Posted Tuesday 12 Apr 2016

Be Here Now - the Andy Whitfield Story opens the 11th Documentary Edge International Film Festival (Doc Edge), on Wednesday 4th May in Wellington and Wednesday 18th May in Auckland. A powerful and intimate love story, the documentary follows the fight of Spartacus star Andy Whitfield and his charismatic wife Vashti against his cancer diagnosis.

Doc Edge brings 37 feature length films and 15 shorts to Wellington (4th-15th May) and Auckland (18th - 29th May).??Be Here Now marks the international premiere by Academy Award� Nominee, filmmaker Lilibet Foster. The film has received critical and popular praise, winning the Audience Award for the Best Documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival 2015. Both Lilibet Foster and Vashti Whitfield will be at screenings in Wellington and Auckland. Watch the trailer.

Major highlights of the Festival include the World Premiere of A Billion Lives, the expos� of corruption behind the rise of vaporisers - the alternative to cigarettes; Among The Believers, an intimate and frightening look into the microcosm of terrorism in Pakistan and a first-class collection of Short Documentaries featuring the 2016 Best Documentary Academy Award� winner; A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, alongside the other Academy Award� finalists.? ?New Zealand filmmakers are represented in several documentaries including The Sound of Her Guitar, which features country singer Donna Dean as she tours through the southern States of the U.S., andMonterey, which takes audiences behind the scenes of an Auckland Caf� to discover the highs and lows of a small NZ hospitality business.

For the full programme and the latest news regarding the 2016 season, visit the brand new website

KEY DATES: 4-15 May 2016 - Doc Edge Festival: Wellington - The Roxy, Miramar

18-29 May 2016 - Doc Edge Festival: Auckland - Q Theatre, Auckland CBD

3 May 2016 Screen Edge Forum: Wellington - Park Road Post, Miramar

18 May 2016 Screen Edge Forum: Auckland - AUT, Auckland CBD


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Do you have a Commonwealth story to tell?

Posted Tuesday 12 Apr 2016

Film Production Companies in the Pacific Region are being asked to put forward proposals for "Commonwealth Shorts".  And that means you!

'Commonwealth Shorts' gives emerging writers and directors an opportunity to make a film that highlights issues affecting them and their communities. The first round of films was produced in 2013 by filmmakers from the Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Kenya and New Zealand. The films explored issues of migration, indigenous rights and same-sex relationships through both drama and documentary. ?

Commonwealth Writers is looking to collaborate with a film production company to manage and deliver this project. The company should be based in the Pacific region and have experience of working at the grass roots level with new writers, directors and producers interested in local stories reaching a wider audience.

The project will run from June 2016 to June 2017, during which time the appointed company will work closely with the selected writers/directors/producers to develop and produce six short films from conceptualisation, to script writing, producing and directing (each 15 minutes max). These could be drama or documentary, depending on the original idea.

The objective of the assignment is for a production company to work with participants, initially on two islands: Tonga and Papua New Guinea.

Applications are to be submitted electronically to Bhavit Mehta

( ) by 1200 BST on Monday 25th April 2016. If you have any further questions about the project please contact Bhavit Mehta.