Powerful people. Powerful stories. Eight insightful short documentaries from strong New Zealand voices. Discover stories of family, fate, the fight for indigenous rights and the price of viral fame.



The theme for 2018 is ‘impact’. The short documentaries feature explorational journeys of social inequality, personal discovery and missions to fix wrongs in our lands. Provoking, inspiring and awakening your curiosity.



The theme for 2017 is ‘diversity’. The short documentaries feature stories of sex, death, love, loss, hope, friendship, culture and identity. Every story is different. Every story needs watching.




The theme for 2016 is ‘change’. The short documentaries explore this theme in a variety of ways. Some 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.




The theme for 2015 is ‘connection’. The short documentaries explored various aspects of a common theme. An eclectic bunch of stories comprised by an outstanding line-up of new and experienced filmmaking talent.




The theme for 2014 is ‘home’. The short documentaries are the first offering of the Loading Docs initiative in its inaugural year, showcasing some of New Zealand’s finest filmmakers. These distinctive and original 3-minute documentary shorts were then made freely available online.