Guests

Here is the growing list of local and international guests joining Doc Edge Festival 2024 in Ōtautahi Christchurch. 
We expect more guests to be added so do come back for an up-to-date guest list periodically.

Alexander Garcia

Supervising Producer
New York Times Op-Docs
A documentary director/producer based in Brooklyn, New York.

She has made films on topics ranging from international investigations to music and culture. She also shaped and produced some of the Times’s marquee digital documentary and interactive projects.

Garcia’s work has been honoured by the Emmy Awards as well as the World Press Photo Awards, the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Awards and the NPPA Best of Photojournalism and POYi contests. She was formerly a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and a visual journalist at The Washington Post. 

Cameron Harland

Chief Executive
Tumu Whakarae
Cameron is the Chief Executive of NZ On Air, responsible for the operational delivery of the public media funding agency.

Cameron has a long and varied career in the screen and entertainment industries including running Park Road Post Production and Stone Street Studios in Wellington. Prior to working at NZ On Air he was involved in advertising, working for Saatchi & Saatchi in London and Wellington and before that Head of Professional Rugby at NZ Rugby.

He is a former Board member of the NZ Film Commission, Te Papa and was Deputy Chair of TVNZ.

Christopher Gebhardt

Co-Founder & President
RandomGood Foundation
Christopher is a leader in using storytelling to drive social impact, applying a strategic framework he developed at his impact agency Stir.

At Participant, he led the creation of digital communities and created impact agencc, Tag, which had clients such as Disney, Intel, American Express, MacArthur Foundation, and Gates Foundation.

He is an Edmund Hillary Fellow and a fellow of the RSA. He teaches at UCLA’s Anderson School and served as Chair of the Ad Council Issue Advisory Board.

Chris Lynch

Journalist | Founder
Chris Lynch Media
Journalist and Broadcaster Chris Lynch has dominated the Christchurch media landscape with breaking and reliable local news.

His background includes reporting for Newstalk ZB and producing for Close Up, a nightly current affairs show. Lynch also produced and presented news on the now-defunct public TV channel TVNZ7 and served as a morning talk host in the Canterbury radio market for nearly nine years.

Throughout his media career, he has won radio and television awards. His trusted journalism brand was further solidified when he received a 100 percent trust news rating from the international accreditation organisation NewsGuard.

Corinne van Egeraat

Producer
I Am the River, The River is Me
Corinne van Egeraat is an independent filmmaker and producer based in the Netherlands. She is the winner of the 2022 Oscar-qualifying Berlinale Documentary Award for her most recent hybrid documentary Myanmar Diaries (2022).

She has spent over ten years working on Myanmar as well as teaching human rights film there. Her award-winning creative documentary films have been broadcast in over thirty countries and screened at more than four hundred film festivals around the world, premiering at the Berlinale, Venice, IDFA, and Rotterdam.

Hajime Yoda

Executive Producer
NHK Enterprises
After working for the Swahili service of Radio Japan, Hajime has spent most of his career in News and Current Affairs and the International Broadcasting divisions.

In the field of co-production, he has worked with broadcasters in China, Singapore, Indonesia and the United States. In 2017, he was co-producer for Stephen Schible film "Ryuichi Sakamoto: CODA”. He has participated in Doc Edge Festival before as well as IDFA Forum, Sheffield Film Festival, Kolkata, Crossing Borders in Den Pasar and many others as a decision maker for documentaries.

Jasmin McSweeney

Head of Sales & Acquisitions NZ
Umbrella Entertainment
Jasmin joined Australasian distribution company Umbrella Entertainment as the Head of Sales and Acquisitions for New Zealand in February this year.

She also produces for Sanctuary Pictures, the production arm of Umbrella. Prior to this role, Jasmin was the Head of Marketing at the New Zealand Film Commission for the past decade, responsible for the promotion and marketing of New Zealand films in New Zealand and internationally.

John-Paul Marin

Director
Distil Immersive
John-Paul is a co-founder and director of the independent creative technology studio Distil Immersive. With a career spanning 20 years, his interactive work embodies the worlds of documentary, art, narrative, design, and digital. Inspired by the rich potentiality of these mediums to stir emotions, he has produced immersive experiences that challenge conventional notions of storytelling in both virtual and physical spaces.

Before launching Distil, John-Paul was a digital executive at SBS Television, having led the first national Digital Creative Lab dedicated to experimenting with new forms of storytelling.

Laura Théron

Déléguée Générale
FIFO Tahiti
Laura Théron was born in Tahiti where she grew up admiring the natural beauty and feeding on stories of the Pacific islands. In 2016, she returned to Tahiti and worked in a cultural field to be an ally in the preservation and transmission of the Polynesian identity.

Self-taught in communication and audiovisual, she become a member of the FIFO team in 2021, as communications manager, before being appointed general delegate of the festival in 2023. She also teaches Communication at ISEPP (the catholic university in Tahiti), building strong connections with the future generation of audiovisual professionals.

Matthew Metcalfe

Managing Director, Producer
GFC Films
Matthew Metcalfe is one of New Zealand’s most prominent producers with over twenty years experience. In that time, he has produced over NZD 250 million worth of production, representing seventeen feature films and dramatic TV series, ten tele-features and numerous other TV shows, TVC’s, documentaries and music videos.

Matthew is the founder and Managing Director of GFC Films. Matthew over sees all productions and manages the relationships between GFC Films and the company’s key partners, including Universal Pictures and XYZ Films.

Paul Goldsmith

Member of Parliment NZ
Various portfolio including Media & Communications, Arts & Culture
First elected off the National Party list in 2011, Paul served as the Chair of the Parliamentary Finance and Expenditure Select Committee. Since then, in the Key and English national governments, 2014-17, Paul held a string of key portfolios.

Before entering Parliament, Paul created his own business as a historian and biographer focusing on NZ history and economic development. He has published 10 books, his last were biographies of Alan Gibbs (Serious Fun) and Sir William Gallagher (Legend).

Paul is an enthusiastic pianist and has a broad interest in the arts.

Petr Lom

Director
I Am the River, The River is Me
Petr is an award-winning filmmaker whose content is typically focused on human rights and climate change. His films have premiered at Sundance, the Berlinale, Venice, IDFA and Rotterdam, have screened at over 400 festivals around the world, and been distributed and broadcast in over 20 countries.

He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in Political Philosophy and was a professor at the EUI Florence and CEU Budapest before leaving academia to become an independent filmmaker in 2003.

Ramona Diaz

Director
And So It Begins
Ramona is an award-winning Asian-American filmmaker whose films have screened at Sundance, the Berlinale, Tribeca, the Viennale, IDFA, SXSW, Hot Docs, and many other top- tier film festivals. Her films include including Imelda (2004), The Learning (2011), Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey (2012) and Motherland (2017)

Ramona was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) in 2016, and in 2017 received a Women at Sundance Fellowship and a Chicken & Egg Pictures Filmmaker Award. She is a recipient of both a United States Artist and a Creative Capital Fellowship.

Shannon Service

Filmmaker and
Edmund Hillary Fellow
Shannon Service is an investigative reporter and filmmaker whose work has appeared at Toronto, Telluride, and Berlin International Film Festivals. Her feature documentary Ghost Fleet was nominated for a 2020 Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography and her companion VR film debuted at Sundance. She was a finalist for DOC NYC’s best new director award and won the Palm Springs Film Festival’s emerging director prize.     Shannon’s reporting awards include an Edward R. Murrow, a National Press Photographers Association award, and a Knight Award for Best Narrative Science Journalism. 

Subina Shrestha

Subina Shrestha
Subina Shrestha
Subina is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated journalist and filmmaker. From undercover reporting in Myanmar during cyclone Nargis, to investigating child slavery, and to covering Nepal’s earthquake and its aftermath, Subina has steered major news coverage, often as the only international broadcast journalist on the scene; and told stories of people whose lives have been affected by natural and human-made disasters.

She is also a Nieman fellow 2017, a Global Media fellow 2019, and an Ochberg fellow 2022.

Ted Hope

Doc Edge Superhero
2024
Ted’s been a producer for over 70 films; a studio executive for over 60 films. He launched Amazon’s foray into feature film production, leading them to 19 Oscar nominations and 5 wins. As a producer, his films have received 25 Oscar nominations, with 6 wins.

Ted’s memoir ‘Hope for Film’ is a must-read as is the ‘Hope for Film’ newsletter. Ted helped launch the feature film careers of Ang Lee, Nicole Holofcener, Hal Hartley, Michel Gondry and many others. He is the CEO of a start-up streamer, Executive Director of a film society & festival, and a Professor of Practice at 2 universities among many other endeavours.

Vanessa Hope

Director/Producer
Award Winning Films
Vanessa Hope is an award-winning producer and director who has produced multiple acclaimed films in China including Berlin International Film Festival selection, Wang Quanan's "The Story Of Ermei" and Cannes Film Festival selection, Chantal Akerman's "Tombee De Nuit Sur Shanghai" part of an omnibus of films, "The State Of The World." She has also produced and directed her own short films, including "China In Three Words" with contemporary Chinese author Yu Hua, an official selection at DOC NYC.

Vanessa is on the advisory board of the Equal Rights Amendment Coalition and the Fund for Women's Equality.

Yulan Chang

Director
CNEX Chinese Doc Forum
Yulan Chang is a passionate advocate for documentary filmmaking. She oversees CCDF, a prominent platform for documentary professionals in the Chinese diaspora.

Previously, Yulan was the Producer of Production and Development at National Geographic, where she was responsible for overseeing original productions in Taiwan and China. Her career with National Geographic and Discovery Asia, established her as a visionary in documentary storytelling. She is deeply committed to supporting emerging talent and promoting the art of documentary filmmaking.

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