Forum

An industry conference of seminars, panel discussions,
masterclasses and networking opportunities.

INFORMATION, INSPIRATION AND COLLABORATION

Doc Edge Forum is an annual industry conference that brings together local and international film, television and interactive media professionals, practitioners and stakeholders. The Forum offers a curated selection of seminars, panel discussions, masterclasses and networking opportunities.

The 2020 Forum, including Doc Edge Pitch and Date-a-Doco, was presented online. In 2021, the Forum will remain online, to bring together guests and attendees, wherever they are in Aotearoa or elsewhere.

Check out the guests in our 2021 industry programmes here.

The 2021 Doc Edge Forum will run Friday 28 – Monday 31 May. Doc Engage will run Thursday 27 May.

FORUM PROGRAMME

We’re announcing sessions as we go. See below.

FORUM PASSES

We offer two passes – a Full Forum Pass and Day Passes.

If you want access to Doc Engage, the only way to get it is to be one of the first 50 people to buy an Early Bird Full Forum Pass.

Early Bird Full Forum passes are $125+GST, and are on sale now until end of Monday 3 May.
Buy here

From Tuesday 4 May, Regular Full Forum passes will be available at $200+GST.

Students may purchase a Full Forum Pass for $100+GST. Please note this pass does NOT give access to Doc Engage.
Buy here

No other discounted passes are available.

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Doc Engage: Session 1

Meetings with local and international decision makers.

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End of Session 1

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Doc Engage: Session 2

Meetings with local and international decision makers.

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End of Session 2

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Doc Engage: Session 3

Meetings with local and international decision makers.

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End of Doc Engage

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WELCOME

A quick bit of housekeeping to start the day. Take your seats and settle in for three fabulous sessions.

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FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

Tom Oyer (US), Associate Director, Member Relations and Awards, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Host: Kay Ellmers (NZ), RNZ

At the top of the awards heap and the closing event of awards season, the Academy Awards are as good as it gets for peer recognition.

Tom Oyer manages the Academy’s short film and documentary award categories.

Enjoy what he has to say and then ask him questions.

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BREAK

Stretch your legs, take a quick trip to the kitchen or the bathroom (wash your hands!) and settle back in for the morning’s final session.

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BREAK

There are many ways to be well – financially, legally, physically and mentally among them.

Grab some smarts from our panel of experts as they share some of the must-haves and must-nots of ending the day in just as good shape as you started it.

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BREAK

Stretch your legs, take a quick trip to the kitchen or the bathroom (wash your hands!) and settle back in for the morning’s final session.

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BREAK

Stretch your legs, take a quick trip to the kitchen or the bathroom (wash your hands!) and settle back in for the morning’s final session.

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END OF DAY

**Rescheduled to 11.35am Sunday 31 May.

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WELCOME

Housekeeping, coffee, take your seats and settle in for four fabulous  sessions.

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EYES ON STALKS OR BUMS ON SEATS?

Stefan Kloos (DE), Rise and Shine World Sales
Paul Wiegard (AU), Madman
Facilitator: Jasmin McSweeney (NZ), NZFC

We’re all expected to embrace disruption, but who actually loved Universal’s announcement it would put out all its new releases day and date when we can go back to the cinema?

Our panel shares its opinions on this and other issues in the brave new world of content delivery.

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BREAK

Stretch your legs, take a quick trip to the kitchen or the bathroom (wash your hands!) and settle back in for the morning’s final session.

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BREAK

If we listed every festival and organisation Thom is involved with, he’d have no time left to speak. So let’s just say DOC NYC, TIFF and CPH:DOX.

The man is a machine, a very sharp dresser, and an absolute goldmine of information. Enjoy and take notes.

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Stretch your legs, take a quick trip to the kitchen or the bathroom (wash your hands!) and settle back in for the morning’s final session.

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FOLLOW THE MONEY

Matthew Metcalfe (NZ), Producer, Capital in the 21st Century, Born Racer, McLaren
Violet Du Feng (US), Producer, Confucian Dream
Pamela Yates (US), Filmmakers, Granito, Disruption, 500 Years
Facilitator: Donovan Chan (SG), Beach House Pictures

Learn from some very smart producers about what they think will fly in 2020 and 2021 – and how they plan to pilot those ideas through some pretty stormy weather.

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End of Day

The ups and downs, ins and out, and pros and cons of being as light on your feet as it gets in production.

Award-winning documentary director and cinematographer Naashon Zalk talks how to create high-quality content when your phone is your camera.

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WELCOME

A quick bit of housekeeping to start the day. Take your seats and settle in for three fabulous sessions.

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BUDDY, CAN YOU SPARE A DIME?

John Turner (CA), Parkdale Pictures
Corey Tong (US), Producer
Justin Deimen (SG), Aurora Media
Facilitator: Simon Kilmurry (US) Executive Director, IDA

With predictions of economies around the world contracting, shrinking collapsing, going down the gurgler, and taking years to claw their way back to where they were six months ago, let’s talk money.

What might “recession-proof” look like for film, TV and streaming platforms?

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Stretch your legs, take a quick trip to the kitchen or the bathroom (wash your hands!) and settle back in for the morning’s final session.

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Last year we were told we were at peak content – there was so much to choose from in so many places even Methuselah wouldn’t have time to watch it all.

Now broadcasters claim there’s no new content and they’ll have to screen more repeats.

What opportunities are emerging from the rubble, and what will get put out to pasture?

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Stretch your legs, take a quick trip to the kitchen or the bathroom (wash your hands!) and settle back in for the morning’s final session.

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IN CONVERSATION

Mohammed Ali Naqvi (PK), Director, The Accused: Damned or Devoted?
Facilitator: Mandy Chang (UK), BBC Storyville

Meet the bravest man in filmmaking, Mohammed Naqvi, director of The Accused: Damned or Devoted, Insha’Allah Democracy and Among the Believers.

In his own words, “Some people are very intolerant.”

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END OF DAY

Meet the bravest man in filmmaking, Mohammed Naqvi, director of The Accused: Damned or Devoted, Insha’Allah Democracy and Among the Believers.

In his own words, “Some people are very intolerant.”

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This Is Me 

Panel

New and emerging filmmakers talk about the journey ahead.

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Spot the Difference

Panel.

Before and after impact production.

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We’re All In This Together 

Panel

Welcome to some of the finest local and international creators of content by and with people who aren’t considered normal.

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Haere rā

Closing Remarks

Alex Lee (Doc Edge) and Dan Shanan (Doc Edge)

Thanks to our Industry Programme Partners

           

       

 

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