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Doc Edge Festival 2020

The 2020 Doc Edge Festival is going digital!

To connect kiwi communities and give audiences a chance to experience a multi-faceted expression of life outside the bubble, Doc Edge is moving the full 2020 festival and industry event programme online, translating the physical festival to an innovative digital environment this June.

“While we might be physically distant right now, we are not socially distant, and we are reaching out with this new festival format to create a much-needed sense of community”, says Alex Lee, Doc Edge Director. 

A record number of films were submitted this year and Doc Edge wishes to honour the filmmakers for all the effort, time and love they and their film crews have poured into each and every one of those titles.

The Doc Edge Schools programme will be a welcome addition to teachers around the country with free screenings for students. Schools sessions will be supported by educational packs and will also include interactive talks with filmmakers and experts.

The festival, traditionally presented in Auckland and Wellington, will now be available to everyone in Aotearoa. Doc Edge intends to reimagine the collective experience of the Festival by creating digital spaces for interaction and conversation, including the popular Q&A sessions with filmmakers. More than simply a library of online content, Doc Edge will bring the in-cinema festival experience into the home. 

More details and festival programme to be announced in the coming weeks.

The festival will be available nationwide so everyone will be able to attend the screenings and other events from wherever they are, even in their pj's if they wish!  Doc Edge will be rolling out updates between now and Opening Night, but here's what we can tell you right now. 

What's happening? 

How long have you got? We're choosing the best platform to deliver our festival... We're demanding, and our wish-list is long. Some of what we're trying to do hasn't been done online before... We're talking with partners about how we can support one another through all that's changing... We're also confirming film selections, and inviting filmmakers to attend the Festival – virtually. 
Yes, there will be live Q+A sessions following screenings, and some other little extras we haven't offered before. So, in short, a lot is happening. And there'll be lots to share with you between now and Opening Night. 

When is the Festival? 
We haven't announced the exact dates for the Festival, but they will fall within the dates for Auckland and Wellington we'd already announced (28 May – 21 June). 

Is it On Time or On Demand? 
Films will screen to a schedule, just like they do usually. We may offer some of the films on demand later in the year, but no films will screen on demand during the festival period. 

Where's the programme? 
Like the Festival, it will be online this year. 

Will you present awards this year? 
You betcha. You'll have to bring your own champagne, but we will present awards. If you're a winner, you'll still get an actual trophy. 
If you're watching, we'll be running a Best Dressed competition through our social media channels, with a special prize for the winners! 

What happens now? 
We'll be making lots of announcements, of films, how to get tickets, where the programme is, who's coming along to Q+A sessions, and so on. 

Keep up to date with DOC Edge announcements by signing up to their newsletter (subscribe at the bottom of their website) and following their social media channels. 

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Last updated: 20 May 2020

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