Doc Edge Forum is an annual industry event that brings together local and international screen industry. It offers seminars, panels, masterclasses and networking opportunities.

The 2022 Doc Edge Forum will be a hybrid programme of live and online events to accompany Doc Edge, International Documentary Festival 2022. It will be held in Auckland on

18-19 June at Media Design School (Wynyard Quarter, Auckland)
22 June at EMA Conference Centre (Grafton)

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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.

Leanne Saunders, Head of Development and Production at NZ Film Commission, Alex West, Head of Documentary at Screen Australia, Cameron Harland, Chief Executive and Amie Mills, Head of Funding at NZ On Air, 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 InnovationGabo 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 Sayedwith her project Minimum Mass which featured at the 2020 Venice Biennale.


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 full programme will be announced soon here:



Media Design School
10 Madden Street,
Wynyard Quarter

Doc Edge Speakers
Speakers across Doc Edge