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Katja Adomeit, Benjamin Mirguet & Giona A. Nazzaro during First Cut Lab Ukraine

About us

First Cut Lab is a comprehensive training & consultancy programme supporting audiovisual professionals in Europe and worldwide, and their feature films at the editing stage. Created in 2015, First Cut Lab is run by Tatino Films – a company that also initiated the Full Circle Lab and the Pop Up Film Residency.

130 films from 40 countries have so far benefited from First Cut Lab. In 2020, we launched the First Cut+ programme to offer promotional & marketing consultancy to a portfolio of 16 films per year.

By providing a creative framework of exchanges that is simultaneously safe and challenging, First Cut Lab aims at enhancing the artistic achievement of the films, and at the same time at fostering their potential of international circulation. Participants receive expert advise from editor consultants and industry advisors chosen according to the specific needs of each film.

107 Mothers, by Peter Kerekes (2021)

Jacques Comets during First Cut Lab Istanbul


First Cut Lab was founded by its current director Matthieu Darras, together with Alessandro Gropplero and editor consultant Benjamin Mirguet. Julie Marnay works as program manager and Cornélia Paris as communication manager, whereas Naomi Levari and Wim Vanacker are actively involved as editorial consultants.


Regular editor consultants include Catalin Cristutiu, Jacques Comets, Agnieszka Glinska, Maya Maffioli, Sebastian Sepulveda, Matthieu Taponier, and Sebastian Winkels. Ilaria Gomarasca is in charge of First Cut+, working with a pool of promotion experts such as Boris Pugnet, Michael Arnon or Ioanna Stais. About 200 industry advisors have provided feedbacks on rough cut materials, usually producers, sales agents, and festival representatives.
The full list here!