This year the Documentary Edge awards are being presented over two nights, with the festival award winners announced on Wednesday 21 May, the opening night of the festival, and the industry awards coming next week during the Screen Edge Forum at the end of the month.
The first of the two events ran immediately ahead of the opening film, Peter Burger and Charlotte Purdy’s Erebus – Operation Overdue. By the time the lights went down the audience knew it was about to see the film judged Best New Zealand Feature Documentary.
Erebus: Operation Overdue trailer
Five NZ awards will be presented at the industry awards next week: for Best Director, Editing, Cinematography, Emerging Filmmaker along with the winner of DOC Pitch, which runs on the Forum’s opening day (29 May). Two international awards will be also announced, Best International Director and the Documentary Edge International Superhero Award, which last year went to the Forum’s keynote speaker and founder of IDFA, Ally Derks.
The Doc Edge Festival runs at Q Theatre, Auckland, until 2 June; at in Wellington at the Roxy Cinema, Miramar, 5 – 15 June. The Screen Edge Forum runs at AUT, Auckland, 29 – 30 May.
The Festival award winners were:
The Best in Category winners were: