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Doc Edge Clinic #2: Prepare to Pitch

28 Mar 2020
10am to 12pm, Saturday 28 March
Doc Edge Clinic #2 focuses on prepping to pitch, with presenters addressing pitch documents, pitch teaser video, and turning ideas into a budget.
Event type: 
Live event, Seminar/Public Lecture, Workshop/Seminar
FREE (Registration is required)


** Due to reaching level 4, we will deliver this event online and FREE **

Doc Edge invites all filmmakers to the second of this year's Doc Edge Clinics for 2020.

Doc Edge Clinic #2 focuses on prepping to pitch, with presenters addressing pitch documents, pitch teaser video, and turning ideas into a budget.

The Clinic will look in detail at what makes a good documentary pitch, documentary story development, proposal writing, and creating audio-visual supporting material. The Clinic is open to all, but is especially timely for anybody putting the finishing touched to their applications to Doc Edge Pitch.

This session is also a great way to network and meet other creative professionals working in the documentary sector.

– Introduction to Doc Edge Pitch
– Story Development and Budgeting
– Teasers, Trailers and Pitch Videos

Julia Parnell
Julia Parnell is an award-winning producer and documentary director. During 20 years working in the entertainment industry, Julia has developed a singular ability to create striking work with emotional depth. Julia has cemented her place as New Zealand’s most prominent creator of music documentaries with feature film 'The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillipps' and the upcoming 'SIX60: Till The Lights Go Out', plus a wealth of television documentaries, including 'Anthems: New Zealand’s Iconic Hits', 'Exponents', 'Dragon' and 'New Sound of Country'. Julia is also the co-founder of Loading Docs, an award-winning short documentary initiative supporting emerging and independent filmmakers.

Recipient of the WIFT Woman to Watch award in 2010, The NZIFF Best Short 2013, Show Me Shorts Best Short 2014 and Best Web series 2016 & 17, Julia’s work has also been chosen for festivals in New Zealand and Australia; Doc Edge, NZIFF and MIFF, as well as around the world at SXSW, Tampere, Palm Springs, Bermuda, Rhode Island and Puchon.

Kath Akuhata-Brown
Kath (Ngāti Porou) is a writer, director, television documentarian and development executive for Te Mangai Paho and, previously, the NZ Film Commission. Last year she was a 2019 recipient of Te Aupounamu Māori Screen Excellence award from the NZFC and Ngā Aho Whakaari.

Her documentary and docudrama work includes being researcher/writer/director for the Greenstone series Taonga, Maori Television's 'Ngā Pari Kārangaranga' and 'Whare Taonga', and the story of Ane Wakerangi for Waka Huia.

Kath was lead researcher on 'Poi E' directed by Te Arepa Kahi and is credited as development consultant on Julia Parnell and Rob Curry's 'The Chills: The Triumph and Tragedy of Martin Phillips'. She's currently in development on a couple of feature length drama projects.

Simon Coldrick
Editor Simon Coldrick moved to New Zealand in 2005 and set up The Bigger Picture. Since then he has established himself as one of New Zealand’s leading documentary film editors.

Simon’s work includes Justin Pemberton's Emmy-nominated feature ‘The Golden Hour’, David Farrier's Sundance Film Festival breakout ‘Tickled’ (which won Doc Edge Pitch in 2014), and Annie Goldson's Orwellian biopic ‘Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web’, which premiered at the prestigious SXSW Festival and Hot Docs.

Recently he was approached to re-cut the feature-documentary ‘Doin My Drugs’ for US producer Fax Bahr ('Hearts of Darkness: A filmmaker’s Apocalypse') and co-directed the feature documentary ‘By The Balls’ for TVNZ’s Sunday Theatre.

This Doc Edge Clinic is presented with the kind support of the University of Auckland, NZ On Air and the New Zealand Film Commission.

Written by

Doc Edge

11 Mar 2020

The Documentary New Zealand Trust (Doc Edge) is a not-for-profit charitable organisation based in Auckland which was founded in 2004. Doc Edge's mission is to lead and inspire the creative, business and wider communities to develop and celebrate documentary stories.