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Covid-19 sees Doc Edge film festival transfer to online

For the first time in 15 years, thanks to a new partnership with Chorus, the critically acclaimed Doc Edge film festival will now screen online.

From June 12th to July 5th, Kiwis across New Zealand will be able to access the festival’s programme of 57 feature films and 26 short films, as well as award-winning documentaries, Q&A sessions with filmmakers, an exhibition with interactive digital projects and free screenings for schools.

Due to the physical and economic implications of Covid-19 and a possible end to the event, online screening has been a great result. To further encourage participation and assist with financially difficult times, Chorus is making over 8,000 tickets half price as well as making it possible for all 26 short films to be free.

Typically held in Auckland and Wellington and attracting audiences of more than 21,000, Doc Edge has forged ahead to transform the physical festival experience into an online showcase, in a progressive pivot.

“We are delighted to partner with Chorus to deliver New Zealand’s first online film festival to audiences nationwide. In a time of social isolation, we must bring the community together and what better way to do this than with film,” says festival director Dan Shanan.

“Doc Edge’s innovation to continue by replicating the full festival experience digitally and showing films online resonated with Chorus. It points to new possibilities for entertainment and shows how lucky New Zealand is to be able to hold more and more events like this in the future because of the investment made in ultra-fast broadband.”

Chorus chief customer officer, Ed Hyde, says being able to lend the organisation’s support to the festival has been great.

“New Zealanders love the internet and with our fibre broadband network enabling Kiwis to develop new ideas and opportunities, Chorus has a vital role to play in New Zealand’s economic development.

“Filmmakers are a valuable part of NZ Inc and the festival is a way to show our support, considering how much of the filmmaking process is now carried out digitally and is reliant on great connectivity for the high levels of data involved.”

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