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DOCNZ sends notes from the airport

Only hours before skipping the country to lead the NZ delegation to GZDOC in Guangzhou, DOCNZ takes time out from packing the suitcases to offer an early look at some of what will be on offer at the DOCNZ Summit.

Returning international guests include Wendy Levy, (USA, The Producer’s Institute, BVAC), Pat Ferns (Canada, Ferns Productions) and Julia Overton (Screen Australia). New faces arriving from overseas include Jennifer Collins (Australia, ABC) and Marc Boothe (UK, B3 Media).

Local participants, or locally-based in some cases, include Jude Callen (TVNZ), Sue Woodfield (TV3), Richard Driver (The Documentary Channel), John Barnett (South Pacific Pictures), the very French and very witty Laurent Antonczak (AUT) who presented a fascinating Script-to-Screen and James Franklin (NZ/UK, Pixeco).

The provisional programme for the 3-day Summit (1 – 3 March) will offer networking functions, Date a Doco and the Pitch Forum; speaker and panel sessions on The Future of Documentary, Crossing Over, 360 degree content creation and delivery, s.92A Copyright (New Technologies) Amendment Act and creative freedom and Meet the Industry.

In light of newly introduced NZFC documentary funding and prevailing NZ On Air and Creative NZ policies, the Summit will also address the knotty problems of what constitutes a cinematic documentary and NZ Content?

There’ll also be a report on DOCNZ Lab immediately preceding the Summit (27 – 28 Feb), facilitated by Wendy Levy with Jennifer Collins, James Franklin and Laurent Antonczak acting as mentors. Applications for the Lab close on 24 December.

The DOCNZ festival’s country focus will be on China, and the Summit will run a session on documentary filmmaking in China and co-productions. DOCNZ is attending the Guangzhou Documentary Festival (GZDOC) next week, which has its country focus on NZ, and the two organisations will be signing a memorandum of understanding.

The Summit will also offer workshops on Writing for documentaries, Recreations and docu-dramas, Documentary Series, The ABC’s of sales and distribution: should you be doing it yourself?, Proposal Writing and Budgeting, and Pitching Your Way to Success.

Registration forms can be downloaded from here, with earlybird discounts applying until 31 December.

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