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Doc Edge 2013 makes forum announcements

Following the announcement of IDFA founder Ally Derks as keynote speaker, Doc Edge has added more detail about who and what to expect at the year’s first conference event.

The second international speaker confirmed is Hawai’i-based producer and distributor Corey Tong, whose track record focuses firmly on films from the Asia-Pacific region and LBGT interests.

Tong will present on theatrical distribution with Derks and lead a case study of Debbie Lum’s US doco Seeking Asian Female, which screens in the Doc Edge Festival. Closer to home, he’s also repping Katie Wuruhi’s Kawa, produced by Nicole Hoey.

Tong has been developing a feature The Gathering Place with former SPADA presenter John Williams (100 Meter Films, Japan) and a Hong Kong producer with NZ connections, Shaw Brothers’ Lloyd Chao.

Three sessions by local presenters have a distinctly webby focus. PledgeMe co-founder Anna Guenther will present on crowd-funding/sourcing as she did at last week’s Game Masters Forum at Te Papa. Lewis Bostock will present on the hows, whys, dos and don’ts of social media strategies. Following on from last year’s transmedia theme at the Forum, Fiona Milburn will present on the challenges and opportunities for cross-platform storytelling in documentaries.

Less web-focused but equally practical are two other sessions. The Sound Room’s Marshall Smith (Brother Number One, There Once Was An Island, Lotto) will present on the creative and practical aspects of composing for docos.

The NZ Children’s Screen Trust’s Janette Howe and Let’s Get Inventin’s Luke Nola will present on what makes material work for a younger audience.

The Screen Edge Forum runs 18 – 19 April at AUT in Auckland. Earlybird rates expire 1 April.

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