Connecting students to educational documentaries from around the world.
With free screenings during Doc Edge Festival and a video-on-demand platform for schools around the country, Doc Edge believes in using documentary film to engage students with current issues, critical questions and new perspectives to inspire and evoke discussion and learning in the classroom.
Free in-theatre screenings
Run during the annual Doc Edge Festival, our programme for schools is curated especially for students from year 5-13, as well as tertiary and includes the latest New Zealand and international documentaries about current social and environmental issues, different cultural perspectives and technology.
It is an exciting opportunity for schools to watch films from our festival for free and participate in Q&As with filmmakers and industry guests at Q Theatre and Māngere Arts Centre in Auckland and The Roxy in Wellington.
In 2019, Doc Edge hosted films at Mangere Arts Centre and worked with Rei Foundation to take screenings and workshops to Whangarei and Wanaka.
Doc Edge Schools is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Rei Foundation.
Dates for 2020
Auckland 28 May – 7 Jun
Wellington 11 – 21 June
Mangere Arts Centre 13 – 14 August 2020
Screenings for schools are on weekday mornings throughout the festival.
Enquire about booking your school session now by emailing email@example.com.
Student Film Competition
Entries for 2020 are now open!
We are seeking submissions from student film makers 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 can be up to 5 minutes in duration
Tertiary Shorts can be up to 15 minutes in duration
All rights must be cleared by the film maker, and are the responsibility of the film maker.
Films must have been produced between January 15th 2019 and January 15th 2020.
Submissions close 12noon January 15th 2020.
Short documentaries must have been made by student film makers who produced their short documentary while attending a Secondary School or tertiary institution.
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.