Doc Edge presents the 14th International Doc Edge Forum 2020

Doc Edge presents the 14th International Doc Edge Forum 2020

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LEARN. CREATE. CONNECT at the Doc Edge Forum from 29 May – 1 June, presented by RNZ.


Academy Award-winning filmmakers, the Governor and Chair of the Documentary Branch of the Academy Awards, Documentary Programmer for Toronto International Film Festival, plus the leading lights from the world’s documentary industry will all be logging in for the 14th annual Doc Edge Forum, online and worldwide from this Friday 29 May – Monday 1 June.

Kay Ellmers, RNZ Commissioning and Acquisitions Manager, said, “RNZ is delighted to partner with Doc Edge to present the Forum.”

“We’re growing our relationships with independent content creators as there has never been a more important time to ensure that a wide range of voices and perspectives are presented to audiences on trusted platforms.

“We acknowledge the outstanding work and dedication of independent documentary makers, and we hope that the opportunities this Forum offers to learn, create and connect provide inspiration, strength and solidarity in these challenging times.”

This is the largest online global event run by a screen organisation in the Asia-Pacific region since Covid-19 happened. Doc Edge Forum has guests from Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Finland, Japan, Mexico, Germany, Israel, Pakistan, Singapore, the UK, China, the US…and a great bunch of kiwis too.

Acclaimed filmmakers include Oscar winners Roger Ross Williams and Ruby Yang, Oscar nominee Mo Naqvi, impact storyteller Pamela Yates, NZ’s own Matthew Metcalfe, celebrated Israeli filmmaker Yonatan Nir, NZ producing legend John Barnett, indigenous filmmaker Bailey Mackey and Hot Docs 2020 Don Haig Award recipient Bob Moore.

Industry experts include Tom Oyer (Academy Awards), Annabelle Sheehan (NZ Film Commission CEO), Cameron Harland (NZ On Air CEO), Leanne Saunders (Head of Development & Production, NZ Film Commission) and Bernadine Lim (Head of Documentary Screen Australia), Justin Diemen (Aurora Films and Capital Singapore) and Kate Townsend (Netflix UK).

Joining us are major international festival and market leaders including Thom Powers (TIFF, DOC NYC), Pnina Halfon Lang (CoPro Israel), Alice Burgin (AIDC), Heidi Tao Yang (Hot Docs), Meghan Monsour (Ambulante Mexico), Anita Reher (Nordisk Panorama), Amelia Hapsari (In-Docs and Docs by The Sea Indonesia).

Local and international commissioners include Kay Ellmers (RNZ), Vicky Keogh (TVNZ), Lanita Ririnui (Maori TV), Mandy Chang (BBC Storyville), Erkko Lytinen (YLE Finland), Anusha Duray (NITV/SBS), Vikram Channa (Discovery) and Jane Mote (The Whickers UK).

Sales agents include Andy Whittaker (Dogwoof UK), Anja Dziersk (Rise & Shine Germany), Orly Ravid (The Film Collaborative USA).

Rounding off the guests include international powerhouses like Participant Media (USA), EyeSteelFilm, Rise and Shine World Sales and Beach House Pictures, Singapore.

Let us also tell you about the programme. From keynote addresses from NZ Film Commission, NZ On Air, Roger Ross Williams and Thom Powers to panels discussing the industry post Covid-19 and its responses in funding, production, international collaborations, delivery, online digital exhibition and festivals to a timely discussion on indigenous and ethnic documentary storytelling, Doc Edge Forum has something and everything for everyone. The programme and schedule can be found here.

Doc Edge has crammed in as much as they could into five 2.5 hour programmes. For those who like comparisons, that’s around double the amount of session time normally delivered at a live Forum – and all for only $100. No one gets fed this year, but they will be full – with great ideas, information, intelligence, occasional irreverence and an incredible line-up of over 30 hosts, panellists and presenters.

Thank goodness (for those in NZ, at least) it’s a holiday weekend. A 4-day pass is only $100 and $50 for students. Register now 

Doc Edge thanks its industry partners: RNZ, Department of Post, NZ Film Commission, NZ On Air, Screenrights and University of Auckland.

For further details, contact Keith Barclay, Doc Edge Industry Producer, [email protected] and Industry Coordinator, Jamie Whynn  [email protected] or call 09 3600329.