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Directed by members of the Rebel Film Collective: Niva Kay (DEGNZ), Emily McDowell, Nia Phipps and Phil Stebbing, High Tide Don’t Hide follows Kiwi teens as they join the global School Strike for Climate and soon discover that activism, authority and awareness make for a steep learning curve.

Currently participating in our 2021 Emerging Women Filmmakers Incubator, Niva has always been passionate about storytelling, environmental and social justice. She was responsible for the production, directing and shooting of key scenes and characters in Auckland and Thames.

At the recent Doc Edge Awards, Thomas Gleeson won the Best New Zealand Editing Award for his work on the film.

High Tide Don’t Hide will premiere in Auckland on June 11 and in Wellington June 25. Both screenings will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers. It will also be available to rent online between June 26 to July 11 as part of the festival.

Doc Edge Festival has announced three films, which are set to screen as part of the 16th edition. One is High Tide Don’t Hide, directed by members of The Rebel Film Collective: Niva Kay (DEGNZ), Emily McDowell, Nia Phipps and Phil Stebbing.

In High Tide Don’t Hide, driven by the climate crisis, five teenagers in New Zealand join the global student protests. But when challenged by Pasifika students the movement has to confront its racial prejudices to lead one of the biggest strikes in the country’s history.

The 2021 Festival will be an all new fusion event, returning to Auckland and Wellington theatres while playing online across the nation. Doc Edge is continuing its commitment to offering unique experiences by working with New Zealand artists to create a festival village at each venue. Festival-goers will enjoy entertainment including art installations, live performances, and virtual and augmented reality exhibitions.

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Congratulations to the many DEGNZ members who have been selected as finalists for Doc Edge Pitch 2021. DEGNZ members accepted as finalists include, Vanessa Wells with The Climate Canary, Gwen Isaac with Siouxsie & The Virus, Paul Wolffram with Sanguma, Kim Webby with Ratman and the Whales, Tom Burstyn with Iggy in Love and Mark McNeill with Being Chloe. Finals run at the end of April, best of luck to you all. Next, the finalists will participate in pitch preparation workshops to work towards their live and online pitches.

Previous Doc Edge Pitch winners include DEGNZ members Julia Parnell and Jan Oliver Lucks for Wilbur Force (2016) and Robyn Paterson for In Zone (2015).

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