Beach House Pictures internship,

Doc Edge, Beach House Pictures (Singapore) and the Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono are excited to announce our internship for documentary filmmakers, which will see them working with one of Asia’s leading production houses in Singapore.

About the internship

A montage of four photos showing Beach House pictures offices and studio

Beach House Pictures' Singapore office

One intern will be selected for this programme and will be based at Beach House Picture’s office in Singapore. The internship runs for three months, starting in January 2024.

Working closely with the BHP development team to brainstorm new ideas, answer pitch briefs from channels and clients, research and organise stories and write up documentary pitches for an international audience.

The candidate will also be attached to the BHP Production and Post Production teams to learn about the processes involved in documentary making from start to finish.

The intern will actively participate in and contribute towards premium documentary content being produced in Asia for regional and international audiences.

At the completion of the internship the intern will have actively contributed to several major documentary projects in various capacities.  This detailed exposure to the development and pre-production, production and post production processes will provide the intern with valuable knowledge, skills and techniques to successfully transform ideas and concepts into greenlit projects.

About Beach House Pictures and Doc Edge

Beach House Pictures (BHP), a Blue Ant Media production company, is one of Asia’s largest indies. Headquartered in Singapore and operating in the Japan and China, Beach House Pictures specialises in factual and unscripted programming for international streamers and cable networks.

About Doc Edge

Doc Edge is run by The Documentary New Zealand Trust, a not-for-profit charitable organisation based in Auckland, New Zealand.

It is New Zealand’s Oscar-qualifying premier international documentary film festival and delivers a public programme of screenings throughout the year including both in-theatre and as well as online events.  This also includes a strong education programme for students.

What we're looking for

Candidates should:

  • have a creative and enquiring mind, be confident in expressing new ideas, brainstorming within a team and developing ideas further
  • have excellent time management skills, the ability to multi-task and handle multiple pitches simultaneously whilst also able to consistently meet deadlines
  • be reliable, adaptable, have an interest in people and be able to work effectively as part of a team
  • be strong at conducting research and presenting findings
  • be a good writer and able to condense large amounts of information into a clear brief
  • watch a wide range of documentary programming from a variety of sources and be aware of what rates well and any trends in popular subject areas
  • have a minimum of 2-3 years industry experience working on content for major international broadcasters and streamers
  • be interested in developing a better understanding of Southeast Asia’s screen industry and to help develop opportunities between New Zealand and SE Asia.

Skill using Photoshop and Premiere Pro is an advantage.

BHP, Doc Edge and Asia New Zealand Foundation support equal access, diversity and participation for all minorities and welcome all applications. However, the over-riding principle behind selection of a successful candidate is based on merit.

What's covered

The Foundation will cover: 

  • airfares
  •  a travel insurance subsidy 
  • accommodation costs 
  • most living costs.

The intern will be required to contribute NZ$500 of their own funds to cover some living expenses while offshore.


Applicants must:

  • be New Zealand citizens or have permanent resident status
  • be in good health
  • be adaptable, mature, reliable and resilient
  • be interested in pursuing a career involving China and the wider Asian region.


How to apply

The 2023 application round has closed

Internship terms and conditions and reporting requirements

Applicants must:

  • take out appropriate travel insurance (subsidised by the Foundation)
  • write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience
  • participate in Foundation professional development activities and networking events after they return
  • refer to the internship as the Doc Edge, Beach House Pictures (Singapore) and the Asia New Zealand Foundation Te Whītau Tūhono internship.

Successful applicants will be required to agree to the standard Terms and Conditions for Asia New Zealand Foundation funding recipients.

Reporting requirements

Foundation interns are expected to provide two reports (web article and final report) on their experience, and to seek opportunities to share their experience on their return to New Zealand, and to remain engaged with the Asia New Zealand Foundation. Sharing your experience with others is an important part of this initiative as it enlightens others about developments in Asia. 

Interns are expected to write a 600-word article (with accompanying photos) on their internship that will appear on the Foundation’s website (to be submitted during the internship) and write a final three-page report evaluating the internship experience at the end of the programme.

The intern will be expected to create fortnightly 30-second social media videos about their ongoing experience to be delivered to both the Foundation and Doc Edge for their socials media and marketing use. 

You will be expected to provide a bi-weekly 30-second social media video about your ongoing experience to be delivered to both the Foundation and Doc Edge for their social media and marketing use.

Doc Edge will also host a session (live or online) to highlight the internships and have a conversation with the intern about the internship experience.

You will be expected to keep in touch with the Foundation and Doc Edge and inform them of any work or opportunities you may undertake that results from the learnings, experiences and networks you have gained from the internship.

Key dates

  • Applications closed August 2023
  • Shortlisted applicants will be notified by mid September
  • Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an in-person or online panel interview to select the successful candidate
  • The successful candidate will be advised by early October.   
  • All selected interns will be supported to attend a group induction day in Auckland in late November 2023
  • The internship runs for three months, starting in January 2024.


If you have a question about the internships, please first check our 'What you need to know' page and if your question is not answered there, email the Foundation’s project officer (internships) Joyce Bonde.