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A New Zealand made documentary about controversial internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom is being released at a film festival in the United States today.
Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web is premiering at SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.
NZ Film Commission representatives, along with documentary makers Annie Goldson and Alexander Behse, are attending the premiere.
The 108 minute documentary, made for movie theatre audiences, has received more than $1 million in funding from the NZ Film Commission.
Goldson and Behse received funding of $818,288 in 2013-14 and a second payment of $192,340 in 2016-17.
Kim Dotcom has been promoting the film on social media - posting a link to the trailer and appearing positive about its upcoming release.
NZFC head Dave Gibson hasn't responded to 1 NEWS' questions about the editorial narrative or story the film has chosen to tell.
In a statement, Dave Gibson said "Goldson is an uncompromising filmmaker and no stranger to difficult subject matter. Her academic background and long-term commitment to documenting the complex space between the personal and political made her the perfect person to tackle a film about the internet, piracy, ownership and privacy."
Several documentary makers, who didn’t wish to be identified, told 1 NNEWS that Caught in the Web has received a high level of funding.
But they all felt $1m plus was probably warranted given the complexity of the on-going saga.
There was also agreement that the Kim Dotcom story is legitimate subject matter.
Several film and television critics were not prepared to comment until they have viewed the documentary but expressed high praise for Annie Goldson's past work and her directing expertise .
Dotcom has yet to confirm whether he has seen the film.