About the Festival

Documentary Edge Festival is New Zealand’s only and Australasia’s premiere international documentary film festival held annually in Auckland and Wellington.

Launched in 2005, Documentary Edge Film Festival showcases the very best documentary films from New Zealand and around the world. 

More than 12,000 people attend the Festival each year to watch a selection of 50+ award-winning and critically acclaimed documentary films.

The Festival includes:

  • Question & Answer sessions with filmmakers/guests
  • Awards - recognising excellence and achievement
  • DocTalks and other special events
  • Docs for Schools - an education programme for schools

All the films in the Festival are divided in categories and are in competition, the winners are announced at the Documentary Edge Awards.

Documentary Edge Film Festival seeks to bring documentaries that:

  • are thought provoking and challenge the audiences
  • provide a valuable insight into the topics and issues that confront our society
  • build bridges of understanding
  • give a voice to people and communities that are rarely or not heard
  • are cutting edge and innovative in their genre, style, narrative and delivery
  • promote a cinematic experience while at the same time ensuring the works of emerging, independent and low-budget films continue to be celebrated

Alongside the Festival, Documentary Edge runs the Screen Edge Forum at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). The Forum is  where local and international filmmakers and industry attend workshop, masterclasses and sessions during this 2-day industry event.


Documentary Edge Festival 2015

Documentary Edge Festival 2014

Documentary Edge Festival 2013

Documentary Edge Festival 2012

Documentary Edge Festival 2011