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Doc Edge starts Forum rollout

The Doc Edge International Film Festival (Doc Edge) has announced some of the guests who’ll participate in this year’s Screen Edge Forum.

Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams (pictured, top), who previously attended Doc Edge with God Loves Uganda and the NZIFF with Life, Animated, is the first guest announced. Both Williams’ feature docos were in contention for Oscars. His 2010 short Music by Prudence, won. Williams serves on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, and the Alumni advisory board of the Sundance Institute.

Williams is joined by transmedia practitioner, Alexandre Brachet, whose 2015 Do Not Track has reached over 1.8 million people. Brachet and Williams will each deliver a keynote address and workshop on online documentaries.

Booked for last year but unable to present her film The Opposition due to an injunction, Australian Hollie Fifer will make the trip this year for a session called ‘ When Subjects Go Rogue’.

Fake News goes under the microscope in a session led by Ravi Bajbai, former Multimedia Editor of The Hindustan Times. The US-based International Documentary Association’s Amy Halpin will also appear, with more international guests still to be announced.

The Documentary Edge Festival will run 10 – 21 May at Wellington’s Roxy, and 24 May – 5 June at Auckland’s Q Theatre. The Screen Edge Forum will run 19 May in Wellington and 26 – 27 May (including DocPitch) in Auckland.

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