Policies & Film Principles

Curation of Films Principles

Doc Edge Festival showcases the best films from New Zealand and around the world and is committed to selecting the highest quality films that show excellence in storytelling, celebrates diversity, and inspires social change.

The following principles guide us in the curation process:

Quality: Films selected for the festival should meet high standards of artistic and technical excellence.

Relevance: Films should address relevant and timely topics that are of interest to the festival’s audience.

Diversity: We strive to showcase a range of voices, perspectives, and styles in its selection of films.

Innovation: We prioritise films that take creative risks and push the boundaries of the medium.

Authenticity: Films should be authentic and true to the subject matter they explore.

Impact: We consider the potential impact of films on audiences and society.

Ethical considerations: We consider the ethical implications of films and their production, including issues related to representation, exploitation, and consent.

Accessibility: We strive to make films accessible to a broad and diverse audience.

Collaboration: We seek opportunities for collaboration with filmmakers, partners, and other stakeholders.

Cultural significance: We recognise the cultural significance of films and their potential to promote cross-cultural understanding and dialogue.

Policy on accepting support from embassies and foreign governments

At Doc Edge, we believe that access to diverse stories is essential for audiences to make informed decisions and engage in meaningful dialogue.

We are committed to showcasing documentary films that promote cross-cultural understanding, inspire positive change, and challenge existing perspectives.

As a charity, we appreciate any support we receive from embassies and foreign governments. It is at the Board’s discretion to accept such support, and it is impartial in our selection of films and programming.

We believe in the importance of protecting the right to curate films and enabling people to view them without fear. This is not just a matter of artistic freedom or political strategy, but a fundamental human right that supports freedom of information and association.

We stand firm in our commitment to ethical and inclusive representation of all voices and perspectives and will not accept support that violates these values.

Join us in celebrating the transformative power of documentary films to empower individuals, foster empathy and understanding, and promote a more just and equitable world.

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