The Documentary Edge Festival has opened submissions for next year’s event after this year’s successful edition.
Audience numbers in Auckland and Wellington were up, which was especially gratifying coming from a smaller programme than last year.
Doc Edge is using FilmFreeway for submissions this time around, making it one of a growing number of festivals ditching incumbent submissions service WithoutABox. For the 2015 festival, DocEdge accepted submissions via both services.
A strong part of FilmFreeway’s marketing push has been its cheaper service than that of WithoutABox, which had a pretty clear playing field for several years. A couple of months ago Film Freeway launched a social media campaign against WithoutABox, accusing the older festival submission tool of rorting filmmakers.
Several festivals using FilmFreeway tweeted in support of FilmFreeway (or in opposition to WithoutABox).
Submission for Doc Edge 2016 are to be made via FilmFreeway. Submission deadlines are:
- Early Bird: 1 Oct 2015
- Regular: 15 Dec 2015
- Late: 31 Dec 2015
The Documentary Edge Festival will run May-June next year, alongside sister event Screen Edge Forum.