Loading Docs seeks proposals from New Zealand filmmakers for creative and original three-minute documentary shorts.

The theme for 2015 is 'connection'. How you interpret this theme is up to you, be it an exploration of human connection, our relationship with technology, the environment, community or culture.

Loading Docs is a unique initiative that aims to produce short documentaries that will captivate and inspire audiences locally and internationally, while also developing and promoting New Zealand filmmaking talent. 

In 2014 Loading Docs launched a diverse selection of films that have been viewed all over the world via the Loading Docs site and The New Zealand Herald and featured on high profile sites such as Short of the Week, Laughing Squid, The World’s Best Ever and Film Shortage as well as achieving Staff Picks on Vimeo.

Loading Docs films have been broadcast on 3News, Seven Sharp, 20/20, Te Kaea, on Māori Television Series Iti Pounamu and the Rialto Channel, selected for film festivals such as Show Me Shorts (NZ), Out Takes (NZ), ImagineNATIVE (Canada), New Zealand Short Film Festival (Aus) and screened on Air New Zealand flights.

In 2015 successful applicants will take part in professional development workshops and receive support from Loading Docs producers. Films will be made freely available to view and share online and promoted locally and internationally to achieve maximum exposure for filmmakers.

10 films will be selected. Each film will receive:

  • $2,000 production funding, AND

  • An additional $2,000 matched funding to support a crowdfunding campaign (we'll match each dollar you'll raise through crowdfunding up to $2,000)

  • A colour grade and sound-mix from Toybox and Sale Street Studios.

Deadline for LOADING DOCS submissions is Monday 8 December 2014 at 5pm.

Loading Docs aims to provide local documentary makers with a platform to promote their creativity and talent and to create work that inspires, pushes boundaries, and moves audiences.

From funding to production and distribution, our aim is to take risks, encourage innovation and boldly pursue new opportunities in order to create a brighter future for New Zealand documentary.

Loading Docs is a Notable Pictures initiative, produced by Julia Parnell and Anna Jackson, and funded by the New Zealand Film Commission and NZ On Air’s Ignite Digital Media Fund.


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