Happy Family Night Market

One special Loading Doc hits the big apple this week with a screening of ‘East Meets East’ at Happy Family Night Market, in New York City.

HFNM is an annual event that celebrates the Asian diaspora through food, art, and education.

When: Saturday 13th July

Location: The Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St, New York, NY

Tickets: Click here

‘East Meets East’ explores the honest musings of a Chinese grandmother, bringing an unseen community into the spotlight.

79-year-old Fang Ruzhen immigrated to Auckland to help raise her grandchildren. Seventeen years on, English is still a foreign language, but she has found community with other elderly Chinese grandparents through her daily ritual of riding the bus to the Asian supermarkets of East Auckland.

Meet a group rendered invisible not only by their migrant status but also by their age. This is an often-untold perspective of those who do not assimilate but nevertheless are as much New Zealanders as they are Chinese.


Sheffield Doc/Fest

We’re pleased to announce eight Loading Docs will be shown at this year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest, as part of The Light Cinema Free Screen. Sheffield Doc/Fest is a world-leading festival celebrating the art and business of documentary and non-fiction storytelling across all forms. Each year the festival welcomes over 25,000 festival goers, this year running June 6th to 11th.


She Speeds – In the exhilarating world of dirt track racing, female stock car driver Brooke smashes through every barrier to do what she does best.

East Meets East – The honest musings of a Chinese grandmother brings an unseen community into the spotlight.

Soldiers Road – Connecting young Māori to their culture through art, Soldiers Road Portraits seek to reframe identity in an empowering way.

He Kākano Ahau – From The Spaces In Between – A courageous takatāpui (Māori LGBTQI) activist is fighting for true diversity in our Gay Pride celebrations.

Ajax the Kea Conservation Dog – A passionate conservationist and his canine companion fight together to save New Zealand’s kea.

What Logan Did – A tenacious young inventor, Logan Williams (Ngāi Tahu), concocts an ingenious scheme to battle the invasive algae didymo killing New Zealand’s rivers.

Hear Me Out – Mojo Mathers, Aotearoa’s first deaf MP, has one last chance to open the door for people with disabilities to fully participate in democracy.

Kareārea – Fern, a sassy kārearea (New Zealand falcon), worried about the future of her species, is on a mission to change her whānau’s bad reputation. (Also screening at free indoor selections; Family Shorts & Our Planet)

Want to find out more about Sheffield Doc/Fest? Click here.

The Free Screen is not ticketed and freely accessible. Will you be there watching? Let us know by tweeting us at @LoadingDocs.

Sir Hekenukumai Busby

The revered traditional Polynesian navigator and master waka carver sadly passed over the weekend. Sir Hekenukumai Busby is the subject of this year’s Loading Doc, He Hekenga Tūhura, by director Allan George, producer Justin Scott and associate producer Moehau Hodges-Tai.

He Hekenga Tūhura looks back on Sir Hek’s legacy and considers who will carry the mantle into the future. Sir Hekenukumai Puhipi (Busby) was made a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in February for his role in reviving Māori traditions of waka hourua (double-hulled voyaging canoes) and celestial navigation.

We are privileged to have worked with Sir Hek. He leaves an eternal legacy in Aotearoa that we at Loading Docs will both respect and cherish.

Kua hinga te kauri i roto i te wao nui a Tāne. E Tā Hector Busby, moe mai rā. Hoki atu ki Hawaiki Nui, Hawaiki roa, Hawaiki Pāmamao.


5.5 Million Views

Loading Docs 2019

One week before we introduce our new wave of 2019 filmmakers, we reach a new milestone of 5.5 million views of our Loading Docs collection. That’s more than the population of New Zealand.

Thank you for watching and sharing our stories. They have been shown on TVNZ, Air New Zealand, Māori TV, The Great Big Story, Upworthy, National Geographic, Huffington Post, dozens more, in your homes, on your phones and all around the world. Know someone who hasn’t seen them? Send ’em your favourite and we’ll meet you at the 6 million mark!

Can’t wait for you to see our 2019 collection and new theme of ‘power’ later this year. Until then, stick around for some big news on Wednesday…

LOADING DOCS 2018 – Launches with IMPACT

Loading Docs once again redefines the impact of New Zealand documentary with the launch of the 2018 collection.

This year’s dynamic crop of films, all inspired by the theme of ‘Impact’, showcases some remarkable New Zealanders who are making waves and inciting change. Tackling issues of disability access, men’s mental health, female empowerment and environmental disaster, the IMPACT collection of short films provoke, inspire and awaken curiosity.

With each story told in just three minutes, Loading Docs documentaries illuminate their subjects and characters with bright quick clarity; a tenacious young inventor battling the invasive algae didymo killing New Zealand’s rivers; a female Speedway racer smashing stereotypes; a pair of unicycling vegan activists; and a British Baptist preacher is called by God to learn te reo Māori.

With filmmaker development at its heart, Loading Docs implements a philosophy of fostering storytellers, pushing filmmaking boundaries and telling untold stories that communicate who we are as New Zealanders. LOADING DOCS is Aotearoa’s most successful short documentary initiative and in 2017 won the New Zealand Television Award for NZ On Air Best Web Series.

Loading Docs is a Notable Pictures initiative funded by NZ On Air, and also supported by the New Zealand Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho.