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New Zealand’s best kept secret to attend the Doc Edge Forum in June

Doc Edge Forum 2022
Maya Daisy Hawke
Gabo Arora
Dame Gaylene Preston
Magnus Gertten
Raqi Syed
Rob Vickery
Ian LeWinter
The 16th Doc Edge Forum will be a hybrid programme of live and online events to accompany Doc Edge, International Documentary Festival 2022


The Documentary New Zealand Trust is proud to announce early confirmations of its hybrid Forum programme of live and online events to accompany Doc Edge, International Documentary Festival 2022.

Doc Edge Superhero and celebrated Kiwi filmmaker, Dame Gaylene Preston, will deliver a masterclass on Image to Imagination illustrating a lifetime of integrating archival footage into feature films. Preston produced and directed some of the most enduring popular classics of New Zealand cinema. Her generosity of spirit, powerful mentorship and advocacy skills are central to the development of New Zealand’s filmmaking community.

Maya Daisy Hawke is New Zealand’s best kept secret. Her resume includes editing Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams and this year’s Sundance Film Festival Audience Award winner Navalny. She is an advisor to various Sundance labs including Edit and Story. Hawke is a 2021/22 Sundance Art of Practice Fellow. She will run a masterclass, Proof of Self, a guide on how to be yourself in the cutting room - an illustrated report from the lived experience of being an editor.

David Strong and Cameron Harland, the chief executives of the New Zealand Film Commission and NZ on Air respectively, will deliver keynote addresses.

Four of the world’s leading minds in innovation and funding are coming together for a session on Alternative Funding and Innovation. Gabo Arora, an internationally acclaimed multi-award winning immersive artist, professor and entrepreneur working across the most innovative emerging technologies; Rob Vickery, an Edmund Hillary Fellow, prolific venture capitalist and innovator; Ian LeWinter, President of Ingredient X, the film & software development studio specialising in blockchain DeFi and NFT technologies including  co-founder of which uses decentralised architecture of blockchain to democratise filmmaking and the filmmaking industry’s first DAO; and Faisal Zahid, an IT engineer and impact entrepreneur in emerging technologies, will discuss how NFTs, blockchain and innovative thinking are impacting the screen sector.

A panel on Archival Storytelling, presented by Getty Images, will feature Swedish director Magnus Gertten and his runaway successful film Nelly & Nadine which is featured at Doc Edge Festival.

The New Zealand Film Commission will present an Oscars Shorts Panel.

The Forum will feature the Doc Edge XR Exhibition with 24 of New Zealand and the world’s best VR/AR and immersive storytelling projects together with talks by leading practitioners in this area, including acclaimed Kiwi practitioner Raqi Sayed with her project Minimum Mass which featured at the 2020 Venice Biennale.

Seven local projects and 13 projects from around the world have been selected to participate in this year’s Doc Edge Pitch. The 20 finalists will pitch their films before a panel of New Zealand and international decision-makers on 8 and 9 June.

The Documentary New Zealand Trust will honour the late Vincent Burke as the 2022 Doc Edge Superhero for his outstanding contribution to documentary. The Doc Edge Awards will be held in Auckland on 22 June at The Civic.

The 16th Doc Edge Forum will be held in Auckland on 18 & 19 June at Media Design School and on 22 June at EMA Conference Centre. Registrations are now open.

The Forum's full programme will be announced soon here.


Doc Edge Forum
18 – 19 June at Media Design School (Auckland CBD)
22 June at EMA Conference Centre (Auckland, Grafton)

Early-bird Tickets
16 – 22 May

Doc Edge XR Exhibition
18 – 19 June at Media Design School (Auckland)
23 – 26 June at The Civic (Auckland)
20 June - 3 July at Te Auaha Gallery (Wellington)

Doc Edge Pitch
8 – 9 June at EMA Conference Centre (Auckland, Grafton)

Doc Edge Awards
22 June at The Civic (Auckland CBD)

Doc Edge Festival
1 June – 10 July in Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and virtually nationwide

Further information: 

For media enquiries contact:
Belle Chalisa | Doc Edge Industry Engagement Coordinator
+64 9 360 0329

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Doc Edge

16 May 2022

The Documentary New Zealand Trust (Doc Edge) is a not-for-profit charitable organisation based in Auckland which was founded in 2004. Doc Edge is the home for storytelling that changes your world.