Mind the Gap Session at the Screen Edge Forum, 04 May 2012

'Mind the Gap' was the final session of the recent 3 day Screen Edge Forum event. This panel discussion was focused on how to address the gap in documentary funding and development which is affecting the future of documentary production in New Zealand. (I tweeted this session live as Transmedia NZ).

  1. It's been a long 3 days making sure Screen Edge Forum achieves its goal. Mind the Gap did that #NZSEF2012 http://pic.twitter.com/M1hUknCx
    It's been a long 3 days making sure Screen Edge Forum achieves its goal. Mind the Gap did that #NZSEF2012 pic.twitter.com/M1hUknCxom/M1hUknCx
  2. Dan Shanan @topnotchnz @Docedge says Trust set up to support documentaries, are raising their hands to lead if others join in #nzsef2012
  3. Thanks to everyone for making The Screen Edge forum a terrific event. Mind the Gap was a great session to close with. #nzsef2012
  4. The session has ended with a resolution to form a working party with Doc Edge to work on a trust fund to support NZ documentary. #nzsef2012
  5. Re. Sky: "Waving a stick about a quota did work with the music industry" Jane Wrightson. #nzsef2012
  6. Leanne Pooley: look at how the Arts Foundation works as a model #nzsef2012
  7. Dan Shannan: the Documentary New Zealand Trust was started for the purpose of supporting independent documentary content #nzsef2012
  8. Ben Clipson: no point talking about funding without a place for content. Need a dedicated public channel. #nzsef2012 http://pic.twitter.com/2GTA0RBN
    Ben Clipson: no point talking about funding without a place for content. Need a dedicated public channel. #nzsef2012 pic.twitter.com/2GTA0RBNom/2GTA0RBN
  9. Vincent Burke: a truly independent Documentary Trust could go out and seek new funding sources #nzsef2012
  10. Errol Wright, director of Operation 8: Pathways for funding seem limited. #nzsef2012 http://pic.twitter.com/a5COsxIu
    Errol Wright, director of Operation 8: Pathways for funding seem limited. #nzsef2012 pic.twitter.com/a5COsxIuom/a5COsxIu
  11. Alastair Barry: rather than the 5 films funded by NZFC, what if they'd made 4 & put the $ from the 5th went into a doc fund #nzsef2012
  12. Alastair Barry. Technology is great, but you can't make a doc on nothing. In the past there were funds with small amounts of $ #nzsef2012
  13. Dave Gibson: the gap may be in having people to find the money focused on dist. & financing and new models, not just production #nzsef2012
  14. Dave Gibson - is there a gap in training producers and media producers to seek funding etc? #NZSEF2012
  15. @clarecurranmp is in the house. The Screen Edge Forum thread is happening here #nzsef2012
  16. Sumner Burstyn wants to gather a group to go looking for new money with the mandate to expand the conversation around Doco. #nzsef2012
  17. Clare Curran feels there's support for a Private MP 's bill to save TVNZ 7 #NZSEF2012
  18. Clare Curran: There is support in the house fur her private members bill to support public broadcasting. Don't give up. #nzsef2012
  19. Clare Curran Labour MP responsible for broadcasting. Need to keep the argument about the public broadcaster utmost. #NZSEF2012
  20. Clare Curran: Labour is committed to a public broadcaster. Need to keep this issue on the agenda. 
#nzsef2012 http://pic.twitter.com/bGhfPXDW
    Clare Curran: Labour is committed to a public broadcaster. Need to keep this issue on the agenda. #nzsef2012 pic.twitter.com/bGhfPXDWom/bGhfPXDW
  21. Ella: we need to change how we talk to the sow. 20,000 students are studying screen in NZ for maybe 200 jobs a year #nzsef2012
  22. Ella Henry - need to be more inventive around milking the cow #NZSEF2012
  23. 54 courses, 20,000 people studying media, about 200 jobs. "we need to talk to the sow" #nzsef2012 http://pic.twitter.com/t8S66I0Z
    54 courses, 20,000 people studying media, about 200 jobs. "we need to talk to the sow" #nzsef2012 pic.twitter.com/t8S66I0Zom/t8S66I0Z
  24. Roi McGregor - why are we so meek and mild? Fight for more money #NZSEF2012
  25. We have a plethora of channels looking for content, technology is accessible so why are we struggling?: Haunui Royal #nzsef2012
  26. Yakel 3D filmmaker Rachael Wilson says documentary makers need to explore new ways to fill the gap – like 3net #3D #3DTV #nzsef2012
  27. Jane Wrighrson - we don't mind paying for docos on pay TV if they have a freebies op also . #NZSEF2012
  28. Debate returns to ways to make Sky participate in funding. #nzsef2012
  29. Vincent Burke: If people want to make culturally important doc we need to find separate money, new sources #nzsef2012 http://pic.twitter.com/F9otztVd
    Vincent Burke: If people want to make culturally important doc we need to find separate money, new sources #nzsef2012 pic.twitter.com/F9otztVdom/F9otztVd
  30. Vincent Burke - don't divvy up from the same pool if money but grow it. Look at new lay forms for distribution #NZSEF2012
  31. Rachael Wilson, director of 3D doco Yakel; ask us who we've sold our (self-funded) film to. #new models #nzsef2012 http://pic.twitter.com/I83GGpPi
    Rachael Wilson, director of 3D doco Yakel; ask us who we've sold our (self-funded) film to. #new models #nzsef2012 pic.twitter.com/I83GGpPiom/I83GGpPi
  32. Annie Goldson: young people are going out & making docs. The problem is the attention economy; how do we get the docs out there? #nzsef2012
  33. A few filmmakers have already thanked @maoritv for screening their documentaries @sumnerburstyn called it the last bastion #nzsef2012
  34. Gaylene Preston: in 1981 (Patu) we had better prospects. "It's about doing it, because it's happening to us" #nzsef2012
  35. Leanne Pooley: "there's a major broadcaster not in this room" (why can't Sky make a contribution to doc) #nzsef2012 http://pic.twitter.com/QkRdtxfP
    Leanne Pooley: "there's a major broadcaster not in this room" (why can't Sky make a contribution to doc) #nzsef2012 pic.twitter.com/QkRdtxfPom/QkRdtxfP
  36. Dave Gibson: "we're just discussing where to put more nipples on the same old sow". We need new ideas.  #nzsef2012 http://pic.twitter.com/L1R1sg1y
    Dave Gibson: "we're just discussing where to put more nipples on the same old sow". We need new ideas. #nzsef2012 pic.twitter.com/L1R1sg1yom/L1R1sg1y
  37. Graeme - the Act can be interpreted to support any genre. Gaylene - exactly that's why you have a dedicated doco strand #NZSEF2012
  38. Discussion turns again to the gap left by the scrapping of the Independent Filmmakers Fund. #nzsef2012
  39. Intense debate over the Film Commission Act and its requirements and limitations. #nzsef2012
  40. We need to align, not blame each other, but address a shrinking pool of resourcing - Annie Goldson #nzsef2012
  41. NZFC remit to develop the industry, even tho under arts & culture #nzsef2012
  42. Graeme Mason: NZFC looking at ways to work more with Education Dept. #nzsef2012
  43. Graeme Mason: NZFC has 5 documentaries being released this year. NZFC can't do any more within the current system. #nzsef2012
  44. Graeme Mason: NZFC is not actually a cultural agency under the act which governs its operation. #nzsef2012 http://pic.twitter.com/GrXQumqT
    Graeme Mason: NZFC is not actually a cultural agency under the act which governs its operation. #nzsef2012 pic.twitter.com/GrXQumqTom/GrXQumqT
  45. NZFC-the act states we are not a cultural agency but an industry development organization #NZSEF2012
  46. Jane Wrightson on GC - says she hasn’t seen a programme that has engaged the nation like this for a very long time. #nzsef2012
  47. Documentary as TV 'spinach': "I am what I am and I like spinach". Gaylene Preston. #nzsef2012
  48. Haunui Royal. "There is not enough diversity within representations of Maori on TV in NZ." #nzsef2012
  49. Haunui Royal on GC - at least it’s been talked about - raises questions about identity #nzsef2012 #GC
  50. Sumner Burstyn "If The GC was on MTS there would be a place on that network for public debate" (Native Affairs for example) #nzsef2012
  51. The GC is a platform to get people talking. Haunui Royal #nzsef2012
  52. Haunui Royal (MTS) - Maori language imperative underpinning doco programming to reach older audiences #NZSEF2012
  53. MTS is a Maori Language Organisation that uses broadcasting to fulfill its mandate. Haunui Royal: #nzsef2012
  54. RT @Transmedia_NZ: The gap is for longer form discursive documentary. The Internet might be the place for that content #nzsef2012
  55. Jane Wrightson - gap is for the longer form discourse docos #NZSEF2012
  56. The gap is for longer form discursive documentary. The Internet might be the place for that content #nzsef2012 http://pic.twitter.com/Zqkw2FSc
    The gap is for longer form discursive documentary. The Internet might be the place for that content #nzsef2012 pic.twitter.com/Zqkw2FScom/Zqkw2FSc
  57. NZ On Air don't stress too much about definition re. documentary. #nzsef2012
  58. RT @filmbuffnz: There should be a dedicated documentary trust John Harris #NZSEF2012 pic.twitter.com/HsdKR3oOilmbuffnz/status/198266211635707904/photo/1
  59. Greenstone making 1 documentary now, used to make 6 per year. Audiences aren't watching so broadcasters won't show in primetime #nzsef2012
  60. John Harris (Greenstone Pictures) enjoyed the GC! Says it's a modern form of documentary (with a small d) #nzsef2012
  61. John Harris defends the GC. Documentary with a small D, but audiences learn something new about a group of people. #nzsef2012
  62. There should be a dedicated documentary trust John Harris #NZSEF2012 http://pic.twitter.com/B7hyY7MT
    There should be a dedicated documentary trust John Harris #NZSEF2012 pic.twitter.com/B7hyY7MTom/B7hyY7MT
  63. John Harris: there should be a public trust (like PBS) to support NZ documentaries #nzsef2012 http://pic.twitter.com/2onpCzb0
    John Harris: there should be a public trust (like PBS) to support NZ documentaries #nzsef2012 pic.twitter.com/2onpCzb0om/2onpCzb0
  64. Alastair Barry talking about the gap created by the loss of the CNZ Screen Innovation Fund  #nzsef2012 http://pic.twitter.com/19HkQDGW
    Alastair Barry talking about the gap created by the loss of the CNZ Screen Innovation Fund #nzsef2012 pic.twitter.com/19HkQDGWom/19HkQDGW
  65. We need to find a place where we can umbrella in a dedicated documentary fund - Gaylene Preston #nzsef2012
  66. "The gap is a dedicated documentary fund," Gaylene Preston (not just for film & tv) #nzsef2012
  67. We need to invent our route to the audience. The audiences is always changing. Gaylene Preston #nzsef2012
  68. ‘Documentary can’t just be seen as another commodity, it plays a key part in contemporary culture.’ Annie Goldson #nzsef2012
  69. ‘We need to think about new means of distribution – don’t just preach to ourselves but get our audience back in’ Graeme Mason #nzsef2012
  70. Mind the Gap John Harris, Jane Wrightson, Haunui Royal, Graeme Mason, Gaylene Preston, Dan Shanan, Annie Goldson, Sumner Burstyn #nzsef2012
  71. Mind the gap (renamed Grand Canyon) panel incl Jane Wrightson -NZ On Air, Graeme Mason @NZFilmCommissh , Haunui Royal @maoritv #nzsef2012
  72. The last session at Screen Edge Forum 2012 is going to be a goodie - filling the gap in documentary funding and development #nzsef2012