Who We Are

The Documentary New Zealand Trust (Doc Edge) is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2004.

Doc Edge Vision
To promote documentary, create healthy audience appreciation for documentary and make New Zealand a documentary destination on the world stage.

Doc Edge Mission
To lead and support filmmakers to develop and make compelling documentary films and to inspire the creative, business and wider communities to celebrate local and international documentary stories.

Doc Edge Programmes / Services 
Doc Edge Festival
An Oscar qualifying, Australasia’s premiere international documentary film festival. Held annually in Wellington and Auckland, the Festival showcases the best films from New Zealand and around the world. The Festival includes a Gala Film Awards, Doc Talks, Docs 4 Schools, Q&A sessions, Corporate Hostings and other events.

Screen Edge Forum
A screen industry event that brings together local and international film, TV and other media to explore developments, funding and add value for participants. The Forum includes seminars, panels, masterclasses, networking opportunities and Doc Pitch, a documentary pitching forum for new short and feature festival films and television series.

Story Edge
Story Edge brings together storytellers, designers, creative technologists and producers from across Aotearoa New Zealand to collaborate on transformative, immersive stories told across interactive digital platforms.

Doc Edge Presents
Monthly public screenings of documentaries throughout the year in Auckland and Wellington.

History/ Timeline

  • Dan Shanan and Alex Lee recognise the rise of documentary filmmaking and the success of documentary film festivals in many cities around the world and the need/opportunity to advocate for/support and promote New Zealand’s documentary film industry/ filmmakers and to create a documentary film festival for the community to access the wide variety of documentaries genres.

  • 2004 – the New Zealand documentary Trust is established

    2005 – the inaugural DOCNZ film festival is held.

    2006 – a DOCNZ summit (industry event) is held.

    2010 – the Doc Edge Lab is launched to help develop transmedia documentary projects.

  • DOCNZ rebrands as Documentary Edge, the Documentary Edge Festival and the Documentary Edge Forum (now Screen Edge Forum). Screen Edge Forum and DOC Edge Lab is supported by the NZ Film Commission and NZ On Air.

    The Documentary Edge Campus begins as a resource centre / library to make documentary materials available to the wider community.

  • 2013 – the Documentary Edge Festival moves to Q Theatre in Auckland and audience numbers grow by 25%.

    2014 – the Festival audiences grow by 20%. In Wellington, the Festival is held for the first time at Roxy Cinema, Miramar and audiences grow by 40%.

    2014 – the Story Edge starts with support from the NZ Film Commission for an interactive digital storytelling programme. Story Edge also receives support from NZ On Air in 2015.

    2014 – the Docs for School programme is piloted with schools attending day-time sessions during the Festival.

  • Docs for Schools is launched. Screen Edge Forum is held in Wellington for the first time.

    The Festival’s 10th anniversary is held at Q Theatre and audiences grow by 18%. In Wellington the Festival returns to the Roxy Cinema and audiences grow by 20%.

  • 2016 – Doc Edge selected as an Oscar qualifying Festival, Wellington selected as the launching pad for the events, the first Sandbox is held as part of Story Edge.

    2017 – Pilot In-Schools Docs 4 Schools programme, the first Story Edge World Exhibition held in Auckland.

Annual Returns
The Documentary New Zealand Trust and Screen Edge Ltd. Annual Returns at the Charities Register.