Doc Edge and Rei Foundation
supporting the making of documentaries
for the younger generation.


Rangatahi Film Fund Logo
Doc Edge and Rei Foundation are pleased to announce the inaugural projects selected to receive a Rangatahi Film Fund grant.

“This talented group of filmmakers has taken up the challenge to make films for our rangatahi,” says Doc Edge Executive Director, Dan Shanan. “As an Academy Award-qualifying festival, we look forward to the completed films competing at the highest levels”.

The Doc Edge Rei Foundation Rangatahi Film Fund was set up to provide grants to filmmakers and support the production of short films for audiences 11 – 17 years of age, to give them an opportunity to watch and discuss topics that are particularly relevant and important to them.

Reiko Fukutake, Executive Director of Rei Foundation says “By viewing documentaries tailored specifically for their age group, we hope that today’s rangatahi will be able to experience stories and new perspectives that will help to broaden their worldview, further develop their empathy and open-mindedness, and become responsible members of the global community.”

The following projects will each receive NZ$20,000 and when completed, will première at the Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival.

Water Stories

Directed by Aliscia Young and produced by Richard Sidey.

Aliscia Young is an International award-winning filmmaker and photographer based in Wanaka, New Zealand. She is a co-founder of a New Zealand production company Galaxiid.

She directed the short film The Breath Connection about free-diver Kathryn Nevatt, New Zealand record holder and former World Champion.

Young wants to “create a visually spectacular, poetic and poignant short documentary film that connects with our youth as well as being inclusive of older generations”.

Water Stories will focus on the people of New Zealand and their individual connections to our unique rivers, lakes and oceans.

'Water Stories' Director, Aliscia Young.
Rangatahi Film Fund Recipient, Rise Director, Jess Feast., Storybox
'Rise' Director, Jess Feast, Storybox Limited.


Directed by Jess Feast and produced by Ruth Korver for Storybox Ltd (with help from Victoria University MFA student, Matilda Boese-Wong).

Tagline: The seas are rising and so are we.

In the lead up to the largest planned climate strike in the world, the filmmakers are behind the scenes with the group charged with bringing as many people to the streets as possible.

Jess Feast’s independent features Gardening with Soul and Cowboys & Communists won awards at international festivals. She’s made prime-time docs and series (The Gravy, Rock Quest, Black on Red, Gather Round) and has just completed the five-part series He Kōrero Taumaha TonuMāori and the Criminal Justice System (NZOA, for MTS and The Spinoff), and is in pre-production on Shot Bro (NZOA for MTS and The Spinoff).


Directed by James Muir and produced by James Muir & Alison Titulaer.

The hidden world of two key women leading the movement in Aotearoa to stop the extinction of the planet.

Veteran campaigner Sarah Roberts is NZ’s ‘Erin Brockovich’. She has fought to expose the truth around the fossil fuel industry and the realities could not be closer. The drilling rig is next to a school, flares burning into the night and families of the disaffected, marginalised and silenced, living day-to-day with oil and gas exploration.

For 18-year-old, Sophie Handford, the realities of Climate Change are personal with her seaside family home being eaten by waves. But Sophie sees the greater picture as well and her passion for protecting the natural world drives her to give up university and instead focus on the need for change and the politics of peace.

Award-winning Director James Muir says, “We are all driven by survival, but to be a voice for survival takes courage and commitment. This is an essential story for young people to find hope and inspiration, for a way forward in an otherwise uncertain future.”

Rangatahi Film Fund Recipient, TLC Director, James Muir.
'TLC' Director, James Muir.
Rangatahi Film Fund Recipient, 'Girls Rock! Aotearoa Director, Morgan Albrecht.
'Girls Rock! Aotearoa' Director, Morgan Albrecht.

Girls Rock! Aotearoa

Directed by Morgan Albrecht and produced by Morgan Leigh Stewart.

The film follows the all-girl rock band, Socially Awkward (aged 13-15) and their trials & tribulations of attending the annual Girls Rock Camp, Aotearoa. The camp is created and run by female industry professionals like Bic Runga and Julia Deans, who want to change the power balance in the industry.

Albrecht says “There are plenty of recent music films about kiwi men – Six60, The Chills, Shihad… however, there is not one woman represented on-screen or the stage in any of the aforementioned.”

Girls Rock! Aotearoa is particularly exciting – it’s a gift really, for documentary purposes, established artists to interview and follow in their fostering of a younger generation”.

Morgan Albrecht is most proud of her recent piece called Coco for RNZ’s Wireless Docs, about Auckland mother Jo Galvin-Martinengo’s daughter diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome.

For more details about the Doc Edge Rei Foundation Rangatahi Film Fund, please contact: Kristen Cartmer, Marketing Manager of Doc Edge at kristen@docedge.nz or 09 360 0222.


Doc Edge, in partnership with Rei Foundation Limited is excited to offer the Doc Edge – Rei Foundation Rangatahi Film Fund, an innovative new fund (the first of its kind in the world) for short documentaries for the next generation – our rangatahi.

Doc Edge screens over 1300 documentaries a year as part of the selection process for the Doc Edge Film Festival and Doc Edge Schools programme and noticed a gap with the submissions.

Doc Edge director Alex Lee “Films are usually made for adult audiences that may also be screened to younger audiences. Few if any at all are made for students aged 11-17 years of age. Doc Edge and Rei Foundation wish to disrupt that space by seeking documentary films targeted at 11 – 17 year olds with the ability to be accessible to adult audiences.”

Reiko Fukutake, Executive Director of Rei Foundation Limited: “We supported the Doc Edge Schools programme since inception as we have a shared belief documentaries are necessary to inspire students to look more closely at the humanitarian and social issues confronting them now and in their future. This Film Fund is an important timely addition to the kaupapa (mission) of our partnership with Doc Edge”.

The call was open to experienced local and international Producer/Director teams and launched 10 April taking applications until 1 July 2019. Screen duration could be up to a maximum of 40 minutes. Doc Edge would select projects with potential to be in line with its Oscars qualifying status. Completed films will have their world premiere at Doc Edge Festival 2020.