A pitching forum for documentary features, shorts and television series.


Doc Edge Pitch accepts submissions from local and international filmmakers currently working on a project, seeking financing and/or co-production opportunities.

Doc Edge Pitch 2020 will take place 26 and 27 May, with Date-a-Doco running on 28 May. Doc Edge Forum will run 29 May – 1 June.

Finalists have the opportunity to develop their projects, trailers and pitching skills through a series of Doc Edge Clinics with bespoke mentoring from industry professionals.

The finalists will pitch their projects to a panel of local and international decision-makers. Panel members will participate in Doc Edge Pitch remotely. We’ll publish their names here as they are announced.

Submissions for Doc Edge Pitch 2020 closed on 6 April.

Doc Edge is pleased to announce the following projects have been selected for Doc Edge Pitch 2020.

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Gemma Knight, 2D Love
Vanessa Wells, fiftyone
Sam Griffin, The Fight Together
Katherine McRae, Pacific Mother
Amy Taylor, Milked
Petr Lom, We Are the River

Scott Flyger, Alien Drugs Music
Mandi Lynn, The Luscious Order of Golden Shield Maidens
Jess Feast, Trees & Us
Jessie Casson, What Becomes of Us?
Aditi Sharma, Writing on the Wall
Anthony Costello, The Blue Wall


Doc Edge Pitch 2020 prizes comprise:

Doc Edge Travel Award
⦁ IDFA Guest Pass (IDFA Academy, Film Screenings, Forum Day Pass)
⦁ DOK Leipzig Industry Pass
⦁ Travel Support from NZFC

Park Road Post – $5,000 post-production services

The Sound Room
⦁ Composition of bespoke music and full 5.1 sound mix for trailer or teaser
⦁ Free usage of extensive music library
⦁ Free music/sound consultation

Antenna Film Festival Pass

Soar Print – $500 print collateral

Please note: Prizes such as travel awards may be deferred.


2019 – Tess Hutson & Jane Robertson | A Place to Stand
2018 – Francis Baker | Bombs
2017 – Jack Nicol | No. 1 Stand
2016 – J.Ollie Lucks & Julia Parnell | Wilbur Force
2015 – Robyn Paterson | In Zone
2014 – David Farrier | Tickled
2013 – Pietra Brettkelly | A Flickering Truth

Other successful Doc Edge Pitch projects include: For My Father’s Kingdom; High School; The Kiwi, The Knight and The Qashqai; Jessica’s Tree; The Topp Twins:Untouchable Girls; Hip Hop-eration; Relocating Mountains; Loving in Limbo; The Price of Peace; An Accidental Berliner; Walk with Me; Te Hono Ki Aotearoa:The Waka for Peace; Brother No. 1; Pictures of Susan; There Once was an Island; Lost in Wonderland; Druglawed.


Date-A-Doco 2019 during the Doc Edge Forum
Date-A-Doco 2019 during the Doc Edge Forum

A perennial favourite, Date-a-Doco is a series of fast-paced, speed-dating-type meetings between decision makers, pitching finalists and selected filmmakers. This is a great way to make personal connections and obtain project-specific advice.

Doc Edge industry programmes are presented by
and generously supported by
Department of Post, NZ Film Commission, NZ On Air, Screenrights and University of Auckland