The DOC NZ Trust has announced a new award, the first international participant for its Screen Edge Forum, and a meaty prize for the winner of this year’s DOC Pitch.
This year’s Screen Edge Forum (18‐19 April) will present its inaugural Doc Edge International Super‐Hero Award to Ally Derks, founder and CEO of International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Doc Edge’s Alex Lee was a judge at IDFA for its 25th edition, the first Kiwi selected by the festival in that capacity.
In recent years Derks has picked up a couple of other awards. At IDFA’s 25th edition (November 2012), the festival’s home city presented Derks with the Frans Banninck Cocq Medal, awarded to people who have made an exceptional contribution to Amsterdam.
18 months previously she received Hot Docs’ Doc Mogul Award, presented to those who’ve contributed significantly to the creative vitality of the documentary industry.
She’ll be in Auckland to accept the award and participate in other events around the Forum and Festival.
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Presenting at the Screen Edge Forum will be Canadian Chinese filmmaker Yung Chang, whose China Heavyweight will play in the Doc Edge Festival. The film won the doco prize at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards late last year, and early this year screened in competition for Sundance’s World Documentary award.
Chang’s previous doco feature, Up The Yangtze, also collected a Golden Horse Best Doco gong among a bunch of other international awards.
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This year’s DOC Pitch will offer a prize package worth $12,000, comprising of post‐production services from Park Road Post; studio time at RPM Films; a print package from Soar Print; legal fees from Alex Lee Lawyers; strategy development with Doc Edge’s directors; and a letter of intent from Smiley Film Sales to represent the completed film.
DOC Pitch is “dragons den” event to help support the best documentary project to get funded and completed. The prize package will enable the filmmaker recipient to further develop the project to pitch internationally at other markets and seek co‐production funding.
Screen Edge Forum is an annual Film, TV and All Media industry event focusing on innovative ways to create and fund all kinds of screen production. Forum attendees can expect new ideas from local and international master‐class sessions, networking and pitching opportunities.
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This year’s Screen Edge Forum (18-19 April) runs a day shorter than recent editions, which have dedicated much of their final day to the DOC Pitch and Date-a-Doco events. Registrations open 1 March here.