With the extension of the forum from “documentary” to “screen”, there are a number of areas opened up for attention, primarily the exploitation of new media and transmedia, and gaming. Game makers Jeff Nusz; Chris White from BigLittleBang; and Stephen Knightley of Ingame will be the speakers from the latter area.
Anna Jackson and Fiona Milburn from Transmedia NZ, both of whom helped develop the programme expansion beyond documentary, will also present. They’ll be joined by speakers from conference hosts AUT, no strangers to new media, Geraldene Peters and Frances Joseph, along with mobile guru and all-round sexy Frenchman Laurent Antonczak.
Several regular speakers return, including John Barnett (SPP) and Dave Gibson (Gibson Group), Pixeco’s James Franklin and Borderless Productions’ Quijing Wong.
International speakers confirmed to date are Fuse Capital’s Keyur Patel (USA); Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific’s Vikram Channa (Singapore); and filmmakers Chris Paine (USA); Heidi Specogna (Germany); Tom Zubrycki (Australia) and Naked Flame’s John Caldon and Fiona Gilroy (also Australia).
From the local production community, in addition to those already mentioned, Cloud South’s Sumner Burstyn (This Way of Life) joint winner of last year’s Outstanding Contribution award at the Doc Edge bash; Suzy Cato, Treehut Productions; Luke Nola (Let’s Get Inventin’); Ian Taylor, ARL/Taylormade Media; producer Lyn Collie (There Once Was An Island); Vincent Burke, founder of Top Shelf Productions and the soon-coming new Freeview channel; and filmmaker and, recently, acting head of Script to Screen, Matthew Horrocks.
Funders and other industry bodies are represented, with development executive Chris Payne and CEO Graeme Mason from the NZFC; CEO Jane Wrightson from NZ On Air; SDGNZ chair Peter Bell; and former Doc Edge staff member Alanagh Stone.
Maori Television’s Annie Murray is, thus far at least, the only broadcaster participating in panel discussions. More broadcasters will take part in DocPitch, for which TVNZ’s Jude Callen and MediaWorks’ Sue Woodfield have been longtime judging panel members.
The Screen Edge Forum runs 2 – 4 May at AUT. The best of the earlybird deals expires on Sunday, 1 April, with a smaller saving on admission available until the 15 April.