Celebrate the winners

Awards are a celebration of the vital work of exceptional filmmakers who tell stories from our backyard and around the world.  Doc Edge Festival 2021 Oscar-qualifying awards night was held on Wednesday, 2 June in Auckland.

Jury 2021

Chelsea Winstanley (NZ), Jane Wrightson (NZ), Mitchell Hawkes (NZ), Natasha Gadd (AUS), Nathan Hoturoa Gray (NZ), Shannon Service (USA), Sophie Dowson (NZ), Steve Barr (NZ), Sue Biely (CAN).


Doc Edge Awards 2021

International Competition

Best International Feature
Wuhan Wuhan
Special Mention: Sabaya

Best International Director
Hogir Hirori, Sabaya

Best International Short: Say His Name: Five Days for George Floyd
Special Mention: Souvenir Souvenir 

New Zealand Competition

Best NZ Feature (sponsored by NZ On Air)
Valerie Taylor: Playing with Sharks

Best NZ Director
Sally Aitken, Valerie Taylor: Playing with Sharks

Best NZ Cinematography
Jacob Bryant, The Garden of Evil

Best NZ Editing
Thomas Gleeson, High Tide Don’t Hide

Best NZ Short (sponsored by The Spinoff)
Garage Romantic

Best NZ Emerging Filmmaker (sponsored by Department of Post)
Alistair Harding, The Sea Decides

Festival Category Winners

Around the World in Nine Films: Children
Crime & Conspiracy: Down A Dark Stairwell
Fame! I’m Gonna Live Forever: The Rossellinis
Family/Whānau: Try Harder!
Fearless/Mātātoa: Laura’s Choice
The Future Beckons: The Wonderful: Stories From The Space Station
State of Mind: Aulcie

Doc Edge Superhero 2021

Heather Croall

Doc Edge Awards 2020

*Best International Feature A Thousand Cuts, dir. Ramona Diaz, USA
   with Special Mention: The Forum, dir. Marcus Vetter, DE

*Best International Short Far From Home, dir. Felicia Taylor, USA
   with Special Mention: Blackfeet Boxing: Not Invisible, dirs. Kirsten Lappas, Tom Rinaldi, USA

Best International Director Hind Meddeb, Thim Naccache, Paris Stalingrad, France
   with Special Mention: Pawel Wysoczanski, Long Day Tomorrow, Poland

*Best NZ Feature (sponsored by NZ On Air) Elementa, dir. Richard Sidey
*Best NZ Short (sponsored by NZ On Air) Pluck, dir. Kirsty Griffin, Viv Kernick
   with Special Mention: Hurting to Heal, dir. Kate Gordon

Best NZ Director Sally Williams, Stevenson: Lost and Found
Best NZ Cinematography Richard Sidey, Elementa
Best NZ Editing Deborah Peretz, Stevenson: Lost and Found
Best NZ Emerging Filmmaker (sponsored by Department of Post) Yeshe Hegan, Return to Gandhi Road

* These winners qualified for consideration by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the Oscars.

Festival Category Winners

Best All In The Family (presented by Rei Foundation): Confucian Dream
Best Art Attack (presented by MiNDFOOD): A Chef’s Voyage
Best of Fests: This is Not a Movie
Best Fearless: Blood on the Wall
Best Future Watch (presented by Chorus): First We Eat
Best MOANA WHĀRAHI – Films from the Pacific: Tokyo Hula
Best On the Edge (presented by Department of Post): The Queen’s Man
Best World Cinema (presented by RNZ): Paris Stalingrad

Doc Edge Superhero 2020

Jane Wrightson


Every year, Doc Edge recognises an individual to celebrate one’s outstanding contribution to documentary.

2021 | Heather Croall
2020 | Jane Wrightson
2019 | Heddy Honigmann
2018 | Diane Weyermann
2017 | Leanne Pooley
2016  | Marti Friedlander
2015 | Chris McDonald
2014 | Steve James
2013 | Ally Derks
2012  | NHNZ
2011 | Joint Winners
2010 | Dame Gaylene Preston