from Wild Roots by Hajni Kis – First Cut Lab Trieste 2020


First Cut Lab Trieste is a programme designed for 3 long feature fiction films in editing phase from the focus countries of WEMW 2021: Israel and ItalyEspecially, First Cut Lab is encouraging minority co-productions with Italy to apply for the Lab.

The workshop will take place from 24-28 January 2021. 

The selected teams (director/producer/editor) are offered a creative framework, both benevolent & challenging, where to discuss and explore the artistic potential of their films. They screen their rough cut in a private session, and receive expert feedbacks from three international film industry advisors, as well as tailor-made advice from a consultant editor.

Once the workshop is over, they receive a report & a roadmap that can serve as guidance for further editing. Eventually, the ambition of First Cut Lab is to enhance the audience potential of the films. 



All applications must include: complete online application form and video material not less than 30 minutes long. In order to submit your application and the required material, you need to fill out this application form and send it in PDF to

Please find here below the complete guidelines and detailed info about the submission process.



Please note: the deadline for submitting a project to First Cut Lab is DECEMBER 4, 2020.

In order to submit your application and the required material, you need to fill out this application form and send it in PDF to

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
Application materials and subtitles should be in English.
Selected projects will be notified after mid-December.
The selection committee’s decisions cannot be appealed.


Submissions should include: A completed application form in English and video material with a minimum duration of 30 minutes and with English subtitles.
The video material submitted can be
selected scenes, first assembly or rough cut with a minimum duration of 30 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.
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 producer (majority or minority) from any of the following countries: Israel and Italy.

4. Specific Conditions

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

Costs that will be covered upon selection: Airport transfers. Accreditation to When East Meets West.

Costs that will not be covered: Travel, accomodation and meals.
Once a project has been selected, both director and producer should be available during the days of First Cut Lab (January 2021). 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 Trieste 2021” together with the FCL logo. The FCL logo pack can be downloaded here.