First Cut Lab Poland is a programme designed for feature fiction films in editing phase from Poland. 

Selected producer/director teams will screen their full rough cut in a private session and receive expert feedback on their edit from three international film advisors (including Head of Lab Matthieu Darras), as well as tailor-made advice from consultant editor Benjamin Mirguet.

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.

The workshop will take place from 18-21 September 2019 in Gdynia during the Polish Film Festival.



Please find below the guidelines and detailed information about the submission process.

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1. General Guidelines

The deadline for submitting a project to First Cut Lab Poland is AUGUST 20, 2019.

In order to submit your application and the required material, you need to send the completed the submission form to


All application materials and subtitles should be in English.
Selected projects will be notified before 1st of September 2019.
The selection committee’s decisions cannot be appealed.

2. Submission Requirements

Submissions should include: A completed submission form in English and video material with a minimum duration of 60 minutes and with English subtitles.
Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
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.

3. Selection Criteria

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 June 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 Poland.

4. Specific Conditions

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

Once a project has been selected, both director and producer should be available during the days of First Cut Lab: September 18-21, 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 Poland 2019” together with the FCL logo.