The short documentaries feature stories of sex, death, love, loss, hope, friendship, culture and identity.
They provoke, inspire and awaken curiosity.
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.View more
The Barter Barber
An intrepid barber confronts his own mental health challenges when he travels the country on a mission to get men talking.View more
John the Baptist
Heeding God’s word, an Englishman travels to New Zealand to learn Māori so he can spread God’s love in te reo.View more
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.View more
In the exhilarating world of dirt track racing, female stock car driver Brooke smashes through every barrier to do what she does best.View more
The Crossroads: Le Māgafā
Reflecting on the four elements influencing his life journey, Samoan hip-hop artist Kas Futialo, aka Tha Feelstyle, seeks to inspire the next generation.View more
The Cube of Truth
Exposing the dark side of animal agriculture, a daring young couple take a surprising message of violence to the streets.View more
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.View more
The theme for 2017 is ‘diversity’. The short documentaries feature stories of sex, death, love, loss, hope, friendship, culture and identity.
They provoke, inspire and awaken curiosity.
He Kākano Ahau – From The Spaces In Between
A courageous takatāpui (Māori LGBTQI) activist is fighting for true diversity in our Gay Pride celebrations.View more
Hundreds of metres below the earth’s surface two men struggle to discover a new entrance into one of New Zealand’s most spectacular caves.View more
An artist and his real-estate agent alter ego clash over the age-old problem of art versus commerce.View more
Asian Men Talk About Sex
Eight Asian men challenge stereotypes and bare all as they speak candidly about sex, love and dating.View more
Ajax the Kea Conservation Dog
A passionate conservationist and his canine companion fight together to save New Zealand’s kea.View more
East Meets East
The honest musings of a Chinese grandmother brings an unseen community into the spotlight.View more
Kotuku Rerenga Rua
A larger-than-life Māori academic is returned to the land of the living by the power of love and the strength of his culture.View more
While preparing for a live performance, a poet reflects on his losing battle with a degenerative bone disease.View more
The Coffin Club
A group of rebellious, creative Kiwi seniors give death the finger, one crazy coffin at a time.View more
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.
As one of the original colourists for White’s Aviation in the 1950’s, Grace Rawson reminisces and revives the forgotten art of hand-tinted photography for the first time in over fifty years.View more
How Mr and Mrs Gock Saved the Kumara
When New Zealand gave two young Chinese refugees citizenship in the 1940’s they found an unlikely way to return the gift - by saving the almighty kumara.View more
Meet the millionaire who became a shoeshine man peddling goodwill and cheer throughout Auckland.View more
Knight-in-waiting Martainn must battle his inner demons if he is to rise to the occasion and lead the mighty Steel Thorns in his beloved sport of full contact medieval combat.View more
Four-year-old Dahlia takes us into her bittersweet world of blood, needles and sugar.View more
Ten years on, Regina Tito looks back at her life on the streets and delivers an image society desperately needs to see.View more
Imagine the World is Ending
Do today's young people have a right to be angry about the world they've inherited? Two schoolboys use poetry and a selfie stick to confront the problems facing the world.View more
‘Aka’ōu: Tātatau in the Cook Islands
An unlikely master of the traditional Polynesian art of Tātatau, Englishman Croc Coulter must pass on his knowledge to a new apprentice.View more
Water for Gold
Water for Gold tells the alarming story of how international trade law is leading us to trade our most basic rights to clean, safe water for access to gold.View more
In 2015 the selection of Loading Docs 3-minute shorts explored aspects of ‘connection’. The filmmakers behind this eclectic bunch of short documentaries comprise an outstanding line-up of filmmaking talent.
A watery portrait of our urban landscape reveals that when it comes to our cities there is more than meets the eye.View more
A cyclone threatens to destroy the harvest of Japanese winemaker Hiro Kusuda, forcing him to reflect on the fragility of life.View more
Madness Made Me
Down the end of the long polished corridor, Mary O'Hagan comes face to face with the condemning words written about her in her psychiatric files.View more
A woman suffering an extreme genetic disorder argues for her right to choose when and how she dies.View more
A group of cave dwellers beaver away night and day to create an immersive fantasyland, but is it really for the children?View more
Cultural icon and cinematic relic The Crystal Palace fights to hold off the final curtain call.View more
Conversations With Pets
Imagine if you could have a conversation with your pet... Faye Rogers can.View more
The first offering of the Loading Docs initiative in 2014 explored unique aspects of ‘home’ and showcased some of New Zealand’s finest filmmakers. These distinctive and original 3-minute documentary shorts were then made freely available online from May 2014.