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


The 14th annual Doc Edge Pitch is open for 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 as part of the industry event, Doc Edge Forum, held during Doc Edge Festival.

Up to 15 projects will be selected. The successful finalists will be given 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.

Doc Edge Pitch seeks projects:

  • with international appeal
  • challenging innovative subject matter
  • with co-production potential
  • that push creative boundaries
  • have multi-platform potential (highly encouraged)

Applications are open for the following categories:

  • Feature Documentary (over 40’)
  • Short Documentary (up to 39’)
  • Documentary Television Series


Early bird: 12pm on Friday, 6 March 2020
Regular: 12pm on Monday, 6 April 2020

Successful applicants will be notified on or before Tuesday, 21 April 2020.


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.

We will announce Doc Edge Pitch 2020 finalists in late April.

2020 Panellists

We’ll announce the Doc Edge Pitch panellists in May. All our local and international panellists and pitch presenters will participate in Doc Edge Pitch remotely.


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.