Doc Edge launches campaign to secure future funding ahead of 20th anniversary of New Zealand’s Academy Award® qualifying, international documentary film festival. 

 Selected as part of The Funding Network NZ’s Generosity Generator Programme, Doc Edge has today launched a 12 day Give A Little campaign to procure funding as they plan for the future of documentary film in Aotearoa New Zealand.
 Founded in 2005, The Documentary NZ Trust (Doc Edge) has used the power of documentary to inspire positive change by spreading awareness, encouraging discussion, fostering inclusion.

That belief in the power of documentary has seen Doc Edge give a home and a voice to documentaries, filmmakers and issues that otherwise may not have ever been seen, heard, or raised.  

  • The Unredacted (D: Meg Smaker) an inside look at a rehabilitation centre for “terrorists” 
  • All Static and Noise (D: David Novack) about the Uyghur/Kazakh genocide 
  • 20 Days in Mariupol (D: Mstyslav Chernov) directed by a Pulitzer award winning AP Ukrainian journalist trapped within he besieged city 
  • In The Shadow of Beirut (D: Stephen Gerard Kelly, Garry Keane) reality of life in modern day Sabra and Shatila  

Doc Edge has a distinct three-pronged approach to its mahi (work) with documentary in New Zealand.  

Its annual Doc Edge International Film Festival highlights the best of New Zealand and Pasifika stories to the world and brings the best of the world for a series of in-cinema screenings, panel discussions and interviews plus an online programme ensuring accessibility for the entire country.

Doc Edge Schools connects students from Years 5 through 13 with curated films and learning kits to encourage an understanding of the world around them through documentary. It proudly encourages and celebrates the amazing talents of aspiring student filmmakers in the annual Doc Edge Festival competition with their own award category.  

Doc Edge Industry provides support, training, and networking events for the NZ documentary filmmaking community with an annual conference that attracts international experts and guests. (The fact that the Doc Edge Festival Competition is Academy Award® qualifying is certainly a big plus for local filmmakers.) 

 At the very heart of Doc Edge, is the power of storytelling, human connection through film.  

Doc Edge brings you the power of real stories that challenge our perceptions.
 In a world where truth is questioned, we are committed to preserving the vital role of documentary filmmaking. Join us to keep New Zealand's documentary culture thriving." 
- Dan Shanan, Executive Director of Doc Edge 


 So how can YOU help? 

If you are in a position where you can donate, please do.
Head to the Doc Edge Give A Little Page and make a donation through the secure site.   

If you can’t offer financial support, no worries. You can help Doc Edge by telling other people about their kaupapa (mission) and their campaign.
Tell your friends/whānau/neighbours/schools/clubs and encourage them to share it with their networks/communities. 

Keep an eye on Doc Edge socials and share their social media posts when you can. 

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#DocEdge #LifeUnscripted #SupportDocEdge #GenerosityGenerator #Charity #GiveALittle  

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Sarah McMullan 
Tel & WhatsApp: +64 27 254 7930


 2025 will mark 20 years of Doc Edge, let’s make sure Aotearoa New Zealand’s only dedicated documentary organisation will still be here to see it. 

Doc Edge is a registered non-profit charity #CC54892. 
Individuals can claim a tax deduction for all donations over NZ$5.
Corporate giving is also eligible for tax deduction status.