In 2020 Doc Edge introduced Rough Cuts, a small market event specifically for factual film and series content nearing completion. In 2021 Rough Cuts will expand its reach and the support it offers to participating filmmakers.

The aim of the programme is to assist near-complete projects as they prepare to go to market. The programme is open to submissions of feature film, one-off and series projects, but not shorts.

This year’s Rough Cuts programme will include a two-day Lab (13 – 14 August) on deliverables, EPKs, marketing and presentation materials. Mentors will work with the project teams both as a group and on-to-one to help improve all the collateral supporting a project.

On 24 – 25 September, project teams will present their projects to a panel of commissioners, distributors, festival directors and programmers, publicists and sales agents. Project teams will also take one-to-one meetings with decision makers.



Key Dates:

Submissions to Rough Cuts: Friday 28 May – Friday 9 July.
Project teams notified: Friday 16 July.
Lab: Friday 13 – Saturday 14 August.
Event: Friday 14 – Saturday 25 September.



Submissions to Rough Cuts 2021 are now closed.

If you have questions about the programme, please email [email protected]

Congratulations to the projects selected for Rough Cuts 2021. They are:

Crazy Bloody Greens
presented by Bryce Groves

Hens’ Teeth: A Box of Birds
presented by Tracey Savage and Kate Jason Smith

I of the Water: The Unwritten Life of Sia Figiel
presented by Kimberlee Bassford

Off the Rails
presented by Peter Day

Revolt She Said
presented by Louise Lever

Rohe Kōreporepo / The Swamp the Sacred Place
presented by Kathleen Gallagher

The Place of Exception:
Vietnamese Refugee Camps in the Taiwan Strait
presented by Asio LIU Chihsiung

The Siren Song
presented by Eden Bernal Ponce and Polly Yeung

Women’s World
presented by Lou Wang-Holborn and Luka Yuanyuan Yang

(all times NZ, UTC+12)

Friday 13 August – 7pm
Find out what people think of your story so far!

Meet a panel of people who’ll give feedback on your submissions, especially the sequences: Films Transit founder Jan Rofekamp (Canada/Greece), Taskovski Films’ Irena Taskovski (UK), Alphapanda’s Joanna Solecka (Poland), and Moolin Films’ Yin-yu HUANG (Japan).


Saturday 14 August – 10am
EPKs – how to make them sing

Publicist and festival strategist Kathleen McInnis (US), who was a wonderful contributor to our Clinic programme last year, returns to talk the do’s and don’t-even-think-about-its of your EPKs. Make yours stand out from the crowd and work hard for you.

Kathleen will be joined by NZ publicist Kate Jones (818) and producer Mark Westerby (WestMark) who’ll provide NZ-focused input and info.


Saturday 14 August – 2pm
The shopping list

It’s never too early to think about deliverables. What will you need that you could have collected already? What requests will surprise you? What might cost if you have to go back to someone or somewhere to get it?

Join the NZFC’s Jasmin McSweeney, Madman’s Andrew Cozens and NIXCo’s Gabrielle Oldaker (Australia), previously with Disney and Village Roadshow, as they build a hit-list of must-have, good-to-have and smile-and-nod elements to help sell, distribute and market titles effectively.

Thanks to our Industry Programme Partners




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