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The Documentary Edge E-Newsletter / Issue 50 – Apr 2012

Kia ora! The 50th edition of our e-newsletter comes out hours after the opening night of Documentary Edge Festival 2012 in Auckland. Check out the great reviews and book your tickets at the Festival's venues or their websites. Come to the Q & A sessions. Don't forget to like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for the latest news and promotions. Screen Edge Forum starts on 2 May at Auckland University of Technology. Register now to be part of this ground breaking pan-screen industry event. We announce the DOC Pitch selected projects and highlight the Mind The Gap closing session at the Forum. The Rendezvous Grand Hotel offers a special deal for Documentary Edge guests. See you at the Festival and Forum.

The Documentary Edge Team

1. Documentary Edge Festival 2012 Opened in Auckland

The 7th edition of Documentary Edge Festival opened in Auckland on Thursday, 26 April and it will run until 13 May. You can buy tickets at Event Cinemas Newmarket box office or their website. For screenings at Auckland Art Gallery, on Dash Tickets website or on-site from one hour prior to the screening.

Revenge of the Electric Car, the follow-up to the hit film Who Killed the Electric Car? opened the Festival to two sold out screenings. Director Chris Paine introduced the film and Radio Live presenter, Graeme Hill held a Q &A session with him following the screening.

For full details and updates on the Festival, please visit the Festival website. The Festival Programme is also available as an E-Book.

72 films from 34 countries are in the 2012 programme. All films are in competition for top awards to be given at our Gala Awards in Auckland on 3 May.

2. Q & A sessions at the Festival

Many Question and Answer sessions will be held during the Festival with local and international filmmakers. International Directors Chris Paine (Revenge of the Electric Car) and Jared Scheid (The Mayor) are already in Auckland for their screenings. This is a great opportunity to hear inside information about the film and debate the film topics. Please check the list of films with Q&A sessions and join us in supporting the filmmakers.

3. Festival reviews

The Festival is getting great coverage in the media. Festival Directors Dan Shanan and Alex Lee appeared on TVNZ's Good Morning on Thursday and more coverage with local and international filmmakers will follow in the coming days. Check out the following reviews:

4. Like Us and Follow us

If you are not already following our social media sites, this is the time to join. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For trailers and other clips check out our YouTube and Vimeo video channels.

5. Screen Edge Forum You snooze, You loose

NZ's pan-screen industry event, Screen Edge Forum, starts 2 May at Auckland University of Technology. The 3-day Forum is an outstanding opportunity to network, learn and engage with like minded people and industry professionals. Register now

Registrants to the Forum will receive

The Forum offers individual, student, corporate and industry rates. Please check the website for the latest information and list of panellists, and like the Screen Edge Forum on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest information.

6. DOC Pitch Projects Selected

We are pleased to announce that the following projects have been selected to pitch DOC Pitch 2012:-

Dave Gibson will facilitate the session on Friday 4 May.

7. Mind The Gap General Admission Session

The closing session of Screen Edge Forum will be Mind The Gap. There is clearly a gap in documentary funding and development which in turn is affecting the future of documentary production in New Zealand. How can this gap be filled? Whose responsibility is it to do so? The Panel explores a way forward and how to develop a series of strategies to facilitate this. As this is a very important topic, the session will be open to the general public to attend to enable a full and robust discussion as to how we can find solutions to the problem.

Panellists are Graeme Mason (NZFC, NZ), Jane Wrightson (NZOA, NZ), John Harris (Greenstone Pictures), Haunui Royal (Maori Television), Gaylene Preston (Gaylene Preston Productions, NZ), Annie Goldson (SDGNZ, NZ) and Documentary NZ Trust.

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8. Rendezvous Grand Hotel Deal to Documentary Edge Guests

Rendezvous Grand Hotel offers a special rate ($140 including breakfast) for Documentary Edge guests. Please book or call the hotel direct (09 366 3000) and mention Documentary Edge.

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