FKA the Doc Edge Forum, the first programme announcements for May’s Screen Edge Forum paints on a broader canvas than just documentary.
In fact, the word documentary appears only three times in the draft programme, all in the outline of one session, Change of Screen, a panel discussion on the recent trend towards social activism in documentary.
The programme focuses more towards the practical than in previous years, with sessions on the production process, transmedia production, storytelling, and fewer sessions dealing with financing.
Old favourites retain their place among the changes, with the Doc Pitch session still on the menu and the popular Date-a-Doco given a slight makeover and renamed Screen Dating to reflect the broader focus.
Forewarned is not necessarily forearmed. Even though the broader focus had been flagged late last year, the draft programme is a bit of a shock. However, only the session titles and blurbs have been announced, not speakers and panellists, whose experience might favour documentary over other genres.
Speakers are currently being confirmed, with Keyur Patel announced at this stage. Patel is a self-described “serial entrepreneur” who’s shepherded several digital media and tech companies from dream to success. He’s also an investor in film and TV productions through Fuse+Media, and an angel investor on projects that strike his appeal.