The Labs was a 12-month early development mentorship offered to 6 Australian film teams in 2018. Each was supported through a combination of residential storytelling workshops and industry sessions lead by the team at Shark Island Institute and a network of global and local screen leaders. More >
The film teams developed their stories and impact campaigns supported by industry professionals: Kristen Feeley (Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program), Jenny Raskin (Impact Partners NYC), Mark Monroe (Screenwriter & Producer ‘Icarus’, ’The Cove’) and Philippa Bateman (Producer ‘Jindabyne’)
The year-long mentorship offered an extraordinary opportunity for filmmakers to hone their stills as independent storytellers and social impact filmmakers.
Three of the projects developed through the labs have been successfully released to national and international acclaim.
— the Unauthorised Biography
Directors: Daniella Ortega & Niobe Thompson
Producers: Niobe Thompson & Sonya Pemberton
Working title: The Investigative Artist
Director: Yaara Bou Melhem
Producer: Ivan O’Mahoney
Working title: Democracy for Sale
Director: Craig Reucassel
Producer: Aline Jacques
Other films have been reimagined as shorts or continue in development.
The co-directors of Between Us
chose not to continue with
the development of the story.