Press Release: Tuesday 28th February 2017
The team behind New Zealand’s preeminent documentary initiative LOADING DOCS is extremely excited to announce the selection of ten brand new short documentaries about to embark on their Loading Docs journey with a month of crowdfunding on Boosted.
The theme for this year’s documentaries is Diversity. We asked filmmakers to submit proposals for 3-minute shorts, which reflect that theme. Specifically we were interested in films that address diversity of identity, culture, community and place.
Following a rigorous selection process, the final ten films were chosen and we couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the broad interpretations on the theme. Our stories address diverse perspectives on sexual identity, life and death, ethnic diversity, exploration of our environment and cultural representation.
As in previous years, the Loading Docs initiative, with the support of principal funder NZ On Air, along with the New Zealand Film Commission and new partner Te Māngai Pāho – will help fund, create and distribute these ten films. With views so far exceeding 1.5 million across the previous years’ collections, the teams have the potential for their documentaries to be seen by hundreds of thousands of viewers both at home and all around the world across platforms online, on broadcast television, the big screen and in-flight.
The next step for these teams is to begin crowdfunding. Each documentary is required to crowdfund $2000 towards their production budget in order to receive an additional $4000 from the Loading Docs initiative and a post-production package provided by Toybox and Post Production Sound. Crowdfunding is a crucial promotional tool for the documentary teams and paves the way for the future success of their short docs. All ten teams will launch their campaigns on crowdfunding website Boosted on the 1st of March 2017 and will have one month to achieve their goal.
Loading Docs is proud to once again be supporting the New Zealand documentary community and promoting diversity, not just on screen but also within the filmmaking industry. Loading Docs founders Julia Parnell and Anna Jackson say that each year the standard is getting higher and they couldn’t be happier to be bringing a variety of story telling voices to the fore. “We really hope that people will get behind these documentaries and filmmakers and prove that diversity is something that we as a country are interested in and supportive of.” – Julia Parnell.
Announcing the 2017 LOADING DOCS: DIVERSITY teams and projects.
East Meets East
Dir/Co Prod: Julie Zhu
Prod: Tema Pua
A Chinese grandmother searches for a sense of home on her bus trips to the Asian supermarket.
Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/east-meets-east
Dir: Melissa Nickerson
Prod: Craig Gainsborough
Location: Waitomo, Central North Island
Pushing beyond primal fear, two caving friends struggle together in a dark, confined, muddy tunnel, determined to find a new entrance to a spectacular cave.
Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/luckie-strike
Welcome to Graft
Dir: Ursula Williams
Travel inside a surreal world where artist Jon Radford becomes alter-ego Real Estate agent Ron Jadford – he’s got a deal for you!
Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/welcome-to-graft
He Awa Mutunga Kore – A Takatāpui Journey
Dir: Kathleen Winter
Producer: Jaimee Poipoi
Te Reo Māori advisor: Beatrice Joblin
Two worlds collide at Wellington’s biggest ever LGBTIQ pride celebration where a takatāpui (queer Māori) activist seeks self-acceptance.
Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/he-awa
Asian Men Talk About Sex
Dir: Chye-Ling Huang
Prod: Kelly Gilbride
Co-Prod: Ruby Reihana-Wilson
Asian men dig deep and bare all to explore the awkward, wild, intimate and unifying experience of sex.
Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/asian-men-talk-sex
Dir: Briar March
Prod: Kim Harrop
The Coffin Club is a musical documentary about the celebration of life and death, and the ability to laugh at the prospect of mortality.
Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/the-coffin-club
My Dog Ajax
Dir: Michael Weatherall
Prod: Cecilia Shand
Location: Kahurangi National Park, South Island
A passionate conservationist journeys into the heart of remote New Zealand with his K9 companion, the world’s only kea conservation dog, as they fight together to save the Kea.
Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/my-dog-ajax
Kotuku Rerenga Rua
Dir: Tim Worrall
Prod: Aaron Smart
Te Reo advisor: Kotuku Tibble
A larger-than-life Maori entertainer returns from the dead with a mission from his ancestors to make peace with his loved ones.
Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/kotuku-rerenga-rua
Dir: Stjohn Milgrew
Co-Dir: Damian Golfinopoulos
Prod: James Kerr
While preparing for a live performance, a poet reflects on his losing battle with a degenerative bone disease.
Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/losing
Dir: Jerry Rock-Archer
Prod: Joshua Rollo
A Māori rugby player in Japan tackles cultural isolation and discovers strength amongst strangers.
Boosted link: https://www.boosted.org.nz/projects/union
About Loading Docs
Loading Docs is a unique New Zealand documentary initiative established in 2014 that aims to captivate and inspire audiences as well as develop and promote New Zealand filmmaking talent.
Through a competitive selection process, Loading Docs selects ten short documentary proposals, which are then supported from development through to distribution. Working with local and international mentors, Loading Docs filmmakers expand their skills in a range of areas including story development, outreach, publicity and marketing and distribution. Since its inception Loading Docs has achieved over 1.5 million views across the collection and is supported by TVNZ OnDemand, Air New Zealand in-flight and hosted on such high profile websites as The Atlantic, The Daily Mail, Huffington Post, The Guardian, Great Big Story and Short of the Week to name but a few.
Loading Docs is a Notable Pictures initiative, founded by Julia Parnell and Anna Jackson and is funded by NZ On Air’s Digital Media Fund and made with support from the New Zealand Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho.
For more information visit and watch the previous years collections on: www.loadingdocs.net
Loading Docs shorts are also available to watch on TVNZ OnDemand: https://www.tvnz.co.nz/ondemand/loading-docs
Boosted Website: www.boosted.org.nz
All media enquiries
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Ph: 09 303 1061
LOADING DOCS is excited to be once again seeking proposals from New Zealand filmmakers for creative and original 3-minute documentary shorts to be made in 2017.
The theme of DIVERSITY will unite the 2017 collection of documentaries.
Since launching in 2014, Loading Docs has established itself as a leading platform for the distribution of high quality short documentary boasting 1.8 million views for the 29 documentaries created to date.
Every year Loading Docs asks filmmakers to explore a theme such as home (2014), connection (2015) and change (2016). 2017’s theme is diversity. It’s a theme that touches many aspects of life, from politics, identity, science, religion to the environment.
Diversity can be cause for celebration, support innovation and enhance creativity. Diversity can also be challenging, complex and confronting.
We hope to have a range of filmmakers who are as diverse as the range of stories they will tell. In particular we are seeking proposals that speak to Māori, Pasifika and Asian points of view. There is also provision for a documentary fully in te reo Māori to complete the collection.
Telling a compelling 3-minute story is a test of creativity, skill and ingenuity. Now it’s the turn of a new crop of filmmakers to be part of a movement that is transforming the way we make, tell and view documentary shorts in Aotearoa.
Loading Docs is proud to announce that Te Māngai Pāho will join NZ On Air and the New Zealand Film Commission as a funding partner for this fourth iteration of the initiative. The documentaries will once again feature on TVNZ On Demand and loadingdocs.net with subsequent plays on Māori Television.
“We look forward to working with our partners to create ten new short documentaries that captivate and inspire audiences, reaching them across multiple platforms locally and internationally, while developing and promoting New Zealand filmmaking talent and exploring new models for film funding, production and distribution.”
Julia Parnell, Executive Producer.
Watch our call out teaser here.
10 documentaries will be selected with each team receiving extensive support and opportunities for growth:
- Professional development opportunities including workshops on story and creative treatment, outreach and distribution strategies and will receive hands on support from Loading Docs executive producers, to ensure their short reaches the widest possible audience.
- $2,000 production funding, and an additional $2,000 matched funding to support a crowdfunding campaign (we’ll match each dollar your raise through crowdfunding up to $2,000).
- A colour grade and sound-mix from Toybox and Sale Street Studios. Making a total budget of over $7,000 for each 3-minute documentary.
This is an opportunity for the best filmmaking voices in New Zealand to take up the challenge and be part of this cutting edge short documentary initiative.
For more information about Loading Docs and to watch the documentaries produced in 2014, 2015 and 2016, visit www.loadingdocs.net/shorts
- 19 October 2016 – Request for proposals issued.
- 21 November 2016 – Deadline for proposals. (5pm)
- 28 November 2016 – Short list notified – full proposals requested.
- 19 December 2016 – Deadline for full proposals.
- 20 January 2017 – Successful applicants notified.
Visit www.loadingdocs.net/submit to submit a proposal.
SEND YOUR SUBMISSIONS TO: email@example.com
no later than 5pm Monday 21st of November 2016.
Nia Phipps – Producer/Project Manager
Ph. 021 1577 075
Loading Docs is funded by NZ On Air
and made with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho.
For the third year running, we have launched 10 new 3-minute shorts that will captivate and challenge us to see local stories in new ways.
Funded by NZ On Air and supported by The New Zealand Film Commission the 2016 collection explores the theme of ‘change’, sharing such diverse stories as; coming to grips with a life threatening disease, a personal epiphany leading to a dramatic lifestyle change, a gender reassignment challenging two best friends and a hotly debated political issue, these shorts all have the potential to change the way we think and feel about the world around us.
The collection launched at Auckland’s Academy Cinema tonight at a glittering event hosted by Seven Sharp’s Erin Conroy and is now available to view and share from the Loading Docs website and on TVNZ OnDemand. Two shorts from this year’s collection have also recently gained the prestige of screening before feature films in the NZ International Film Festival; Water for Gold and How Mr and Mrs Gock Saved the Kumara.
Executive Producer Julia Parnell says ‘this year we have challenged our filmmakers to push even harder to connect with their audiences. To do that you have to tell great stories and this dynamic collection has something for everyone. The 3-minute format continues to be a powerful way to present short stories that pack a big punch.’
Loading Docs is committed to leading change for media in New Zealand synonymous with international trends in documentary making and online distribution and is constantly seeking new ways to make high-quality sharable short-form content, which will delight and engage.
Loading Docs co-creator Anna Jackson hopes ‘that more people than ever before will get behind the incredible talent and inspiring local stories by watching and share them with the world’.
We are very proud to partner with TVNZ OnDemand.
It might be cold outside but it is heating up in the LD office!
The filmmakers are busily buffing, shining and putting the finishing touches on their short docs and we are getting ready to launch with a bang. The launch party is set for the 4th of August at The Academy and then all our hard work will be up to view online and OnDemand from that night.
You will love the true stories of transformation, growth, adversity and hope we have in store for you so set your alerts to view the collection and choose your favourite one.
Don’t forget that two of our shorts are playing in the NZIFF, How Mr and Mrs Gock Saved the Kumara is showing in Auckland before The Music of Strangers. See more here.
Water for Gold is showing before When Two Worlds Collide. Check it out here.
Whatever your choice for viewing, staying in by the fire or going out to the cinema – we have got something for everyone!
In the meantime here’s a behind the scenes peek from Water For Gold (premiering in the NZIFF) – Director Rose Archer interviewing Professor Jane Kelsey.
Loading Docs has had a terrific start to the year with all the filmmaking teams converging at Studio One – Toi Tū in Ponsonby for a weekend of story development, crowdfunding prep and marketing insights. The workshop also offered a chance for the teams to connect with each other and get inspired about the Loading Docs family as a whole. We love this opportunity to get to know everyone more.
The teams started off the weekend with a brief pitch of their projects to rest of the group, the diversity, passion and talent in the group was thrilling! Loading Docs Change promises to be full of dynamism and heart. Check out the 2016 Loading Docs here.
Once again our special guest Kathryn Burnett worked her magic with the teams uncovering essential points in their stories, there is no doubt that her insights both clarify and expand the team’s visions of their documentaries. Kathryn Burnett is an award-winning screenwriter and creative training consultant extraordinaire. Check out Kathryn’s work on her website.
Our second special guest was our publicist Julie Warmington who took the teams on a whirlwind journey through marketing and publicity. With over 20 years working in the entertainment industry, Julie has worked in a variety of fields including; marketing, publicity, digital marketing, social media strategy, with credits to her name with Sony BMG, MySpace, Rhythm & Vines, TVNZ, Sci Fi Channel, Channel 4, Warner Music, Virgin Music and Vertigo Films to name just a few. Julie worked on the launch of the first series of both Heroes and Skins in the United Kingdom.
Here she is mid-session with the Director of Street Smart Leigh Minarapa.
Our Executive Producers, Julia Parnell and Anna Jackson gave the teams a primer on Loading Docs production processes and crowdfunding strategies, laying the foundations for an epic celebration of short docs, NZ stories and filmmaking talent.
After much work and productivity we finished up with a chance to relax in the sun.
Next stop Crowdfunding!
Stayed tuned to see the progress of each team and follow us on facebook to keep up to date with the latest developments for Loading Docs: Change.
MEDIA RELEASE 4 FEBRUARY 2016
LOADING DOCS 2016: CHANGE
Loading Docs: the documentary initiative that produces short films and big talent.
Loading Docs, the online documentary initiative, is back for a third year to launch another ten cutting-edge, 3-minute shorts that tell true stories of transformation, growth, adversity and hope. The theme for this year’s selection is ‘change’.
From more submissions than ever before, a panel of industry experts have selected 10 incredible new projects. This year’s Loading Docs shorts will provide viewers with the opportunity to: meet the millionaire who became a shoeshine man, face ‘the end of the world’ with two teen poets, enter into medieval combat, discover how friendship changes when your best mate becomes a woman and much more. Some films share personal stories of dramatic change, others address major social, political and environmental changes, and all have the potential to change the way viewers think and feel.
After a fantastic year in 2015 the previous Loading Docs shorts are still spreading far and wide. The collections from 2014 and 2015 have been viewed over 1,000,000 times across all platforms – some international outlets include CNN Great Big Story, The Atlantic, The Guardian, National Geographic, The Daily Mail and The Japan Times. These little stories are packing a big punch with a long tail.
As in previous years, the 2016 Loading Docs shorts are supported by NZ On Air and the New Zealand Film Commission. They will be launched online on the Loading Docs website and on TVNZ OnDemand. Stay tuned for more information about the upcoming crowd funding campaigns and for launch details.
See previous year’s short documentaries here.
The 2016 LOADING DOCS: CHANGE shorts
Dir: Joe Hitchcock
Prod: Morgan Leigh Stewart
Four-year-old Dahlia leads us in her bittersweet world of blood, needles and sugar.
Dir/Prod: Ryan Heron, Andy Deere
Knight-in-waiting Martainn must battle his inner demons if he hopes to achieve his dream of becoming a champion in his beloved sport of full contact medieval combat.
Imagine the World is Ending
Dir/Prod: Doug Dillaman, Brendan Withy
Can two schoolboys change the world with a poem?
Same but Different
Dir: Louise Leitch
Prod: Sue Ruffell
Best mates, Byron and Neil, must re-calibrate their friendship when Bryon transitions from a man to a woman.
Dir: Leigh Minarapa
Prod: Nathaniel Lees
Being visible in a world that doesn’t want to see you.
Dir: Eldon Booth
Prod: Alex Lovell
Larry Woods is a shoeshine man on a mission to peddle goodwill and cheer; a far cry from his hedonistic days as a member of Auckland’s wealthy elite.
Water for Gold
Dir: Rose Archer
Prod: Sandy Wijetunge
An animated conversation with leading legal professor, Jane Kelsey, on how international trade law is leading us to trade water for gold.
How Mr and Mrs Gock Saved the Kumara
Dir: Felicity Morgan-Rhind
Prod: Arani Cuthbert
When two young Chinese refugees fall in love in 1955 their passion for each other and the land changes the way New Zealand farms kumara, our iconic indigenous crop.
Aka’ōu: Tātatau in the Cook Islands
Dir: Robert George
Prod: Lucy Cole
Against the odds an Englishman living with Cystic Fibrosis who has devoted his life to learning the ancient Polynesian art of tātatau (tattoo) and now he must find the right apprentice to continue the tradition, before it’s too late.
Dir: Greg Wood, Peter Alsop
Prod: Declan Cahill
A photo colourist from the 1950s picks up the cotton wool one more time to showcase the wonderful aesthetic of a lost art.
LOADING DOCS seeks new 3-minute documentary ideas for 2016.
After another phenomenal year LOADING DOCS once again seeks proposals from New Zealand filmmakers for creative and original 3-minute documentary shorts. The theme of CHANGE will unite the 2016 collection of documentaries.
LOADING DOCS has established itself as the pre-eminent platform for the distribution of high quality short documentary, boasting over 600,000 views for the 19 documentaries created to date. LOADING DOCS’ mission is to give the best and brightest New Zealand filmmakers the chance to tell their stories with creativity, vision and passion and share them with the world.
In previous years the themes of HOME (2014) and CONNECTION (2015) have united the collections of short documentaries. Providing the umbrella for 2016 is the theme of CHANGE. Be it physical, internal, external, social, political, emotional, irreverent, or psychological each short must have a strong sense of purpose, offering a concentrated story while delivering to a big picture suitable to generate public interest and media engagement.
Telling a compelling 3-minute story is a test of creativity, skill and ingenuity. Now it’s the turn of a new crop of filmmakers to be part of a movement that is transforming the way we make, tell and view documentary shorts in NZ.
“I was stunned, delighted, knocked out. More importantly, I was moved…here, in glorious hi-def. video, are fellow New Zealanders telling stories packed with emotion.” – Grant Smithies on Loading Docs 2015, Sunday Star Times, Aug 2015.
Funded by NZ On Air and with support from The New Zealand Film Commission, in 2016 LOADING DOCS will once again partner with TVNZ OnDemand, The New Zealand International Film Festival, Toybox and Sale Street Studios.
10 films will be selected with each receiving:
• Professional development opportunities including workshops on story and creative treatment, outreach and distribution strategies and will receive hands on support from LOADING DOCS executive producers, to ensure their short reaches the widest possible audience.
• $2,000 production funding, and an additional $2,000 matched funding to support a crowdfunding campaign (we’ll match each dollar your raise through crowdfunding up to $2,000).
• A colour grade and sound-mix from Toybox and Sale Street Studios. That a total budget of over $7,000 for each 3 minute documentary.
This is an opportunity for the best filmmaking voices in New Zealand take up the challenge and be part of this cutting edge short documentary initiative.
For more information about LOADING DOCS and to watch the documentaries produced for LOADING DOCS 2014 and 2015, visit www.loadingdocs.net.
• Saturday 21st of November: Submission deadline.
• December 2015: Selection announced.
• 23 & 24 January 2016: 2 Day development, outreach and crowdfunding workshop.
• February 2016: Crowdfunding campaign (30 days).
• March 2016: Film production officially begins.
• July 2016: Films launch and are shared and promoted in New Zealand and all over the world.
- Know exactly what your story is and be able to tell people what it is in one clear sentence. If you can’t sell it in a sentence it’s probably not a story, or you haven’t worked out what the story is yet.
- Once you have written your most hooky intro sentence, explain how your story unfolds in the most clear and logical way you can. If your documentary is in multiple parts, write a summary of what will be in each part.
- Who are the most important people in your story? Introduce them in a clear and inviting way. Include succinct bios of main talent, but not endless pages of culled articles presented in an unfocused manner.
- What is your documentary going to look like – explain your visual/audio treatment, that’s shooting style, editing style, and use of graphics and music.
- What is special about your documentary? Make sure you have really conveyed its essence and the heart of the story.
- Who are the key people working on your documentary, what is their background and what will they bring to this specific project?
- If you are working to a set budget, think about how you can achieve the result you want within those parameters. If you are preparing a budget, make sure you ask yourself a lot of questions about how realistic it is. Be careful not to over or under budget.
- Set your written submission document out clearly and tidily, and don’t include un-necessary information. Network Executives and Executive Producers are busy people with limited time to read. If you haven’t hooked them with your first page, another 100 pages won’t help you. As outlined in tips one to seven, start your proposal document with your most simple description of what your documentary is about, then explain that more fully, then outline who your main talent are, then explain your visual and audio treatment, then key production personnel and budget.
- If you’re no good at spelling and grammar, get someone who is to help you do your final draft. It does matter.
- If you are doing a verbal presentation as well, get to the point quickly and keep focused. Explain your concept clearly in your first sentence, and then work logically from there. Don’t waste busy people’s time by not cutting to the chase. Let your passion for your project shine out of you.
About Irene Gardiner
Irene Gardiner is a long-time television producer and executive producer, with a particular interest in documentary production. She is a former TVNZ Head of Commissioning and currently works part-time as the Content Director for the NZ On Screen website. Gardiner also continues to work as a freelance executive producer, with recent credits including the six-part documentary series Keeping it Pure, and the music documentaries Dragon and Rock Chicks. Gardiner is also a regular contributor to radio and television as a media commentator and television reviewer.
It has been a week since we launched our 2015 short documentaries with a great launch party and celebrated the success of 10 films with the filmmakers, special guests and friends and family. The short documentaries were screened to a packed theatre and the reception was glowing.
Pita Turei gave a captivating opening mihi to start the launch and the event was hosted by TV star Erin Simpson who asked the burning questions to each one of our filmmakers. We couldn’t have asked for a better venue at The Academy Cinemas and a huge shout out to Proper Crisps for providing the tastiest snacks to accompany the screening. Thank you to everyone that came along and for supporting our short documentaries.
Since we launched, there’s been some great news already. Gina has been Staff Picked on Vimeo and was able to garner more than 35K views and is continuing to climb. There has been a great response to our films already and we cannot wait for the 5 short docos to premiere at the NZIFF.
Check out our films here: Vimeo – Loading Docs.
In celebration of our launch, we invited a special guest Rebecca Howard (GM of Video at The New York Times) where she was able to share her expertise and help our filmmakers prep for their online distribution strategy.
In partnership with Script to Screen, a masterclass was held with Rebecca and industry professionals and she shared her strategies on digital content.
The Film Festival starts this weekend so make sure you are going out to check out our other 5 equally exciting documentaries on the big screen. Once each film premieres they will be online and on TVNZ OnDemand.