Doc Edge Screen Edge Speakers



Media Release: For Immediate Release


The Documentary New Zealand Trust presents:


19 May 2017, Wellington, Park Road Post

26 & 27 May 2017, Auckland, the University of Auckland

The Doc Edge International Film Festival (Doc Edge) is elated to do an early announcement of several luminaires of the documentary world participating in the 11th annual Screen Edge Forum. For ten years, the Forum has been an essential part of the Doc Edge Festival, bringing together local and international filmmakers in a lively atmosphere of debate and idea sharing. Each year the Forum has attracted some of the globe’s leading film practitioners to share their wealth of knowledge and this year is no exception. This year, each city will have a separate programmes and speakers. Early confirmation of Auckland visitors includes:

The much lauded Roger Ross Williams is in this year’s line-up. Williams is the first African-American Director to win an Academy Award®. His film, Music by Prudence, won the Academy Award® for Best Documentary Short in 2010. His previous films, God Loves Uganda was shortlisted, and most recently, Life Animated, a finalist for Best Documentary at the Oscars®. Williams serves on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and the Alumni advisory board of the Sundance Institute. Williams will deliver a key-note address and speak on how to develop a more inclusive and representative industry.


Renowned and leading transmedia practitioner, Alexandre Brachet, joins the international posse. For the last 10 years, his documentary production company Upian has pioneered web and interactive documentaries. Their projects include Thanatorama (2007), Gaza-Sderot (2008), and Do Not Track (2015) which has reached audiences of more than 1.8 Million viewers. His last project was How to Make a Ken Loach film? He will deliver a keynote address To Change the Future, Click Here and a workshop on Everything You Need to Know about Producing an Online Documentary?

More leading practitioners attending the Auckland Forum include: -

Hollie Fifer, An Australian documentary maker whose feature film, The Opposition caused controversy, and was prevented from screening in 2016 due to court action. Together with David Bigio Q.C., they will explore When Subjects Go Rogue.

Amy Halpin, Director of Filmmaker Services at the International Documentary Association (IDA), a U.S. organisation which administers over 8 million dollars in philanthropic funding for independent documentaries, will participate in Doc Pitch and the Forum as a panellist.

Ravi Bajbai, Recently appointed as a prestigious International Centre For Journalists Knight Fellow and former Multimedia Editor of The Hindustan Times, India’s largest English news daily, works with pressrooms to reinvent their coverage of critical news. He will lead a discission about Fake News.

With more high-calibre names to be announced, this year’s Screen Edge Forum is a screen and digital storytelling event you cannot afford to miss and set to be one of the most exceptional years yet!


Screen Edge - New Zealand’s Screen Industry Forum

Doc Edge Festival

10 – 21 May, Wellington, Roxy Cinema, Miramar   

24 May – 5 June, Auckland, Q Theatre, Queen Street

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Elephant Publicity

13 Apr 2017