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Stan Walker Film Sweeps Awards

Stan Walker Film Sweeps Awards at the 2018 Doc Edge Festival!


Ruckus Media and Kiwi Director Mitchell Hawkes, won big at the 13th annual Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival awards this evening at Q Theatre for the moving and intimate feature film Stan and short documentary Born This Way: Awa’s Story.

Ruckus Media picked up Best NZ Feature Documentary, Best NZ Editing and Best NZ Cinematography for Stan and Best NZ Short Documentary for Born This Way: Awa’s Story. Director Hawkes won Best NZ Director for Stan.

Kiwi director Zihan Chang earned the Best NZ Emerging Filmmaker for her film Searching for the Bone People which also received a special mention in the category of NZ Competition – Short Documentary.

On the international front, Talal Derki and his disturbing yet compelling film Of Fathers and Sons won the Best International Feature Documentary. The judges made special mention of the danger that the Derki placed himself in by making this film, noting that the result is an exceptional film that balances both the subtlety and brutality of the theatre of war.

Best International Director was awarded to Hao Wu for People's Republic of Desire. Wu’s ability to present insight into the pursuit of fame in China through the eyes of three protagonists was exceptional. The judges were also impressed by the use of post-production to create a deeper viewer experience of the virtual world and 21st century China.

After a successful season in Wellington, it is now Auckland’s turn to get involved in the incredible programme of 74 films from NZ and all over the world in this year’s Doc Edge Festival.

Full list of Winners Doc Edge Awards 2017:
New Zealand Competition– Feature Documentary
Best New Zealand Feature Documentary – Stan
Best New Zealand Director – Mitchell Hawkes, Stan
Best New Zealand Editing - Stan
Best New Zealand Cinematography – Stan

New Zealand Competition – Short Documentary
Best New Zealand Short Documentary: Born This Way: Awa’s Story
Special Mention: Searching for the Bone People

International Competition – Feature Documentary
Best International Feature Documentary: Of Fathers and Sons
Best International Director: Hao Wu, People's Republic of Desire

International Competition – Short Documentary
Best International Short Documentary: Edith + Eddie
Special Mention: Kayayo, The Living Shopping Baskets

Best New Zealand Emerging Filmmaker: Zihan Chang, Searching for the Bone People

Doc Edge Superhero: Diane Weyermann, Participant Media, USA

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