A filmmakers pitching forum for documentary features, shorts and television series.

14 Projects to pitch

Doc Edge Pitch 2019,  presented by Department of Post, was held on Friday 31 May at the Ellen Melville Centre, in central Auckland.

This is a unique opportunity for filmmakers to pitch their documentary proposals to industry experts, to find new partnerships, receive feedback and progress their ideas to funding stage. 

14 projects have been selected. These finalists will be given the opportunity to develop their projects, trailers and pitching skills through a series of Doc Edge Clinics with mentoring from film professionals. They will pitch their projects to a panel of domestic and international commissioning editors, distributors, producers, broadcasters and funding agencies.




Date-a-Doco is a series of fast-paced, one-on-one meetings between pitching filmmakers and panellists. 

The Arctic Corridor, Harry Wynn and David White


The Big Song, Rebecca Tansley and Pamela Harvey-White


The Blue World to Come, James Nikitine


The Bushwhackers: A Love Story, Justin Hawkes and Tara Riddell


Exhale, Justine Simei-Barton and Alex Reed


Kaimanawa, Hweiling Ow, Jenny Gao and Mia Maramara


Kiwi Ink, Iris Huizinga


Tokyo Woman, Gwen Isaac and David Stubbs


LOIMATA – As one star falls a family rises, Jim & Anna Marbrook


O’TOWN, Rupert Mackenzie, Eugene Carnachan and Alex Reed


Out of the Ashes, Piripi Curtis, Kim Webby and Tim Worrall


A Place to Stand, Tess Hutson and Jane Robertson


Sing It To My Face, Jess Feast and Ruth Korver


U.S. and Them, Magnolia Lowe and Rachael Fleury

Local Panellists

Amie Mills Head of Funding, NZ on Air 

Brian Holland Producer, Magnetic Pictures

Cass Avery Head of Development, Augusto 

Dale Corlett Head of Talent DevelopmentNZ Film Commission 

Fergus Grady Acquisitions Manager, Limelight Distribution 

Jill Macnab General ManagerVendetta Films 

Kevin Gordon Sales Manager, Rialto Distribution 

Leanne Saunders Head of Production and Development, NZ Film Commission 

Rachel Antony CEO, Greenstone TV 

Vicki Keogh Commissioner of FactualTVNZ 

International Panelists

Bernadine Lim Head of Documentary, Screen Australia 

Cristine Dewey Managing Director, ro*co films (USA)

Dana Merwin Program Officer, IDA (USA)

Fiona Gilroy Content Sales & Distribution Manager, Flame Distribution (Australia)

Kaye Warren Acquisitions ManagerSBS Australia 

John Walker Independent Director (Canada)

Kimberly Dilts Impact Producer, Film Ignite (USA)

Martin Pieper Head of Aktuelles – ARTE, ARTE/ZDF (Germany)

Natsu Kawakami Assistant Commissioning Editor, NHK (Japan)

Orly Ravid Founder and Co-Executive Director, The Film Collaborative (USA)

Stephen Oliver Commissioning editor factualABC Australia 



The winner of the Best Pitch 2019 was announced at the Doc Edge Awards on 31 May 2019. Congratulations to Tess Hutson and Jane Robertson and their project A Place to Stand.

Congratulations also to Justin Hawkes and Tara Riddell, whose project The Bushwhackers won the AIDC prize.

Doc Edge Pitch 2019 PRIZES

Doc Edge Travel Award
⦁ IDFA Guest Pass (IDFA Academy, Film Screenings, Forum Day Pass)
⦁ DOK Leipzig Industry Pass
⦁ Travel Support from NZFC

Park Road Post – $5,000 post-production services

The Sound Room
⦁ Composition of bespoke music and full 5.1 sound mix for trailer or teaser
⦁ Free usage of extensive music library
⦁ Free music/sound consultation

Antenna Film Festival Pass

Soar Print – $500 print collateral

2018 – Francis Baker | Bombs
2017 – Jack Nicol | No. 1 Stand
2016 – J.Ollie Lucks & Julia Parnell | Wilbur Force
2015 – Robyn Paterson | In Zone
2014 – David Farrier | Tickled
2013 – Pietra Brettkelly | A Flickering Truth

Other successful Doc Edge Pitch projects include:The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, Hip Hop-eration, Relocating Mountains, Loving in Limbo, The Price of Peace, An Accidental Berliner, Walk with Me, Te Hono Ki Aotearoa: The Waka for Peace, Brother No. 1, Pictures of Susan, There Once was an Island, Lost in Wonderland, Druglawed.