from The Getaway King by Mateusz Rakowicz


First Cut Lab Poland is a programme designed for 2- 3 long feature fiction films in editing phase from Poland, supported by the Polish Film Institute. 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, to increase the sales, festival and circulation potential of the completed films. The workshop will take place online in July 2020, in cooperation with New Horizons International Film Festival’s industry event Polish Days.




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 here.



Please note: the deadline for submitting a project to First Cut Lab Poland is MAY 27, 2020.

In order to submit your application and the required material, you need to send your completed application form in PDF to: and
The application form can be downloaded here. All application materials and subtitles should be in English. Selected projects will be notified before 30th of June. The selection committee’s decisions cannot be appealed.


Submissions should include: A complete application form in English and 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.
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.
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 January 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 Poland.


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

Once a project has been selected, both director and producer should be available for the online Lab to be taking place in July 2020 (exact dates defined according to the needs of each project).

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 participated in First Cut Lab Poland 2020 at New Horizons International Film Festival” together with the First Cut Lab and New Horizons IFF logo.