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.
Amie Mills Head of Funding, NZ on Air
Brian Holland Producer, Magnetic Pictures
Cass Avery Head of Development, Augusto
Dale Corlett Head of Talent Development, NZ Film Commission
Fergus Grady Acquisitions Manager, Limelight Distribution
Jill Macnab General Manager, Vendetta 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 Factual, TVNZ
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 Manager, SBS 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 factual, ABC 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
RECENT BEST PITCH WINNERS
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.