Five more filmmakers from overseas have been announced as part of the Doc Edge festival and Screen Edge forum programmes.
One previously-announced guest has withdrawn, Canadian-Chinese director whose China Heavyweight is playing in the festival programme. However, one door closes and another opens. Fellow Canadian director Ric Esther Bienstock will now attend the world premiere of her Tales from the Organ Trade at Doc Edge.
Bienstock has produced and directed titles including the Emmy award-winning Sex Slaves and Ebola: Inside an Outbreak.
Other international directors attending will be Nitzan Gilady, director of Family Time; and Genevieve Bailey, director of I Am Eleven.
Producer Liz Burke (Missing in the Land of the Gods) will attend.
Catherine Scott, director of Australian doco Scarlett Road won’t be attending but the subject of the film, sex worker Rachel Wotton, who has a long-standing clientele of people with disabilities, is up for the trip.
Previously announced are IDFA founders and festival director Ally Derks and US producer Corey Tong.
The Doc Edge Festival runs in Auckland 10 – 21 April, at Q Theatre; in Wellington 8 -19 May at Reading Cinemas Courtney and The Film Archive.
The Screen Edge Forum runs 18 – 19 April at Auckland University of Technology.
Information on both is here.