Connecting students to the best educational films from around the world.
Doc Edge Schools provides free in-theatre screenings of educational documentaries for schools in Auckland and Wellington. We also provide a subscription based video-on-demand platform for schools in New Zealand and across the pacific. We believe in engaging students with documentaries that present current issues, critical questions and new perspectives to inspire discussion and learning in the classroom.
Doc Edge Schools is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Rei Foundation.
Our 2020 dates have been announced!
Make sure you put these in your diary, and plan your field trip with your Senior Management Team.
Screenings for schools are on weekday mornings (10am) and afternoons (12.30pm) throughout the festival.
If you have not attended Doc Edge Schools before and would like to be added to our priority information list, email email@example.com now.
We are currently selecting films and building our schedule. Check back in April for all of our film listings and screening times
Student Short Documentary Competition
We are extending the deadline for the secondary school category in our Short Documentary Competition! Scroll down to see how your students can make their late entry. Please note that tertiary entries into the competition are now closed.
Our New On Demand Manager & Co-ordinator
We are thrilled to welcome our new team members, Justin Benn and Alesha Ahdar. Alesha will be co-ordinating the in-theatre screenings, and Justin will be managing the On Demand streaming service.
Free in-theatre screenings
Screening as part of the annual Doc Edge Documentary Festival, the Doc Edge Schools programme is curated especially for students from years 5 to 13, as well as for tertiary students. It includes the latest documentaries from around the world focusing on current social and environmental issues, different cultural perspectives as well as developing technologies.
All films in the programme are free of charge for students and teachers, and are accompanied by a useful education resource complete with conversation starters and learning activities based around the issues raised in the documentaries.
Many of the screenings also feature Question and Answer sessions where students can interact with filmmakers and industry experts.
Student Film Competition
We are proud to showcase the best of student documentary making in the secondary and tertiary categories.
Each category has a significant cash prize for best documentary short thanks to the generous support of The Wallace Foundation.
Secondary Shorts are up to 5 minutes in duration
Tertiary Shorts are up to 15 minutes in duration
The Secondary School entry deadline has been extended! (Use the waiver code EDU20 to submit)
Because exams prevented many students submitting their documentaries in time for our January deadline, we are now extending our deadline to Feb 28, 2020 for the Secondary category only.
Download Entry Information for the Student Short Documentary Competition here.
While we do not like to constrict creativity, here are some tips that will put you in a better position for selection for our finalists programme.
• We are looking for social justice or ‘issues’ themed documentaries
• We tend to avoid selecting documentaries with voiceover or “voice of god” narration
• Participatory documentaries (where the directors insert themselves as a character in their own documentary) are difficult to pull off, and we tend not to select these.
• Before you choose your subject, do a little research to see if there have been many / any recent documentaries produced on the same topic. Originality is a big plus.
• Please do check your credits and titles for spelling errors before you submit
• Good quality sound, and pictures will put you in a better position than other entrants. (Sound with consistent levels is especially important)
• Creativity and experimentation is welcome, but do not let this detract from a strong narrative in your film. Animation is also welcome.
• Character driven documentaries with a clear story are often more successful. IE following one person on their quest to tackle a social issue and their emotional rises and falls as they have triumphs and failures.
• Make sure you check all of our terms and conditions before entering.
Good luck, and we hope to see your documentary on the big screen in 2020!
View trailers, book sessions and find out about our films for schools here. Click on the film to watch the trailer and find out more.