Doc Edge, Beach House Pictures, Asia New Zealand Foundation 2019 Internship.

inaugural recipient announced

Doc Edge, Beach House Pictures (Singapore) and Asia New Zealand Foundation are pleased to announce the inaugural recipient of the Singapore Internship. After a selection process, Kiwi Asian filmmaker Jenny Gao has been selected to fulfil a 2-month position with Beach House Pictures (Singapore), one of Asia’s leading production houses. Travel photographer turned documentary filmmaker, Jenny Gao, has been awarded the internship. Jenny is interested in anthropology and culture, she especially enjoys breaking down big ideas into accessible conversations for the digital age to inspire curiosity and deeper understanding of our world.

Doc Edge believes it is an important step to develop New Zealand documentary practitioners’ connections with an increasingly important centre of screen production and audience market. “This internship fits Doc Edge’s kaupapa (mission) of continuing to develop and find new opportunities for New Zealand documentary practitioners”.

Doc Edge wishes to thank both Beach House Pictures (Singapore) and Asia New Zealand Foundation for the partnership and wishes Jenny a safe and productive trip. Please stay connect with Facebook to keep updated on Jenny’s trip and internship.

Doc Edge, Beach House Pictures (Singapore) and Asia New Zealand Foundation are excited to announce an inaugural internship for a documentary filmmaker with 2-5 years’ work experience to apply for the opportunity to undertake a two month internship with Beach House Pictures in Singapore. This internship, with one of Asia’s leading production houses, will provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to learn, experience and develop co-production documentary projects between New Zealand and Asia in a supportive, international setting.

Recognising the need to continue to develop the knowledge, experience and content to facilitate increased cooperation between New Zealand and Asia (and in particular South East Asia), all three parties are committed to developing this opportunity.

We are looking for talented mid-career individuals who have an idea/s for documentary co-production projects between New Zealand and Asia and a connection with the region.

We welcome applicants committed to further their professional development and, in particular, welcome gender and ethnic diversity.

The successful applicant will receive:-

  • an honorarium for the period of the internship from Beach House Pictures.
  • travel and accommodation support along with some additional living allowance from Asia New Zealand Foundation

Shortlisted applicants will have an interview with a panel comprising Doc Edge, Beach House Pictures and Asia New Zealand Foundation during Doc Edge Forum. Applicants must register to attend the 2-day Doc Edge Forum 2019 in Auckland (31 May – 1 June). Submissions close 5 pm, 24 May 2019.

We acknowledge NZ Film Commission’s help to make this happen.

Applicants are required to register to attend Doc Edge Forum 2019 in Auckland (31 May -1 June) and:

  1. Submit an application between 3-5 pages long which will provide the following details:
    1. Name
    2. Address
    3. Phone numbers (including mobile number)
    4. Email address
    5. Gender
    6. Ethnicity
    7. Passport or proof of NZ residency
    8. Short Biography including a filmography demonstrating 2-5 years documentary industry experience
    9. Social media account details and IMDB listing if applicable
    10. Links to a project trailer, your completed projects and show reel.
    11. A one page summary of your proposed idea or project for a coproduction documentary between New Zealand and Asia including:
      1. Title and tag line
      2. Sypnosis
      3. Characters
      4. Clearances and subject consents
      5. Format/s and length
      6. Stage of development/production
      7. Target audiences
      8. Why would want to make it?
  2. A statement about why you would like to undertake the internship? How it will benefit you and how you can use this internship to support the NZ industry.
  3. Confirmation that you have registered for the 2-day Doc Edge Forum pass.

Please submit to pitch@docedge.nz and clearly mark as the heading of your application “Doc Edge Beach House Pictures Asia New Zealand Foundation internship”

Submissions will close 5pm, 24 May. Shortlisted candidates will be informed on Monday 27 May.


To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  1. Be 18 years of age or over.
  2. Be NZ citizens or permanent residents.
  3. Have 2 – 5 years industry experience.
  4. Have an idea or proposal for a documentary co-production project between NZ and Asia.
  5. Register and attend Doc Edge Forum 2019 in Auckland (31 May -1 June).

Shortlisted applicants will have an interview with a panel comprising Doc Edge, Beach House Pictures and Asia NZ Foundation during Doc Edge Forum. (31 May – 1 June, 2019) in Auckland.

Applicants agrees to be bound by the rules and terms and conditions as set out by Doc Edge.

Applications received after 5pm on Friday 24 May, 2019 will not be accepted. Shortlisted applicants will be informed by Monday 27 May, 2019.

By submitting your application to Doc Edge Beach House Pictures Asia NZ Foundation “Singapore Internship 2019”, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete. Doc Edge reserves the right to verify the eligibility of all entrants.

Doc Edge shall use its best endeavours to treat all applications confidentially. Doc Edge reserves the right to make public the details of the selected applications to media unless a request is made otherwise.

All applicants should read the Asia New Zealand Foundation’s terms and conditions which the successful applicant will have to comply with for this internship

About Doc Edge

Doc Edge is run by Documentary NZ Trust, NZ’s national documentary organisation. Established in 2004 as a not-for-profit body, it advocates for documentary filmmaking and runs Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival, Doc Edge Forum & Pitch, Doc Edge Clinics, Doc Edge Schools, Doc Edge On-Demand. It works to increase opportunities and international collaborations through new initiatives to increase funding and support for documentary makers. Doc Edge International Documentary Film Festival is an Academy Award ® film festival and the winners of the best international local awards are considered for consideration at the Oscars.


About Beach House Pictures

Singapore-headquartered Beach House Pictures (BHP) has produced such highly-rated series as the David Attenborough-narrated Wild City (Sky, SBS, CNA), China from Above (Nat Geo), Asia’s Next Top Model Season 3 (Starworld), Nomad Chef (Discovery) and Kids vs Film (Discovery Kids).
Together with its teams in the US, China, Australia and Taiwan, it has built a reputation for creating new and exciting factual content that is watched worldwide. To date, BHP has produced over 500 hours of HD and UHD content across a wide array of genres – from travel to science, kids to reality formats, and food to wildlife. In 2014, BHP expanded its capabilities and brand by launching four new divisions – Beach House Kids (children’s content), Beach House Entertainment (drama, formats), Beach House Studios (animation, VR) and Beach House Labs (Digital, Branded). BHP is a multiple international awards winner and was recently voted into Realscreen’s Global 100 of the world’s most innovative and influential production companies.


About Asia NZ Foundation

The Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono is New Zealand’s leading non-government authority on Asia. It is a non-partisan, non-profit organisation, set up in 1994 to build New Zealanders’ knowledge and understanding of Asia. It relies on a mix of public, philanthropic and corporate funding. With 20 staff in Auckland and Wellington, the Foundation is overseen by a board of trustees drawn from business, community, academic and leadership backgrounds. It is supported by a panel of honorary advisers from across Asia. It provides experiences and resources to help New Zealanders build their knowledge, skills and confidence to thrive in Asia.