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. Must have at least one directing/producing credit.
2. Must provide a sample of the filmmaker’s work.
3. 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
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 1 July 2019.

The selected projects will be announced on 1 September 2019.