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 will be held on Wednesday, 2 June in Auckland and the winners will be announced shortly after.

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

Best International Feature
Best International Short
Best International Director  
Best NZ Feature (sponsored by NZ On Air)
Best NZ Short (sponsored by The Spinoff)
Best NZ Director
Best NZ Cinematography
Best NZ Editing
Best NZ Emerging Filmmaker (sponsored by Department of Post)

Festival Categories 2021

Best Around the World in Nine Films
Best Crime and Conspiracy
Best Fame! I’m Gonna Live Forever
Best Family/Whānau
Best Fearless/Mātātoa
Best The Future Beckons
Best State of Mind

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