from My Thoughts Are Silent by Antonio Lukić – First Cut Lab Ukraine 2019


First Cut Lab Ukraine is a programme designed for 3 long feature fiction films in editing phase from Ukraine. 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 online from 14 to 18 September 2020. There will be an additional program in Kyiv for Ukrainian participants during the week of the workshop. As a side event, there will also be a public panel discussion « Revenus from international sales and distribution of the films » with practical cases on the international sales and distribution on 16. September.

First Cut Lab in Ukraine is supported by the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation, and is co-organized by the Film Industry Association of Ukraine.



All applications must include: complete application form and video material not less than 30 minutes long. Please find here below the complete guidelines and detailed info about the submission process. You can download the application form here.

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Please note: the deadline for submitting a project to First Cut Lab Ukraine is JULY 30, 2020.

In order to submit your application and the required material, you need to send your completed application form in PDF to:
The application form can be downloaded here.
All application materials and subtitles should be in English.
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 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.
Projects should not have been previously presented to festivals for selection before June 2020.
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 Ukraine.


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  during the days of First Cut Lab. 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 participated in First Cut Lab Ukraine 2020” together with the First Cut Lab logo.