NZ’s Doc Edge Festival announces 2021 hybrid program

The NZ Documentary festival has announced a 2021 program of over 80 films, which will be available to watch both online and in cinemas.

Last year, Screenhub’s David Tiley spoke to the Doc Edge team about their first ever online festival, and the challenges of suddenly shifting to online delivery. Ultimately, co-directors Alex Lee and Dan Shanan considered the festival a success: ‘It opened up something really interesting for us,’ said Lee, ‘with the ability to reach out to industry leaders, to commissioners, to sales agents and filmmakers by utilising the digital platform as an international way to build a community. 

Now in 2021, the documentary festival makes its triumphant return to cinemas after its first ever year online, with its full roster of films announced. Drawing on the lessons of last year, the festival will retain its online presence, running a hybrid program in theatres and its digital platform, with two live festivals in Auckland and Wellington. 

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Jini Maxwell is a writer and curator who lives in Naarm. They are an assistant curator at ACMI, where they also host the Women & Non-binary gamers club. They write about videogames and the people who make them. You can find them on Twitter @astroblob