The Tribeca Film Institute’s Director of Digital Initiatives Ingrid Kopp will lead the international mentor line-up at this year’s Doc Edge Lab in September. Kopp created Tribeca Hacks, TFI Interactive and curates the Tribeca Film Festival’s Storyscapes programme.This year’s TFI Interactive presented previous DOC Lab mentor, Wendy Levy, in a doco-specific session, Documentary, Expanding.
Through TFI’s New Media Fund, Kopp funds and supports non-fiction, social issue media projects (not necessarily films) with transmedia aspirations. Among those supported in the last round of funding was Joe Brewster & Michele Stephenson’s American Promise, which went on to win a Special Jury Prize at Sundance and played in this year’s Doc Edge Festival.
The DOC Edge Lab changes formats a little from previous years, offering a day of presentations and one of case studies and round-table discussions. It’s open to individuals and teams and will accept projects at both “idea” and “in development” stages.
For selected projects in development, there’s also the opportunity to get some in-depth mentorship and guidance.
As in previous years there’ll be a strong transmedia focus, and both ficton and non-fiction projects are accepted. Priority will be given to projects that are challenging and innovative in terms of their digital storytelling ideas.
The formal application process will be open by Friday. The deadline for applications is Friday 22 August. There’s no application fee, but there is a fee to attend the Lab. All the info is here. This year’s Lab will run Monday – Tuesday 15 – 16 September at Auckland’s AUT.