First Cut Lab FNC Montreal was 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 screened their rough cut in a private session and received expert feedback on their edit from three international film professionals. The industry advisers that feedbacked the selected films for this workshop were:

Isabel Ivars – Head of Festivals at Films Boutique (Germany)

Weijie Lai – Producer E &W Films (Singapore and Canada)

Kathleen McInnis – Publicist at See-Through Films (USA)

Andrea Stavenhagen – Head of Industry at Morelia IFF (Mexico)

Alesia Weston – Creative Director of accelerator Starfish (USA)

Each film was assisted by our consultant editor Benjamin Mirguet and First Cut Lab director Matthieu Darras.

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. The workshop took place online between August and September 2020, as part of FNC Forum, Festival du nouveau cinema de Montreal industry event.