Following its success last year, Antenna invites Australian filmmakers to submit their documentary films for our second DocLab, to be held during the festival in October.

Supported by City of Sydney and Create NSW, DocLab is a one-day intensive workshop designed to help filmmakers to finish their films to the best of their creative potential and to find new pathways to reach global audiences. Three feature length documentaries currently at rough cut stage will be selected and their creative teams will receive coaching and access to local and international experts and decision-makers, who will provide advice in storytelling, editing, marketing, sales representation and festival strategies.

“We are thrilled to once again offer Australian filmmakers this unique opportunity to work with, and be mentored by, the high-calibre and prominent industry guests who are part of this year’s festival,” said festival director David Rokach

Hub Australia will host the Lab in their exciting brand-new premises in the landmark Customs House building at Circular Quay. “We are delighted to be hosting Antenna’s second DocLab, supporting talented Australian documentary filmmakers”, said Hub Australia Founder and CEO, Brad Krauskopf.

Leading the mentoring team is Anne Köhencke, the co-founder of Final Cut for Real, the 2-time Oscar®-Nominated company behind Joshua Oppenheimer’s The Act of Killing and The Look of Silence. She will be joined by distribution and deals expert Orly Ravid from The Film Collaborative in the USA, alongside Kellen Quinn, producer of multiple-award winning documentary Midnight Family. Rounding out the team are director and producer Rachel Leah Jones – director of Advocate – as well as Australian-based New Zealand editor Simon Price, who has brought his craft skills to films such as Antarctica: A Year on Ice and Ruin.
DocLab will be held on Monday 21 October. Applications are now open and close 13 September. To apply send the following to annie@antennafestival.org

  • 100 word synopsis of the film
  • 1-page director’s vision/treatment
  • 1 page producer’s statement
  • 1-page editor’s vision/treatment
  • Short biographies of director, producer and editor (150 words max each)
  • 1-page post-production schedule and predicted timeline for completion
  • Link to an on-line screener of the film’s rough cut, with password if required
  • 1 page bullet point document outlining the challenges experienced with the film’s current structure and / or problematic areas in the story, and if additional footage can be shot or sourced through archives.
  • 1/2 page summary of what has been achieved to date. At least five weeks must have been spent in edit prior to the lab.




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