Doc Edge held its gala awards night Thursday in Auckland. One NZ title shoved aside the opposition to take four local gongs, with international titles taking all the category awards.
Monica De Alwis’ roller derby doco Pretty Brutal cleaned up most of the NZ festival awards, taking Best New Zealand Feature Documentary, Director and Editing. Robyn Paterson’s Finding Mercy took the Cinematography and Emerging Filmmaker awards.
The night’s other multiple winner was Kim Longinotto’s Salma, which took the Best International Feature Doco and International Director Awards although, perhaps oddly, not the award for the category in which it screened.
Following the Screen Edge Forum’s Thursday afternoon DocPitch session, the winner was announced during the evening. This year saw a considerable jump in the number and stature of filmmakers putting themselves forward, in part no doubt due to the considerable jump in the value of the prize package – worth c$20,000 this year.
Pietra Brettkelly took the win for her pitch for Flickering Timebomb. Brettkelly’s Maori Boy Genius has an upcoming limited theatrical release commencing 2 May.
Doc Edge 2013 winners were:
Best International Short Documentary
Saving Face, Daniel Junge, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, USA/Pakistan
Best International Feature Documentary
Salma, Kim Longinotto, UK/India
Kim Longinotto, Salma
Best World Cinema
A World Not Ours
Best Sign of the Times
Tales from the Organ Trade
Best Game On
Best Human Rights
The Invisible War
Best Generation Next
Best The American Dream
The Waiting Room
Best Culture Vultures
Best New Zealand Short Documentary
The Green Chain, Kathleen Mantel
Best New Zealand Feature Documentary
Pretty Brutal, Monica De Alwis
Best NZ Director
Monica De Alwis, Pretty Brutal
Best NZ Cinematography
Best NZ Editing Pretty Brutal
Best NZ Emerging Filmmaker
Robyn Paterson, Finding Mercy
Documentary Edge International Super Hero
Ally Derks, IDFA, The Netherlands