All advisers for the autumn workshops announced

Sep 5, 2019

The summer is gone, but First Cut Lab is rolling into the fall with full speed! The first edition of FCL Finland starts next week in Helsinki, swiftly followed by the fourth edition of FCL Poland to take place in Gdynia.

October will see the first edition of FCL Turkey in Istanbul (deadline for applications 15th of September). And in November the team will land in Ljubljana for the first edition in collaboration with RE-ACT, workshopping films from Croatia, Friuli Venezia Giulia region, Serbia and Slovenia.

For all these labs a group of great new advisers has confirmed their participation, find out below who they are!



Yvonne Andreas (Germany) – Head of Acquisitions, Press & Marketing, Festivals at m-appeal.

Anna Ciennik (Poland/France) – Project Manager at LIM & Industry Manager at Les Arcs FF 

Edvinas Pukšta (Lithuania) – Programmer at Black Nights Film Festival and Vilnius IFF. 

Organised together with the Finnish Film Foundation, FCL Finland will take place from 10-13 September 2019 in Helsinki.


Patricia Drati (Denmark) – Producer and story editor at Good Company Pictures

Benny Drechsel (Germany) – Producer at Rohfilm Productions

Myriam Sassine (Lebanon) – Producer at Abbout Productions

Organised together with Polish Film Institute during Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, FCL Poland will take place from 18-21 September 2019.


Arnaud Gourmelen (France) – Head of Programming at Premiers Plans

Konstantinos Kontovrakis (Greece) – Producer and owner of Heretic

Dagne Vildžiūnaite (Lithuania) – Producer at Just A Moment

Organised together with Bogazici Film Festival as part of the Bosphorus Film Lab, FCL Turkey will take place from 20-24 October 2019 in Istanbul. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS 15TH OF SEPTEMBER.



Christoph Gröner (Germany) – Artistic Director Filmfest Muenchen

David Hurst (France) – Producer and owner of Dublin Films

Naomi Levari (Israel/Germany) – Producer at Black Sheep Film Productions and Electric Sheep

Karel Och (Czech Republic) – Artistic Director Karlovy Vary IFF

Daniela Cölle (Germany) – Festivals & Acquisitions at Pluto Film

Organised in partnership with RE-ACT during the Ljubljana IFF from 18-21 November 2019.



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