Making documentaries for the younger generation.

Doc Edge, in partnership with Rei Foundation Limited, is excited to announce the Doc Edge Rei Foundation Rangatahi Film Fund, an innovative new fund for short documentaries for the next generation – our rangatahi – youth aged between 11 to 17 years old.

Documentaries must be 40 minutes or less in length. Animation is acceptable.

Documentary/narrative hybrids will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

What we are looking for
• Creative, artful, compelling and innovative storytelling techniques
• Strong story narrative at the core of the film
• A unique perspective or approach; use of humour a plus Contemporary relevance
• Feasibility of the project with respect to its budget, financing, schedule and scope
• Demonstrated ability of the creative team to have implemented previous projects
• Emphasis on the story not the lesson or agenda of the filmmaker

The filmmakers must demonstrate credible access and rapport with the proposed subject(s) of the story, originality of form, approach or content potential of the project to generate public discourse and social engagement.

About Us
Rei Foundation Limited (RFL) aims to attain social change through sustainable human development as a means of expanding people's life opportunities and their capacity to make responsible decisions as members of the global community.

Doc Edge celebrates and promotes documentary in New Zealand since 2004 through a series of events and activities including Doc Edge Festival, Doc Edge schools, Doc Edge Forum, Doc Edge Pitch, Doc Edge Clinic and Doc Edge Exhibition.

In 2019, a fund of up to $ 80,000 NZD ($ 54,000 USD) will be available to support the production of four short documentaries over the next year with the potential to increase the funding to $ 120,000 NZD ($ 81,000 USD) for up to six films the following year. Four projects will be selected (ideally two from New Zealand and two international).

Depending on the merits or the needs of "project", some could receive less or more than $ 20,000 NZD ($ 13,500 USD).

Open to experienced New Zealand and international producer/director teams.

Screen duration may be up to a maximum of 40 minutes.

Doc Edge will select projects with the potential to be Oscar worthy in line with its Oscars qualifying status. Completed films will have their world premiere at Doc Edge Festival 2020.


1. You must have at least one directing/producing credit.

2. You must create a project in FilmFreeway to submit the application. Once you have created a project with all required details, you are then able to submit an application.

3. Once you are ready to submit the project, navigate to Rangatahi Childrens Film Fund to click on submit. Answer the questions and check out.

4, Please make sure if the link is password protected, that you provide us with a working password.

3. You will need to also upload a written 3-page proposal of the project which must clearly outline:

- Title
- Synopsis
- Creative vision
- Reason to make the film
- Bio of director/producer
- Budget
- Subject clearances
- Target audiences

To upload documents and files, go to 'My Projects' > 'View', then use the 'Files & Attachments' tool toward the lower right side of your Project Page to upload your supporting documents and files.

4. The project will be submitted by a director and/or producer.

5. Applicants must own the copyright of their film.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

In consideration of the Rangatahi Film Fund grant:

• the completed films will be premiered at Doc Edge International Film Festival 2020.
• Doc Edge will also be responsible for the worldwide marketing and distribution of the films.
• Rei Foundation will be granted a license to use the film for the purposes of their advocacy and education programmes.

Applications are open until 31 July 2019.

The selected projects will be announced on 1 September 2019.

You can also send hard copies of the same to

Further questions, please direct to Alex Lee, Director -