Stan documentary wins big at annual awards event

By Regan Paranihi

The documentary Stan has won an array of awards at the 13th Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival awards.

The documentary follows Māori musician Stan Walker through his discovery of cancer and the removal of his stomach.

Produced by Ruckus Media and directed by Mitchell Hawkes, it secured the award for Best New Zealand Feature Documentary, Best NZ Editing and Best New Zealand Cinematography. Hawkes also won Best New Zealand Director for Stan

Kiwi director Zihan Chang also 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.

A full list of the winners are below:

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