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.


 Congratulations to the 16 projects selected to Doc Pitch 2018!
The 12th Doc Pitch will be held on Friday, 25 May 2018 at the University of Auckland, as part of Screen Edge Forum. You can attend the event by registering for the Auckland Forum HERE.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rupert Abraham, Production Executive, Vendetta Films
    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
    Hollie Fifer, Director,  Steering Committee – The Good Pitch Pasifika
    Fiona Gilroy, Content Sales & Acquisitions Director, Flame Distribution
    Brian Holland, Head of Development / Producer, Topshelf Productions
    Pieter van Huystee, Producer, Deaf Child, The Long Season
    Rachel Jean, Head of Production and Development, South Pacific Pictures
    Jill McNabb, General Manager, Vendetta Films
    Annie Murray, Senior Commissioner Local Content, Prime and Sky TV
    Leanne Saunders, Head of Production and Development, NZFC
    Gary Scott, Senior Producer, Gibson Group
    Robyn Scott-Vincent, Founder and Advisor, Attitude Pictures
    Glenn Usmar, Head of Funding, NZ On Air
    Simon Werry, Managing Director, Limelight Distribution
    Summer Whakerewa, Content Commissioner, Maori Television Service
    Malinda Wink, Executive Director of Good Pitch² Australia, Director at Shark Island Institute
    Sue Woodfield, Head of Commissioning and External Production, Mediaworks

  • Bombs, Francis Baker
    Hyde and Seek, Juanita Deely
    I am P, Anthea Ede Smith
    In Love With Shirley Temple, Geoff Lealand
    Last Child Bride in the Pacific, Erin Johnson
    Right in Honk Kong, Corey Tong
    Right of Passage, Shivani Karan
    Shot Bro, Jess Feast
    Speedway, Morgan Stewart
    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 Pacific Peacemakers, Brendan Shoebridge
    The Revolution will not take place in Classroom, Kylie Cushman
    Yael & Nagham, Callum Thomas

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

    – $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

    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.