Small documentaries that make a big impact

Press Release – Loading Docs

Thursday May 24, 2018
For Immediate Release

Loading Docs 2018 Shorts: Impact
Small documentaries that make a big impact

May 24, 2018 (Auckland)LOADING DOCS, Aotearoa’s most successful short documentary initiative, returns for 2018 with 10 new filmmaking teams ready to turn their ideas into short films that make a lasting impact.

This year the initiative celebrates its fifth year of producing three-minute Kiwi documentaries that screen online, on demand and on the big screen. The team at LOADING DOCS has been through a rigorous selection process to choose these films by some of Aotearoa’s most exciting documentary talent, maintaining their commitment to fostering and promoting New Zealand filmmakers.

Last year, LOADING DOCS was awarded the NZ On Air Best Web Series at the 2017 TV Awards confirming the significant impact the initiative has made on audiences and the filmmaking industry, which has prompted the theme for the 2018 films to be just that: impact. As in previous years, the filmmakers were asked to submit a unique concept that relates to the theme, and as always the broad interpretations of that theme mean that the films are diverse, creative, inspiring and ready to make an impact.

With support from principal funder NZ On Air, along with the New Zealand Film Commission and Te Mangai Paho, LOADING DOCS will help fund, create and distribute the ten digital shorts. Additionally, the filmmakers must now pitch their films on crowdfunding platform BOOSTED, providing them with a vital opportunity to connect with their potential audiences while raising the extra funds they will need to complete the film to the highest level. The BOOSTED campaigns launch on May 24th and the teams will have one month to reach or exceed their goal of $2000 at which point they will receive an additional $4450 from LOADING DOCS plus a post-production package from Department of Post.

The founders of LOADING DOCS, Julia Parnell and Anna Jackson, are proud to be embarking on this project of professional development once again and are excited to see these powerful and thought provoking short films come together. “Every year we are completely blown away by how these talented documentarians come up with original, brave and captivating ideas and turn them into these perfectly formed little cinematic gems” says Parnell. “The films from previous years have exceeded 5.1 million views so the filmmakers really do have an opportunity here to have their film make an impact and be seen all over the world.”
Announcing the 2018 LOADING DOCS: IMPACT teams and projects

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