Doc Edge Festival 2024

The 19th Edition will be held from 19 June to 31 July with Ōtautahi Christchurch as the hub for all things documentary, followed by Auckland, Wellington and Virtual Cinema nationwide. 

Doc Edge is excited to bring to Aoteraoa New Zealand, the 19th edition of Doc Edge Festival 2024

As an Academy Awards® qualifying international documentary festival, Doc Edge is poised to become a major cultural event in the Asia Pacific region, positioning Ōtautahi Christchurch as the epicentre for all things documentary.  This is an exciting, bold, and strategic move, the festival solidifies its global reputation as a crucial destination for films to debut their world and international premieres.

Key Dates & Venues

Christchurch  |  19 – 30 June  |  In Cinema

The festival will be held across HOYTS, Lumiere Cinemas, Alice Cinemas, Christchurch Art Gallery, the Town Hall, Tūranga (Central Library), and other locations turning the Garden City into a “Life Unscripted” documentary destination with screenings, an awards ceremony, immersive exhibition, schools programme, live events, industry forum, pitching competition, film market and networking opportunities.

Auckland & Wellington  3 – 14 July  |  In Cinema

As we have done so every year, we will continue to bring the Festival to our faithful audience in Auckland and Wellington.  The difference is that both cities will have simultaneous screenings and immersive experiences in Wellington’s The Roxy Cinema and Te Auaha Gallery, as well as in Auckland’s The Capitol Cinema and Auckland Central Library.

Nationwide  15 – 31 July  |  Virtual Online

And of course, for those unable to attend in person, the festival will offer an online Virtual Cinema experience.  We do not want you to miss out!

First premiere films unveiled

Known for its bold and diverse curation, Doc Edge brings together a compelling selection of films and immersive projects that delve into themes such as social justice, environmental challenges, human rights, and the arts.  Here are the first films unveiled that will premiere at the festival.

The full 2024 festival programme will launch on 9 May with tickets available for purchase.

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Stephane Carrel, France
Asia Pacific Premiere

Famous dancer Steven McRae’s struggle at the pinnacle of his career to return to the stage after suffering a severe injury which could put an end to his position within the Royal Ballet of London.


Subina Shrestha, Nepal
International Premiere

Nepal’s Civil War ended in 2006, but not for Devi; rebel warrior, mother and sexual violence survivor. As those in power try to erase rape from war history, Devi has to battle her own demons before she can begin to build a movement to fight for justice.


Marcelle Lunam, NZ & Australia
International Premiere

Kiwi director Lunam follows five young Cubans; a skater, tattoo artist, actor, ballerina and an electronica DJ over ten days in Havana. What is it that they want in their Cuba and in their futures?


Petr Lom, Netherlands
Asia Pacific Premiere

The Whanganui River, the first river ever to be recognised as a legal person, sparked a global ‘rights of nature’ movement. Māori river guardian Ned Tapa takes his friends from around the world on a canoe trip, down this iconic river.


Tal Barda, Canada & France
International Premiere

A Canadian-Palestinian doctor’s mission of tolerance and forgiveness is put to the ultimate test when he loses his three daughters. Meet a Nobel-nominated bestselling author from Gaza whose greatest adversary is hate itself.


Nathaniel C. T. Jackson, James Blannin-Ferguson, NZ & AUS
World Premiere

Kiwi director Jackson Australian director Blannin-Ferguson chart the uncompromising determination of Australian Lisa Blair, who became the first woman in history to sail solo around Antarctica.


Vanessa Hope, Taiwan & USA
NZ Premiere

With unprecedented access to Taiwan’s sitting head of state, director Hope investigates the election and tenure of Tsai Ing-wen, the first female president of Taiwan.


Dir. Lixin Fan
World Premiere

By climbing Mt. Everest as the first blind Asian mountaineer, a visually impaired man wants to prove that even though he can’t see the world, one deserves to be seen as long as one strides through life with strength and courage.


Yasha Levine, Rowan Wernham, NZ & USA | World Premiere

Kiwi director Wernham and American Journalist Levine follow a lead on a water sale between a farmer and a small desert town—and discover a hidden side to California’s healthy snack industry.

Full festival programme launch and tickets on sale starting 9 May

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