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Doc Edge 2012 festival done, Lab in wings

This year’s Doc Edge festival closed on Queen’s Birthday weekend, and preparations are now in full swing for DocLab, this year relocated away from the festival and forum events.

At the festival, Wellington’s overall audience was larger than that in Auckland for the first time in its seven year history, off an identical number of festival screenings. The most popular titles screened (across both cities) included two NZ features, each getting world premiere screenings at Doc Edge, Grant LaHood’s Intersexion and NZ’s first 3D feature doco, Rachael Wilson’s Yakel 3D.

Among the internationals, opening night film Revenge of the Electric Car, William Shatner’s Star Trek musings in The Captains, Ross Ashcroft’s GFC-themed Four Horsemen and Anne Gyrithe Bonne’s Aung San Suu Kyi — Lady of No Fear all sold well.

DocLab, which runs its third edition 13 – 15 July at AUT Business School, has extended its deadline to 4pm Friday 29 June.

The three-day incubator programme will select up to 12 teams to participate. Returning mentors include UK-based B3 Media’s founder and MD Marc Boothe, a highly-rated speaker at last year’s Forum; and AUT’s French-born, NZ-resident new media lecturer Laurent Antonczak, a man who can make a mobile phone do almost anything.

Other international mentors include German creative producer Ele Janssen and strategist Lina Srivastava from the US. Locally-based mentors include producer and director Justin Benn and digital media practitioner Damian Rosewarne.

Further info and application details for DocLab are here.

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