First Cut Lab FNC Montreal is a programme designed for 3 selected feature fiction films in editing phase from Canada, supported by the Festival du nouveau cinema de Montreal and presented by Netflix. Selected producer/director teams will screen their rough cut in a private session and receive expert feedback on their edit from three international film professionals (creative producers, festival programmers, sales agents, etc) as well as tailor-made advice from a consultant editor.

The main goal is to foster the artistic potential of the selected rough cuts and, at the same time, increase the sales, festival and circulation potential of the completed films. Depending on preferences, the workshop will take place online between August and September 2020, as part of FNC Forum, Festival du nouveau cinema de Montreal industry event.



All applications must include: complete application form and video material not less than 20 minutes long. Please find here below the complete guidelines and detailed info about the submission process. You can download the application form in ENGLISH and in FRENCH.

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Please note: the deadline for submitting a project to First Cut Lab FNC Montreal is July 20, 2020.

In order to submit your application and the required material, you need to send your completed application form in PDF to: and CC:

The application form can be downloaded here in ENGLISH and in FRENCH. Application materials could be in English or French, and subtitles should be in English. Selected projects will be notified before August 17. The selection committee’s decisions cannot be appealed.


– A complete application form in English or French
In this form, you will be able to specify your preference as to the time of the workshop:
Between 15 and 31 August 2020
Between 1 and 15 September 2020
Between 16 and 30 September 2020

– An online link to video material with a minimum duration of 20 minutes and with English subtitles. The video material submitted can be selected scenes, first assembly or rough cut with a minimum duration of 20 minutes and maximum of 2 hours 30 minutes.

The video is mandatory to be available via password protected streaming service (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.

It is recommended to take note of FNC’s mandate and artistic guidelines before sending projects:

Projects should be new or recent: they should not have been presented at any public screenings and not have been presented to festivals for selection before July 20, 2020.

The project can be in different stages of post-production, though it is recommended to be in early editing phase. The project should have a director and/or majority producer from Canada.


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

IMPORTANT: Once a project has been selected, both director and producer should be available for the online Lab to be taking place between 15 August and 30 September 2020 (exact dates defined according to the needs of each project).

The following sentence should be mentioned in the credit list: “This project participated in First Cut Lab FNC Montreal 2020 at Festival du nouveau cinema de Montreal” together with the First Cut Lab and FNC logo.