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  

Learning and connecting opportunities for media professionals, Doc Edge Forum is an industry event that brings together local and international film, TV and other media professionals. It offers seminars, panels, masterclasses, and networking opportunities. We host Doc Edge Pitch, a documentary pitching forum for shorts, features and TV series while Doc Edge Clinics deliver a professional development programme for filmmakers. Doc Edge Market is a virtual platform to connect NZ films with buyers, festival programmes, distributors & sales agents.

Doc Edge Schools

An educational programme for students from Year 5 to Tertiary that connects school students with documentaries from NZ and around the world. During the annual Doc Edge Festival, Doc Edge Schools offers in cinema screenings with curated films for students. Beginning 2019, we ran Student Short Documentary Competition to celebrate and showcase the amazing talents of aspiring young filmmakers. Throughout the year, we also offer a curated year-round documentaries for educators to use as supplement to their media related lesson plans via the Virtual Classroom.

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