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.
Submissions to Rough Cuts opened on Friday 28 May.
Submissions closed on Friday 9 July.
We’ll notify the selected project teams on Friday 16 July.
Lab runs Friday 13 – Saturday 14 August.
Event runs 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
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. The panel includes Films Transit founder Jan Rofekamp (Canada/Greece) and Taskovski Films’ Irena Taskovski (UK), plus more people we’ll invite when we know the mix of projects we’ve selected.
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 a NZ publicist for some insider knowledge on the NZ environment.
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 Head of Marketing Jasmin McSweeney and GO Marketing lead Gabrielle Oldaker (Australia), previously with Disney and Village Roadshow, as they build a hit-list of must-haves, good-to-haves and smile-and-nods.