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Doc Edge Festival 2020 Goes Online As An Expression Of Solidarity And Community.
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NEW Festival Dates: 12 June - 5 July 2020

Doc Edge is an Academy Awards® qualifying Festival for feature and short documentaries. Doc Edge is committed to including and selecting the highest quality films that show excellence in storytelling, celebrates diversity and inspires social change. In particular, we are keen to select world and international premieres and give films in their initial festival runs which are possible contenders for Academy Awards® contention.

Based in the Pacific Island Nation of New Zealand, it showcases and celebrates the best local and international documentary films in full festival seasons in Auckland and Wellington.

The Festival includes Film Awards, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, Schools and Seniors programmes, special events and an Exhibition of interactive documentary projects.

Doc Edge Forum, an industry conference, is held during the Festival. The Forum brings together local and overseas filmmakers/industry to share, network and learn from each other. It also includes the annual Doc Edge Pitch, a pitching forum for feature-length, short and TV series documentary projects.

Please visit the website www.docedge.nz for the latest information and sign up for News and Events.

Doc Edge is a competitive festival with various award categories. Films already qualified for consideration for the Academy Awards® short and feature documentary categories are not eligible for Doc Edge Best NZ/International Short/Feature competitions.

New Zealand Awards
• Best Short Film (winner is eligible to submit for Oscar consideration)
• Best Feature Film (winner is eligible to submit for Oscar consideration)
• Best Director
• Best Editing
• Best Cinematography
• Best Emerging Filmmaker - director's debut feature film

International Awards
• Best Short Film (winner is eligible to submit for Oscar consideration)
• Best Feature Film (winner is eligible to submit for Oscar consideration)
• Best Director

Doc Edge Superhero - for outstanding contribution to documentary

An Audience Award will be introduced in 2020 (details TBC)

A. General Festival Rules

1) Eligibility:
All submissions:
• Must be completed from 1 January 2019 onward,
• Must be at minimum New Zealand Premieres with preference is given to World Premieres (see below).
• The submitting party ("the Submitter") must have the authority to submit the film to Doc Edge and the exclusive rights (including all music clearance rights) to screen theatrically the film in New Zealand.

2) Submission Requirements
Documentary films are accepted for selection in the following International and New Zealand categories. Please read the qualification for each category carefully, entering into the incorrect category will result in disqualification. If in doubt, please contact us.

International Documentaries
• Short (40 minutes or less)
• Feature (more than 40 minutes)

New Zealand Documentaries
A film can only qualify as a New Zealand documentary PROVIDED it:
- has a key crew member who is a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and/or
- if more than 50% of its funding is from New Zealand.
Proof of qualification is required with your submission.
• Short (40 minutes or less)
• Feature (more than 40 minutes)

Kids Documentaries
• Any length
• Open to NZ and International submissions
• Films with themes and subjects suitable for and of interest to children aged 10-17
• Selected films may be used for Doc Edge Schools
Submissions that are not suitable will be disqualified.

Maori/Pacific Documentaries
• Any length
• Open to NZ and International submissions
• Films with Maori/Pacific themes and subjects
Submissions that are not suitable will be disqualified.

AR/VR/Interactive Documentaries for Doc Edge Exhibition held during the Festival
• Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality/ Interactive projects
• Virtual Reality projects must be delivered on Oculus Go
• Interactive projects must be delivered on either Windows or Mac laptops
Submissions that are not suitable will be disqualified.

Premiere Policy
All qualifying films MUST BE minimum New Zealand Premieres (i.e. cannot have been screened publicly in New Zealand at other festivals, theatrically, on broadcast, available on VOD/online, and/or any other public platform).
Preference given to premieres in the following order:
• World
• International
• Asia-Pacific
• Australasia

Deadlines and Fees
Early Bird: 15 Sept 2019 Feature $40 | Short: $25
Regular: 15 Dec 2019 Feature $50 | Short: $35
Late: 15 Jan 2020 Feature $60 | Short: $45

NZ Films: 15 Jan 2020 Feature $30 | Short: $20

Kids/Family: 15 Jan 2019 Fee: $20
Maori/Pacific: 15 Jan 2019 Flat Fee: $20
AR/VR/Interactive: 15 Jan 2020 Fee: $20

• All submissions must include a secure working online screener link.
• All non-English films must have English subtitles. Dubbing is not acceptable.
• Incomplete entries will not be accepted. Works In Progress may be accepted with prior consent from the Festival organisers.
• Doc Edge is under no obligation to provide comments or feedback regarding the submitted film to the applicant or any other representative of the submitted film.
• It is the sole responsibility of the applicant to secure clearance from all copyright holders of materials and music included in the submitted film.
• The Submitter warrants to keep Doc Edge indemnified against all claims for the unauthorised inclusion of copyrighted materials or music within or relating to the submitted films.
• Doc Edge reserves the right to disqualify any film with unauthorized copyrighted materials or music.
• Submitters will be notified of programming decisions by 31 March 2020. Doc Edge's decision is final.

3) Selected Films
Screener Link
It is your responsibility to ensure that Doc Edge is supplied with a valid password until the end of the festival.

Screening Fees
The Submitter acknowledges that:
• Doc Edge is a not-for-profit charitable organization and does not pay screening fees

Doc Edge may at its discretion schedule:
• up to three ordinary festival screenings in Auckland and Wellington
• encore/best of screenings in Auckland and Wellington
• screenings as part of Doc Edge Schools and Doc Edge Goldies
• encore/best of screenings in regional centres

Doc Edge may agree with the filmmakers to include films on the Doc Edge VOD platform after the main festival screenings in Auckland and Wellington

Exhibition Format
The Submitter will provide Doc Edge with the following required formats:
• ProRes
• Blu-ray
Complete details will be provided upon selection to the Submitter.

Required Materials
Upon selection, all required information about the film must be provided to Doc Edge.
• At least 3 film stills (jpeg, high resolution, at least 300dpi or 2Mb each)
• Separate electronic press kit (EPK) if available
• One high quality (1080) video file of the trailer (up to 3 minutes)
• One high quality (1080) 15-30s promo video to be used on social media

Shipping & Insurance
• Shipping instructions will be sent to the film supplier once the film has been selected.
• Doc Edge will cover one-way shipping (inbound or outbound) unless agreed otherwise.
• Only hard drives of selected films will be returned.
• If the film is being shown at another festival/venue immediately following Doc Edge, the other festival/venue will be responsible for the costs of shipping from Doc Edge.
• Customs declarations must be properly marked as follows: "For Festival Purposes Only. No Commercial Value."
• The dollar value should not exceed $100 (NZD).
• The shipper will be responsible for any duties payable as a result of an incorrect customs declaration.
• Doc Edge is only responsible for serious loss or damage caused to the Exhibition Print through the fault of Doc Edge. It is not responsible for any loss or damage through force majeure, natural elements, theft and loss caused while in transit or when the Exhibition Print is under the control of a third party.
• In the event of loss or serious damage, Doc Edge's obligation is limited to compensating the producer or distributor for the cost of making a new print from another master.

Physical Shipping address (for couriers only):
Doc Edge Festival 2020
ATTN: John Lau
Suite 2-3, 72 Dominion Road
Mount Eden, Auckland 1024, New Zealand
Tel: +64 9 3600329

Film Withdrawal Policy
Once the film's selection has been confirmed in writing by Doc Edge:
• The film cannot be withdrawn.
• The film's sales agent/s and/or distributor/s must be notified of this policy and comply with this policy.
• If the film is not made available to the Festival after confirmation, the Submitter will be responsible for any resulting losses.

Changes to Film Status
Doc Edge must be given prior notice in writing of any changes that may affect the selection or legality of any such screenings of the film. Failure to do so may result in the film being withdrawn at Doc Edge's discretion.

Upon selection, Doc Edge is authorized to use the publicity materials related to the film (i.e. press kits, posters, trailer, stills, etc.) for promotional purposes and to broadcast or screen clips up to a maximum of three minutes.

B. Agreement
I, the Submitter, have the sole and exclusive ownership of all rights related to the submitted production and/or have the full authority to submit the production to Doc Edge and bind all other third parties with an interest in the film (director, producer, sales agent or film distributor) to this Agreement.

I also confirm that all rights and clearances have been obtained and we will indemnify Doc Edge should any dispute arise as a result of the public screening of the film by Doc Edge pursuant to these rules and regulations.

I undertake that the information provided in this Entry is complete and correct. By submitting the film, I understand, accept and agree to comply with this Agreement.

Overall Rating
  • ShuRun Yap

    Doc Edge hosted us and our short documentary "Humans" at the 2019 festival, which ended up winning Best NZ Short! It's incredible to be part of this iconic film festival that has such a huge presence in Auckland and Wellington, and Dan and Alex are genuinely wonderful people who love documentary film and want to see documentary filmmakers succeed. This festival hosted forum is inspiring and great for emerging filmmakers to network and learn from other filmmakers. I highly recommend submitting to Doc Edge, the team are amazing to deal with, the festival itself is a defining event of the Aotearoa film-scape, and the line-up is incredible year after year!

    July 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the review ShuRun. It is filmmakers like yourself who makes our work so worthwhile. Keep making films and touching audiences. Aroha.

  • Outstanding documentary festival with an ever impressive selection of films and incredibly hospitable to filmmakers. Through the hard work of Doc Edge staff it keeps getting better every year!

    June 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Richard. We love your work and can't get enough of it.

  • John Davies

    DocEdge is a vitally important festival to New Zealand. It offers depth of range that other festivals can not in terms of documentary viewing. They have work to do as they grow on making sure communications work well, but it's a great festival to be part of. Well done!

    June 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kind words and support John.

  • J Yi

    Thank you so much, DOC Edge and staff. Well done! See you next year.

    June 2018
  • Melita Farley

    Everyone involved with Doc Edge NZ is fanatical about documentary, film, and the industry. Right from the enthusiasm of the volunteers, all the way to the directors and managers. Every year the festival grows and defines itself further. Doc Edge has become a unique, very popular, and powerful voice to champion New Zealand made, and international world class, documentary. Being able to socialise with dozens of, often renowned but always interesting, fellow filmmakers from around the globe in the comfort of 'home' is priceless - or at least definitely worth the submission fee!

    I first attended Doc Edge as an audience member back in 2007. The line up of films was impressive and the organisation and attention to detail equally so. I made a promise to myself that one day I'd submit a film to the festival, and indeed I was encouraged to do so at the time by one of the directors who I happened to bump into on a stairwell between film screenings.

    6 years later the festival accepted my first submission, Set In Stone, and it was a humbling and exciting experience from that first phone call, through to the final screening in Auckland. The care and value that the organisers and volunteers gave each film was lovely to witness and be part of. Set In Stone went on to win an award and nomination, but believe me I would have written exactly the same review even if it didn't.

    Beyond just amazing films, the festival offers so much for those able to attend either Auckland or Wellington, or both, especially if you have a featured film. Directors receive free passes to almost everything - screenings, parties, events, forums, industry talks. Both in Auckland and Wellington. They even added the finishing flare of personal chauffeur transfers between the venue and airport - plus red carpet events and great national press coverage.

    If you are passionate about documentary film, and by that I mean traditional or the very latest approaches, but always in the cinematic form and style, with interesting content that does not condescend to an audience, but intrigues and stimulates it. If you appreciate storytelling in long form documentary, and you want to meet others just like you, then absolutely submit and attend Doc Edge in New Zealand!

    August 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much for the review and support Melita. We'd love to see more local stories like 'Set in Stone' screen at the festival.