A Dragon’s Den for documentary films and TV series

Doc Pitch is a significant opportunity for filmmakers to pitch their documentary proposals to industry experts, to find new partnerships, receive feedback and progress their ideas to funding stage. Doc Pitch is run as part of Screen Edge Forum.


Congratulations to our 2018 Doc Pitch winners. A great day was had by all who attended Doc Pitch 2018 on Friday 25 May at The University of Auckland, Fale Pasifika. The 12th Doc Pitch was held, as part of Screen Edge Forum.

Best Short Pitch: Shot Bro, Jess Feast
Best TV Pitch: High School, Del Byast
Best Feature Pitch: Bombs, Francis Baker

Thanks to our sponsors for their generous support of Doc Pitch:

– New Zealand Film Commission
– Park Road Post
– Getty Images
– The Sound Room
– Soar Print
– Antenna Documentary Film Festival

Doc Edge – committed to supporting and furthering documentary filmmaking

  • Doc Pitch seeks projects with international appeal, challenging/innovative subject matter and treatment/delivery with co-production potential. Projects that push creative boundaries and/or have multi-platform potential are encouraged.

    Applications are welcome for:

      – Feature (over 40’) festival documentary
      – Television documentary series
      – Short (20’- 40’)
      – Short (under 20’)

    Ideally, we are looking for projects that are:

      – Fast-paced storytelling
      – Contemporary, not historical
      – Brilliant storytelling and characters rather than portraits
      – A complete story arc which really pulls you along with payoff at the end
      – Narrative and story led
      – Relevant globally
      – Fresh
      – Diverse characters
      – Led by actuality/action rather than interviews/talking heads, and not entirely observational
      – Purposeful with impact
      – Extra material and a social media and marketing campaign
      – High production value
      – Not niche but with a strong siren call for audience hungry for information and story.

  • Bombs, Francis Baker
    Call Me Babu, Pieter van Huystee
    Caught in the Hinge, Juanita Deely
    Educating Archie, Kylie Cushman
    Foodlines, Rich Humphreys
    High School, Del Byast
    I am P, Anthea Ede Smith
    Right in Hong Kong, Corey Tong, Jean-Luc Bonefacino, Gary Choi
    Shot Bro, Jess Feast
    Steep Street Delights, Sue Marshall
    Te Tautohito i Te Moana – The Old Man of the Sea, Aileen O’SullivanToby Mills
    The Forgotten Atomic Generations, Suliane Favennec
    The Indomitables – Pacific Peacemakers, Brendan Shoebridge
    The Two Shirleys, Geoff Lealand
    Yael & Nagham, Callum Thomas

  • Rachel Antony, CEO, Greenstone TV
    Cass Avery, Executive Producer/ Head of Development, Augusto
    Kylie Boltin, Commissioning Editor Online Documentaries, SBS
    Vincent Burke, CEO, Topshelf Productions
    Jude Callen, GM, Content Creation, TVNZ
    Dale Corlett, Head of Talent Development, New Zealand Film Commission
    Fiona Gilroy, Content Sales & Acquisitions Director, Flame Distribution
    Brian Holland, Head of Development / Producer, Topshelf Productions
    Ken-ichi Imamura, Executive Producer, International Co-Production, NHK Enterprises
    Pieter van Huystee, Producer, Deaf Child, The Long Season
    Rachel Jean, Head of Production and Development, South Pacific Pictures
    Mark Jennings, Co-editor/Founder, Newsroom
    Vicki Keogh, Commissioner Unscripted, TVNZ
    Mareva Leu, Festival Director FIFO Tahiti
    Jill McNabb, General Manager, Vendetta Films
    Annie Murray, Senior Commissioner Local Content, Prime and Sky TV
    Julia Overton, former Investment Manager, Screen Australia
    Leanne Saunders, Head of Production and Development, NZFC
    Gary Scott, Senior Producer, Gibson Group
    Robyn Scott-Vincent, Founder and Advisor, Attitude Pictures
    Alicia Smith, Producer, National Film Board of Canada
    Liz Stevens, Senior Manager, Documentary, Screen Australia
    Glenn Usmar, Head of Funding, NZ On Air
    Simon Werry, Managing Director, Limelight Distribution
    Summer Wharekawa, Content Commissioner, Maori Television Service
    Diane Weyermann, President Documentary Film and Television, Participant Media
    Malinda Wink, Executive Director of Good Pitch² Australia, Director at Shark Island Institute
    Sue Woodfield, Head of Commissioning and External Production, Mediaworks

  • The three category winners (feature, television, short) will share in prizes comprising of:

    – IDFA Package
    – $5,000 in post-production services from Park Road Post
    – Up to $3,500 in cash from Getty Images
    – $500 in printing services from Soar Print
    – Music and Sound Design package from The Sound Room
    – Legal consultation with Alex Lee Lawyers
    – Mentoring session with Doc Edge
    – Antenna Documentary Film Festival pass (Sydney)

    2017 – Jack Nicol | No. 1 Stand
    2016 – J.Ollie Lucks & Julia Parnell | Wilbur Force
    2015 – Robyn Paterson | In Zone
    2014 – David Farrier | Tickled
    2013 – Pietra Brettkelly | A Flickering Truth

    Other successful Doc Pitch projects include:
    The Topp Twins: Untouchable Girls, Hip Hop-eration, Relocating Mountains, Loving in Limbo, The Price of Peace, An Accidental Berliner, Walk with Me, Te Hono Ki Aotearoa: The Waka for Peace, Brother No. 1, Pictures of Susan, There Once was an Island, Lost in Wonderland, Druglawed.

  • FRIDAY, 25 MAY 2018
    Fale Pasifika, University of Auckland

    08.30 – 09.00 am Registration
    09.00 – 10.30 am Pitching Round 1
    10.30 – 11.00 am Break
    11.00 – 12.30 pm Pitching Round 2
    12.30 – 01.30 pm Lunch
    01.30 – 03.00 pm Pitching Round 3
    03.00 – 03.30 pm Break
    03.30 – 03.45 pm Announcing Best Pitch winner
    03.45 – 05.00 pm Date-A-Doco
    05.00 – 07.00 pm Networking Drinks at Q Theatre

    The public may register to attend and view Doc Pitch subject to space being available. Contact us for more information.

  • Submission fees (excluding GST): Regular: $250 | Student: $145      This submission fee includes:
    – Your Doc Pitch project submission
    – 1 x Ticket to Doc Pitch  (25 May in Auckland)
    – 1 x registration to Screen Edge Forum (18 May in Wellington or 25-27 May in Auckland).
    – If selected, 1 x Registration for Doc Clinic #3-6

  • Doc Clinic is wrapped around the Doc Pitch to provide better support. Doc Edge invites all filmmakers who are interested in pitching a project at Doc Pitch or want to learn more about the pitching procedure to register for Doc Clinic.