligible, you must register for Screen Edge Forum 2012 and the deadline is on 29th February. Submit your documentary idea to be considered by our selection panel. If selected you will be able to pitch it to the panel of local and overseas commissioning editors, buyers and other funders sitting together in a documentary specific pitching forum.

5. Documentary Edge - Advertising opportunities

Documentary Edge offers excellent advertising opportunities in both the Festival and Forum programme booklets. There are various options from a full page, half a page and quarter page slots available at very competitive market rates. Check out the Rate Card. Please contact Giles Coverdale to book your ad.

6. What's Up Doc?

We now have the link to Documentary Edge Industry page on Facebook Please add this to the newsletter and the homepage.


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