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Doc Edge Audible Pitch Programme Presents Opportunity

The Doc Edge Audible Pitch Programme Opportunity for Audio Documentary Makers

Doc Edge, in partnership with Audible is excited to announce the Doc Edge Audible Pitch Programme, an innovative programme to foster and develop original narrative audio documentaries and local talent.

Doc Edge and Audible are now welcoming submissions for ideas with global appeal, that can sustain an entertaining narrative-based audio production of 3-6 hours, along with a clear rationale for why audio is the best format for the content.

This is a ground-breaking partnership, the first of its kind in New Zealand, to enhance opportunities for local documentary makers as well as to develop a slate of fine audio documentaries.

Doc Edge Director Alex Lee says, “Doc Edge is excited to partner with Audible given its leadership in spoken word entertainment. We are constantly on the look-out to innovate and enhance opportunities for documentary makers. Documentary covers a wide range of formats, and coming back to audio documentaries takes us to the very essence and origins of storytelling.”

Ben Naparstek, Audible’s Director of Original Content for Australia and New Zealand says, “Audible prides itself on leading audio storytelling. We’re excited about the opportunity to work with Doc Edge and local New Zealand documentary content makers to reach new audiences and access untold stories through the audio format.”

Doc Edge’s industry programmes include Doc Edge Forum (including Doc Edge Pitch) and work in digital storytelling. It also upskills, promotes and advocates documentary as a vital sector in the arts and screen ecology.

The call for submissions will open from 6 May to 21 May 2019, to makers with a documentary producing or directing screen or audio credit. A special call-out will be made to Asian and female practitioners.

8-10 candidates will be shortlisted, who must register to attend Doc Edge Forum 2019 to be eligible to be considered for the Programme. Audible will attend Doc Edge Forum 2019(31 May – 1 June) to interview shortlisted candidates and select successful project/s for development funding.

Doc Edge also runs the Oscar® qualifying Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival 2019 which screens in Auckland from 30 May to 9 June and in Wellington from 13 to 23 June.
For information or to submit your application, visit

For all enquiries regarding the Doc Edge Audible Pitch Programme, contact: Alex Lee, Doc Edge Director,

About Audible is dedicated to serving our Australian and New Zealand customers with audiobooks sold by Audible Australia Pty Ltd. Audible, the world’s leading provider and producer of spoken word entertainment, invented and commercialised the first digital audio player in 1997, and has since been at the forefront of the explosively growing audiobook download segment. In 2018, customers downloaded an average of 17 audiobooks during the year. content includes more than 300,000 audio titles from leading publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers.

About Doc Edge
Doc Edge is run by Documentary NZ Trust, NZ’s national documentary organisation. Established in 2004 as a not-forprofit body, it advocates for documentary filmmaking and runs Doc Edge International Film Festival, Doc Edge Forum & Pitch, Doc Edge Clinics, Doc Edge Schools, Doc Edge On-Demand. It works to increase opportunities and international collaborations through new initiatives to increase funding and support for documentary makers. Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival is an Academy Award ® film festival and the winners of the best international local awards are considered for consideration at the Oscars.


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