5 Reasons to Submit

Loading Docs will return for 2021 with the 8th season of the award-winning short documentary initiative. Filmmakers around Aotearoa are submitting ideas now for 8-minute documentaries under the theme of Tūmanako/Hope. So, why should you submit to Loading Docs?


1. Get Your Work Seen

Almost 15 million people around the world have watched a Loading Docs short. They’ve been seen on television, at cinemas, film festivals, on public outdoor screens and even onboard Air NZ flights. These little films get huge exposure on an international level.

2. Platforms & Film Festivals

The New Yorker, The Guardian, Short of the Week and National Geographic are just some of the platforms our shorts have been shown on. Loading Docs also get submitted to film festivals large and small. They have screened everywhere from DOC NYC to SXSW. Sheffield Doc/Fest, Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts, New Zealand International Film Festival and more.

3. Professional Development

Offering a unique professional development opportunity, the selected filmmakers will receive high-level mentorship from co-founder Julia Parnell, (Director of the SIX60 Movie, The Chills Film, Anthems), Juliette Veber (Trouble is my Business, Conversations with Teen Mums) and acclaimed international filmmakers throughout our 2021 workshops.

4. Feature Films

Loading Docs can be a stepping stone to feature films, with Loading Docs alumni having gone on to direct and produce films including She Shears. One Loading Docs short went on to become a full-feature, Wilbur Force became Wilbur: The King In The Ring.

5. The Experience

New and experienced filmmakers come together and experience the entire journey together, from the initial crowdfunding stage, right through production and post-production, coming together for a celebratory night at the Loading Docs premiere in an Auckland cinema.

Want to find out more about how to submit? Click here.

Submission deadline December 14th