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Student Competition for Short Documentary

Winners will be announced on 27 June.

Our Student Competition for Short Documentary allows us to celebrate and showcase the amazing talents of aspiring young filmmakers. 

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There are two categories for the student competition.

  • Secondary (New Zealand students in Years 9-13).  A film of up to 7 minutes in duration.  
  • Tertiary (New Zealand students enrolled in tertiary study).  A film of up to 17 minutes in duration.  
The Silent Alps 
2021 tertiary winners Josh Robertson & Ryan Stafford

Winning at Doc Edge 2021 Festival was an incredible experience for me personally and my wider career, opening various doors that would have otherwise been closed. Getting recognised for our work gave me a real passion for Documentary Filmmaking that wasn’t ignited in me beforehand. 

I still carry this passion with me today throughout all my work. The Doc Edge award on my CV I have no doubt helped me land some of my work roles. Personally, I have been working on a few passion projects that I plan to enter to upcoming Doc Edge festivals!– Josh Robertson.   

My time at Doc Edge was an incredible start for my film career as I never expected we would be recognised by our filmmaking peers so early on in our journey. I’m currently a Creative Producer at Sky New Zealand, producing promotional campaigns from large-scale blockbusters to up-and-coming Kiwi content. 

Highlighting local content is always a personal priority due in part to how welcoming Doc Edge was to both Josh and I. 

It felt incredibly special for Doc Edge to share and recognise our film, so the least I can do is pay it forward to other local filmmakers by pushing their content as much as possible. We were welcomed so openly by Doc Edge and look forward to returning to the festival.– Ryan Stafford.   

If you believe you have the talent and passion to participate in our short film festival, we would like to invite you to submit your film. 

Previous Student Competition Winners

SECONDARY SCHOOL

Self Portrait (Dir. Connor Lynd, Rotorua Lakes High School)

TERTIARY

A Love Letter to the Estranged (Dir. Va’a Magalogo, AUT)

SECONDARY SCHOOL 

Krista Woodward & Maja Skilling, Director/Producer | Mount Roskill Grammar School | Out of the Labs

TERTIARY 

Monica Cordero, Dayoon Song, Helena Halliday, Directors/Producers | Massey University Our Aotearoa

TERTIARY SCHOOL SPECIAL MENTIONS 

Joseph Gordon, Director/Producer | Victoria University of Wellington | So Be It 
Mahaki Tipene, Director/Producer | Yoobee South Seas Film School | Uhi Wero

SECONDARY SCHOOL 

Joshua August, Director/Producer | Kings College | School Pride 

SECONDARY SCHOOL SPECIAL MENTIONS 

Bruce Chen & Yusef Elnahas, Director/Producer | Christ’s College | The Path to Equality 
Krista Woodward & Maja Skilling, Director/Producer | Mount Roskill Grammar School  | Glass Walls 

TERTIARY

Ryan Stafford & Josh Robertson, Director/Producer | NZ Broadcasting School | The Silent Alps

TERTIARY SCHOOL SPECIAL MENTIONS 

Valeriya Golovina & Niamh Swannack, Director/Producer | Victoria University of Wellington | Mawhialeo Ote Alowha/Our love 
Celeste Fontein & Alex McShane , Director/Producer | Victoria University of Wellington | Maranui 

SECONDARY SCHOOL 

Sedona Milich, Director/Producer | Mount Roskill Grammar School  | Mirimiri 

SECONDARY SCHOOL SPECIAL MENTIONS 

Egor Belykh, Director/Producer | Kings College | Rarepenguin 
Sky Gobbi, Director/Producer | Wellington High School | Wellington High School Underwater Hockey 

TERTIARY 

Kate Gordon, Director/Producer | South Seas Film and Television School | Hurting To Heal 

TERTIARY SPECIAL MENTIONS 

Veronica Maitre, Director/Producer | South Seas Film and Television School | Becoming Masina 
Samylle Anjos, Director/Producer | South Seas Film and Television School | Out There

SECONDARY SCHOOL 

Honor Williams, Director/Producer | Kings College  | Children Raising Children 

TERTIARY 

Eileen Lee, Director/Producer | South Seas Film and Television School | The Rocky Bay Store

Student winners 2023
2023 Winners

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