Doc Edge submissions closed on Friday. Around 600 films were submitted for the 2011 festival, a similar number to what was submitted for this year’s edition. 30 of those submissions were local films.
Doc Edge director Dan Shanan said they were happy with the number of entries received. Had it gone much higher, it would have made it difficult for them to watch all the submissions and make selections in a timely manner.
The programmers have watched about a quarter of films submitted so far. Doc Edge hopes to make announcements of the first five films selected later this month.
The festival, scheduled for February-March next year, is currently confirming dates and venues, with final announcements on those expected next week. The festival is expected to follow its recent format of screening first in Auckland and then Wellington. The Doc Edge Lab and Forum, in recent years programmed to coincide with the opening of the festival, are expected to move into the middle of the Auckland run, allowing the organisers to focus rather than split their energies to kick off each event.