First Cut Lab Karlovy Vary is a programme designed for 3 long feature fiction films in editing phase: one from Central and Eastern Europe, one from Czech Republic and Slovakia and one from the Middle East and North Africa. Selected producer/director teams will screen their full rough cut in a private session and receive expert feedback on their edit from three top international film professionals (creative producers, festival programmers, sales agents, etc) as well as tailor-made advice from consultant editor Benjamin Mirguet. All sessions will be moderated by FCL Director Matthieu Darras. The main goal is to foster the artistic potential of the selected rough cuts and, at the same time, to increase the sales, festival and circulation potential of the completed films.

Submission Deadline: 13 May 2019

The workshop will take place in Czech Republic from 2 to 5 July 2019 during Karlovy Vary IFF in collaboration with KVIFF Eastern Promises.

DEADLINE: closed


All applications must include: a completed online application form and video material not less than 60 minutes long and with English subtitles. Please find here below the complete guidelines and detailed information about the submission process.

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Please note: the deadline for submitting a project to FCL Karlovy Vary is 13 MAY, 2019.

In order to submit your application and the required material, you need to complete the online submission form following this link

All application materials and subtitles should be in English.
Selected projects will be notified before 31 May 2019.
The selection committee’s decisions cannot be appealed.


Submissions should include: A complete online submission form in English and video material with a minimum duration of 60 minutes and with English subtitles. The video material submitted can be selected scenes, first assembly or rough cut with a minimum duration of 60 minutes.
The video is mandatory to be available via streaming service password protected (e.g. Vimeo). No transfer services or cloud storage is accepted.
Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.


The project should be a feature fiction film with theatrical and international market potential (minimum length of 70 minutes).
FCL has no specific fixed criteria in terms of content and each individual project will be considered on its own merits. The main criteria for selection are the demonstrable talent of the directors and/or producers, corroborated with the specific needs identified by the organizers in each project in regards to the specificity of the FCL workshop.
Projects should be new or recent.
Projects should not have been presented at any public screenings.
Projects should not have been previously presented to festivals for selection before March 2019.
The project can be in different stages of post-production, though it is highly recommended to be in early editing phase.
The project should have a director and/or majority producer from any of the following countries:

CEEAlbania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. 

Middle East and North AfricaAlgeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.


There is no entry fee for applications and no participation fee for the workshop.

Costs that will be covered upon selection: Accommodation for 2 nights for director and producer. Airport transfers. Accreditation to KVIFF Industry Days.

Costs that will not be covered: Travel and meals.
Once a project has been selected, both director and producer should be available during the days of First Cut Lab (July 2-5, 2019). The presence of the editor is possible, but not compulsory.

Finished films that participated in FCL should mention First Cut Lab and display its logo in their credits. The following sentence should be mentioned in the credit list: “This project has participated at First Cut Lab Karlovy Vary 2019” together with the FCL-KV logo. Logo can be requested with the FCL project manager.