Apr 15, 2021


Maori News & Indigenous Views


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The Documentary New Zealand Trust applauds both NZ Film Commission and NZ On Air on the two funding initiatives for documentary announced today being the $ 2.5 Million Documentary Fund with NZ On Air and Te Whai Ao For Emerging and Experimental Documentary Makers.

At the session Mind The Gap held at last years 2012 Screen Edge Forum, the industry considered how documentary funding was becoming endangered for one-off documentaries and lamented on the lack of documentary funding for emerging and experimental documentary filmmakers.

The NZ Film Commission and NZ ON Air have taken up the call and given the kiss of life to documentaries. This is exactly what Documentary NZ Trust has been campaigning for all these years says Alex Lee, Director of Documentary NZ Trust.

The Screen Edge Forum 2013 will discuss the funding initiatives announced today by holding a session Plugging The Gap in which both NZ Film Commission and NZ On Air will discuss the guidelines and framework of the two new funds.

Following this, Screen Edge Forum will run its annual DOC Pitch. Aside from the prize package worth $ 150000 already announced, the Documentary NZ Trust is pleased to announce that The James Wallace Arts Trust will provide a $ 2000 cash grant to the winner of the Best Pitch. This makes the Best Pitch Prize package a grand sum of $ 17,000 in value.

Screen Edge Forum presents a great opportunity for filmmakers to learn and receive feedback on their pitches. We are grateful to our prize sponsors in the commitment to help us build up the confidence and quality of the projects in New Zealand adds Dan Shanan, Director of Documentary NZ Trust

Applications for DOC Pitch close at 12 pm, Thursday 28 March 2013.

For more details on DOC Pitch: http://www.documentaryedge.org.nz/pages/10

For more information on the new documentary funding schemes: http://www.nzfilm.co.nz/news/te-whai-ao--for-emerging-and-experimental-documentary-makers and

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