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. Each film comes with a free teaching resource to help maximise your students’ educational experience.

Doc Edge Schools 2021 has ended. Details on the new on-demand offerings will be announced in early 2022.


If you have a loved one in high school or university who is always behind the camera, or you’re an educator with talented filmmakers-to-be in your midst, have them enter our Student Short Film Competition.
There are two categories – Secondary School and Tertiary, with three finalists chosen for each.

Winners do not only receive a fabulous prize, but they will also have their films screened during the Doc Edge Festival, receive their awards at the official Doc Edge Awards ceremony and are given access to our Doc Edge Industry events (including meeting and learning from some of the world’s best documentary filmmakers!).

This is a great way for students to dip their toes into filmmaking and show off their talent. Josh Robertson and Ryan Stafford’s entry The Silent Alps, was this year’s Tertiary winner and became THE most streamed short film of the festival. You can watch the Q&A session with the winning team here).
If you have any queries, please send them to [email protected].

Download our How to Enter pdf for all the details and some handy tips to help get selected.

Good luck, we can’t wait to see your entry!


Our new on demand site is coming soon!