Loading Docs is a launchpad for New Zealand documentary shorts and documentary careers. As an initiative, Loading Docs is committed to supporting and developing diversity in both filmmaking talent and the platforms on which New Zealand documentary stories are seen. The programme takes filmmakers from idea to distribution and provides participants with support, training and networks.
Attracting an audience of over 5.6 million viewers so far, Loading Docs is back for 2019 offering audiences a place to celebrate real New Zealand stories, unified by the theme of power. With unique access to iconic New Zealanders – such as world champion freediver William Trubridge and the man behind the ‘Nek Minnit’ meme – this year promises to be the most empowering yet. Awaken your imagination and see our world in a new light.
Seen on a myriad of platforms online, on demand and on the big screen. They have featured on high profile sites such as Short of the Week, The Atlantic, The World’s Best Ever, Great Big Story, Huffington Post, Upworthy, National Geographic and Film Shortage as well as achieving Staff Picks on Vimeo.
The success extends to primetime broadcasts in New Zealand, selection in festivals such as The NZIFF, Show Me Shorts, ImagineNATIVE (Canada), the 2015 Banff World Tour (US), FIFO (Tahiti), Sprout Film Festival (NY) and screening on Air New Zealand in-flight.
Loading Docs is funded by NZ On Air and made with the support of the New Zealand Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho.
“Here, in glorious hi-def video, are fellow New Zealanders telling important stories packed with emotion.
The catch? They have just 180 seconds to do so.”