Connecting students to the best educational documentaries from around the world.

Doc Edge Schools is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Rei Foundation.

Doc Edge Schools engages students from years 5 to 13 and beyond, with documentaries that present current issues, ask critical questions and offer new perspectives to inspire discussion and learning.

During the annual Doc Edge Film Festival, Doc Edge Schools provides free screenings of educational documentaries for schools. For the rest of the year, we provide a subscription based video-on-demand platform for schools in New Zealand and across the Pacific islands.

Online and Nationwide

This year we did things a little bit differently because of COVID 19. We ran all of our films free of charge to teachers and students all over the country at times that teachers could choose that best suited their teaching schedule.

We also ran question and answer sessions in online webinar sessions only open to registered teachers and students after each film.  You can find recordings of these discussions, which will be coming soon.



This year, three finalists in the secondary and tertiary categories each received significant cash prizes courtesy of The Wallace Foundation.

We’re encouraging secondary and tertiary students to start making short documentaries, and submit to us here at Doc Edge Schools.

Secondary category – between 5 and 7 minutes
Tertiary category – between 12 and 17 minutes.

Please download and read the submission guidelines, to get a better idea of what we’re looking for, as well as tips for having a better chance of winning. Make sure you create an account on Film Freeway and then submit in either the Tertiary or Secondary category.

Schools On Demand

Streaming documentaries into classrooms in Aotearoa and the Pacific Islands

At Doc Edge, alongside the Rei Foundation, we identified the need to get social impact stories out to students that may not have the abilities to see the many amazing documentaries from around the world. We developed a Video-On-Demand platform with films that have a social impact, and focus on youth subjects and perspectives.

This platform allows us to distribute documentaries, for viewing in the classroom, across NZ and Pacific Island classrooms. We include downloadable learning resources to accompany each film, giving context and discussion points for further learning.

Our vision is to foster a love of documentary for students across all levels of education, from Intermediate through to secondary and beyond, and to reach a wider audience beyond our main festival centers of Auckland and Wellington.

We want to inspire and enlighten our tamariki and promote diversity and understanding of global issues in the classroom, we can achieve this by promoting documentaries as a vital learning tool for all students.

Subscribe to our entire education collection on a monthly or yearly basis and cancel at any time. Yearly subscriptions allow multiple users within a school to sign up on the one subscription, monthly subscriptions are for one user per school.

If your school is outside of main centres and does not have access to local cinemas or reliable streaming services we offer Doc Edge Schools On Demand for free!

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