First Cut Lab Brazil 2022

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First Cut Lab Paradiso Brazil is an online consultancy program designed for fiction feature films in early editing phase from Brazil. Up to 2 feature films will be workshopped during the 2023 edition. The program is an exclusive collaboration with Projeto Paradiso, a philanthropic initiative that supports filmmakers in Brazil.

The selected teams (director/producer/editor) are offered a creative framework, both mindful & challenging, where they can validate or revise editing choices, receive creative and technical feedback from new perspectives and explore the full artistic potential of their films. The rough cut is screened in a private online session after which they receive expert feedbacks from three international film industry advisors, as well as tailor-made advice from a consultant editor. Once the workshop is over, the participants receive a report & a roadmap that can serve as guidance for further editing. At the end of a 6-week period they will send a new revised version of the cut based on the feedback of the workshop. 

Eventually, the ambition of First Cut Lab is to enhance the audience outreach of the films and improve their chances to have a successful career in the international market.

Consultant and industry advisors will be appointed accordingly to the profiles of the films selected. An overview of regular consultants of First Cut Lab can be found here:

The organizers of the Lab will select up to two projects, on the condition they deem candidates successfully meet the criteria.

Submission deadline extended:
9. December 2022

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Extended deadline for submission: December 9, 2022
The program will take place online, and each film will be workshopped within the period from the 10th of January 2023 to the 24th of March 2023.

Each film is accompanied by First Cut Lab throughout the process, even though the core of the workshop usually takes place over two consecutive days. In a maximum of 6 weeks after the last session, a new revised version of the cut must be sent to the organizers of the Lab.

The exact dates of the Lab will be chosen in agreement with each selected team to best answer the needs of their films. A preferred period for the Lab should be mentioned in the application form.


All applications must include:
– complete application form and video material no less than 60 minutes longIn order to submit your application and the required material, you need to fill out the form. Please find here below the complete guidelines and detailed info about the submission process.

Applications must be sent to:


Please note: the extended deadline for submitting a project to First Cut Lab Paradiso Brazil 2023 is December 9, 2022.

In order to submit your application and the required material, you need to complete the submission form. All application materials and subtitles should be in English.  


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 a rough cut with a minimum duration of 60 minutes.

It is mandatory that the video is made available via a password protected streaming service  (e.g. Vimeo). No transfer services or cloud storage is accepted.


The project should be a fiction feature film with the ambition to enter the international market and the potential to premiere in a Class A international festival – minimum final total length of the completed film must be at least 70 minutes. 

First Cut Lab has no specific fixed criteria in terms of content and each project will be considered on its own merits. The main criteria for selection are the artistic & audience potential of the film, corroborated with the specific needs identified by the organizers in each project in regards to the specificity of the First Cut Lab 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 that they be in an early editing phase. The project should have a director and a majority producer from Brazil. The project should not have been selected by a WIP program prior to this workshop.


Once a project has been selected, both director and producer should be available during the days of the Lab. The presence of the editor is recommended, but not compulsory.

Finished films that participated in First Cut Lab 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 Paradiso Brazil 2023together with the the First Cut Lab and the Projeto Paradiso logos.


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