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Docu72 announces judges

Doc Edge’s time-limited documentaary filmmaking competition has its inaugural outing in August, and the three judges are now announced. Helen Clark, Tom Burstyn and Jenny Ross will do the honours.

Clark is well-known supporter of the arts in general, having held that portfolio in addition to Prime Ministerial duties during her tenure until 2008. She’s currently Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, Chair of the United Nations Development Group and – according to Forbes – the 61st most powerful woman in the world. The list is topped by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Burstyn is well known as director and cinematographer of last year’s This Way of Life which made an audacious bid for an Oscar nomination and came within spitting distance of a final nomination. He also shot last year’s festival favourite The Insatiable Moon.

Ross is a recent returnee to these shores, and a commissioner for Al Jazeera English, sourcing acquisitions for the network’s Witness strand. Ross was a panelist at this year’s Doc Edge Forum.

Docu72 will run 26-29 August, with a premise similar to the V48Hours event: 72 hours to create and deliver a short 5 – 8 minute documentary. In addition to the judges’ efforts, films will be available online at the competition website for audience voting.

More information on Docu72 is available here and registration is open.

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