o7 May 2018

Internationally Acclaimed Dutch Filmmaker Honoured as A Superhero at Doc Edge 2019

Doc Edge 2019 prepares for its opening later this month with an incredible line up of over 30 international filmmakers and industry guests in attendance. The Festival is also proud to honour legendary filmmaker Heddy Honigmann as the recipient of the highly esteemed 2019 Doc Edge Superhero award. 

The Doc Edge Superhero Award recognises a recipient’s outstanding contribution made to the documentary industry. Honigmann is the latest recipient of the award following Diane Weyermann of Participant Media; Chris McDonald, the President of Hot Docs Canada; Ally Derks former founder of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, US consummate filmmaker Steve James, and Kiwi filmmakers Leanne Pooley and Dame Gaylene Preston.

Peruvian born Honigmann‘s work has been honoured widely with retrospectives at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and also at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. She has won major awards at film festivals around the world. Her films include Around the World in 50 Concerts (2014), IDFA Opening film El Olvido (2008), Forever (2006), Dame la Mano (2003), Good Husband, Dear Son (2001), Food for Love (2000), Crazy (1999), The Underground Orchestra (1998), Two Minutes of Silence, Please (1997), O Amor Natural (1996), Au Revoir (1995), Metal and Melancholy (1992), Mind Shadows (1987). Her latest film Buddy (2018) is screening at Doc Edge Festival 2019.

Doc Edge Executive Director Dan Shanan says, “It is both a privilege and honour to be able to celebrate a legend of documentary. Honigmann exemplifies brilliance, compassion, accomplishment and inspiration all at once in her work. The world is blessed with the taonga (treasure) she creates”.

The Award will be presented by Doc Edge Ambassador Judy Bailey at the Doc Edge Film Awards in Auckland on 31 May 2019.

Auckland and Wellington will be swarming with some outstanding industry and international filmmakers who will be available during the Festival. Confirmations include:

Alexandre PhilippeMemory: The Origins of Alien

Shannon ServiceGhost Fleet

Amy GoldsteinKate Nash: Underestimate the Girl

Jeff Reichert American Factory

Veronica MilesGeneral Magic

Tomer HeymannJonathan Agassi Saved My Life

John WalkerAssholes: A Theory

Benjamin DuffieldMegalodemocrat: The Public Art of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

Dian Lee and Ineza RoussilleM for Malaysia

Vikram DasguptaBeyond Moving

Marco GianstefaniKaramea

Mark DooleyRepeat Attenders

Sue ThomsonThe Coming Back Out Ball Movie

Bernadine Lim – Screen Australia

Stephen Oliver – ABC Australia

Rebecca Barry – Media Stockage, Australia

Cristine Dewey – Ro*co Films, USA

Dana Merwin – International Documentary Association (IDA), USA

Paul Stevens – Beach House Pictures, Singapore

Natsu Kawakami – NHK, Japan

René Boutin – Ânûû-rû âboro, New Caledonia

In addition, with support from the Franco-German Cultural Fund, the French Embassy and the Goethe-Institut, this year’s Festival brings German and French productions and film industry professionals to New Zealand to build connections with local filmmakers and to explore co-production opportunities.

Doc Edge screens in Auckland from 30 May – 9 June 2019 and in Wellington 13 – 23 June 2019 For the whole Festival programme visit:

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