First Cut Lab – Poland


First Cut Lab Trieste is a programme designed for 3 long feature fiction films in editing phase from Eastern Europe and Italy. Selected producer/director teams will receive tailor-made advice from a consulting editor and expert feedback from top international film professionals (creative producers, festival programmers, sales agents, etc). 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.


Deadline: December 6, 2018


All applications must include: complete online application form and video material not less than 60 minutes long. In order to submit your application and the required material, you need to create your own account and fill in the online form following the button below

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

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1. General Aspects
Please note: the deadline for submitting a project to First Cut Lab is DECEMBER 6, 2018.

In order to submit your application and the required material, you need to create your own account and fill in the online form following this link

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.
Application materials and subtitles should be in English.
The selection committee’s decisions cannot be appealed.

2. Submission
All applications must include the complete online application form.

It is mandatory for the submitted video material to have English subtitles.
The video material submitted can be selected scenes, first assembly or rough cut and must be not less than 60 minutes long.

The video is mandatory to be available via streaming service password protected (e.g. vimeo). No transfer services or cloud storage is accepted.
The application has to be finalized and submitted via following link with all the required documents by DECEMBER 6, 2018

3. Selection Criteria
FCL has no specific fix criteria 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 regard with specificity of the FCL.
Projects should be new or recent.
Projects should not have been presented at any public screenings.
The project should be for a feature film with theatrical potential (minimum length of 70 minutes)
The project can be in different stages of post-production, though highly recommended to be in its early editing phase.
The project can be from any of the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine and Italy.
There should be a potential international market for the project.
4. Specific Conditions
There is no entry fee for applications.
Once a project has been selected, both director and producer should be present during the days of First Cut Lab (January 20/23, 2019). The presence of the editor is not compulsory.

Finished films selected at FCL should mention First Cut Lab and display its logo in their credits. Preferably, the following sentence should be mentioned in the credit list: “[film title] has participated at First Cut Lab of When East Meets West”. The FCL-WEMW logo will be sent to the makers or editors upon request.