Who we are Doc Edge - Life Unscripted

A premiere Asia Pacific hub for all things documentary

Doc Edge – Life Unscripted is the home for storytelling that changes your world

Our kaupapa (purpose) is to celebrate, support, and showcase documentary. 

Doc Edge is a not-for-profit charitable trust serving as New Zealand’s national organisation for documentary since 2005. 

Doc Edge Festival  

Doc Edge Festival is New Zealand’s Academy Awards® qualifying international documentary festival, showcasing the best films and immersive projects from New Zealand and around the world. It includes the Awards, Schools Programme, Forum, Pitch & Market (industry events), and Immersive Exhibition. 

Doc Edge Awards celebrate excellence and achievement in documentary filmmaking, with winners of the best New Zealand and international short and feature films receiving an Oscar® consideration as well as cash and in-kind prizes.

Doc Edge Immersive Exhibition showcases digital interactive storytelling projects featuring top international and local virtual/augmented reality instillations. 

Doc Edge Industry  

provides learning and connecting opportunities for media professionals and comprises three main elements: Forum, Pitch, and Market. The Forum fosters networking and career development for storytellers. The Pitch allows filmmakers to present their projects to industry experts, and the Market facilitates connections between New Zealand films and potential buyers.

Doc Edge Schools

is an educational programme connecting students from Year 5 to Tertiary with documentary films, offering free in-person screenings during the festival and a year-round Virtual Classroom platform. It also includes a Student Short Documentary Competition to celebrate and showcase the amazing talents of aspiring young filmmakers.

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