First Cut Lab Turkey is a programme designed for 3 long feature fiction films in editing phase from Turkey. Selected producer/director teams will screen their full rough cut in a private session and receive expert feedback on their edit from three top 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 from 20-24 October 2019 during the Bosphorus Film Lab at the 7th International Bosphorus Film Festival.




Please find here below the complete guidelines and detailed information about the submission process. You can submit your application by filling out the online application form following this link. For any questions please contact us at


Please note: the deadline for submitting a project to First Cut Lab Turkey is:
12:00 (noon) SEPTEMBER 16, 2019. 

In order to submit your application and the required material, you need to complete the online submission form following this link
All application materials and subtitles should be in English.
Selected projects will be notified before the end of September.
The selection committee’s decisions cannot be appealed.


Submissions should include: A complete online submission form in English and video material with a minimum duration of 60 minutes and with English subtitles.
The video material submitted can be
selected scenes, a first assembly or a 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.

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 majority producer from Turkey.

There is no entry fee for applications and no participation fee for the workshop. Costs that will be covered upon selection: Accommodation Costs that will not be covered: Flight Once a project has been selected, both director and producer should be available during the days of First Cut Lab (October 20-24, 2019). The presence of the editor is possible, but not compulsory. Finished films that participated in FCL Turkey should mention the following sentence in the credit list: “This project has participated in First Cut Lab Turkey 2019, in collaboration with Bosphorus Film Lab” together with the FCL and Bosphorus Film Lab logos. Logos can be requested with the FCL project manager. .