Doc Edge’s 2012 edition will drop back a little, ducking to the cooler side of Easter. The organisers have also split DOC Lab away from its pre-Festival and Forum slot.
The juggling act will now see the Doc Edge Festival screen in Auckland 26 April – 13 May, again at Event in Newmarket; and in Wellington 17 May – 3 June, at Angelika at Reading Cinemas Courtenay.
The move takes the festival beyond the end of Daylight Saving and the Easter school holidays, both of which impact on cinema-going other than to occupy the kids. Doc Edge hopes that the new calendar slot will become its regular home for coming years.
Submissions have now closed for the 2012 edition, although the festival is in negotiation with a few projects unable to meet the final deadline.
The festival received c550 submissions this year, a similar number to last time around, although the number of NZ films submitted was down. The NZFC now allows local films selected for Doc Edge to apply for post-production funding, as they can for the NZFF and selected international festivals, so the drop in submissions is surprising.
Film selection is still ongoing, but Doc Edge hopes to announce the first films selected for the 2012 festival before Christmas.
The newly-renamed Screen Edge Forum—Screen and Beyond will run 2 – 4 May at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). Although Forum sessions have always addressed issues and topics that weren’t exclusively doco-specific, the new improved version will specifically address a broader range of topics with non-doco sessions included in the programme.
Some doco-only sessions will remain, including the popular Date-a-Doco and DocPitch sessions. The renaming also acknowledges the increasing number of projects (particularly campaign docos) that make their impact – and often their money – from multi-platform exploitation.
Anna Jackson and AUT’s Fiona Milburn have joined the Doc Edge team to work on transmedia sessions for the Forum programme, while There Once Was an Island producer Lyn Collie is working on some doco-specific sessions.
DOC Lab, recently running immediately ahead of the festival and forum, drops even further back on calendar and will now run at AUT 13 – 15 July. The shift will allow the Doc Edge team to focus more energy on it and support it more strongly without the distraction of running the simultaneous festival and forum programmes.
This Sunday (11 December), Doc Edge presents a free screening of Polly Watkins’ Liquid Stone: Unlocking Gaudi’s Secrets at 1pm in the newly-refurbished Auckland Art Gallery.