Applications are now open for the Antenna Rough Cut Lab, a one-day intensive workshop designed to help filmmakers to finish their films to the best of their creative potential and to find ways 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 decision makers, who will provide advice in storytelling, editing, marketing, sales representation and festival strategies.

Staged by the Antenna Documentary Film Festival in partnership with Shark Island Institute, the Rough Cut Lab will be held on Thursday October 11 at Shark Island Institute.

“We are super excited to be able to offer Australian filmmakers this rare opportunity to work with, and be mentored by, the high-calibre and prominent industry figures who attend our festival each year,” says festival director David Rokach.

US producer Gini Reticker will lead the Lab giving expert creative and strategic advice alongside technical and craft input from editor Rochelle Oshlack (Gayby Baby, Mabo, Miss Nikki, Tiger Girls).

Additionally, producer and distributor Heino Deckert and senior programmer of CPH:DOX, Mads Mikkelsen will be on hand to give advice about the opportunities and demands of the international non-fiction market.

Applications, which close on September 10, should be sent to with the following:

• 100 word synopsis
• 1-page director’s vision/treatment
• 1-page editor’s vision/treatment
• Bios of director and editor (150 words max)
• 1-page post production schedule and predicted timeline for completion
• Link /password to an online screener of film’s rough cut
• 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.
• Half-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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