Balaur by Octav Chelaru First Cut Lab  - Transilvania International Film Festival

Men of Deeds by Paul Negoescu – Participated in First Cut Lab Cluj 2021


 First Cut Lab Cluj 2022 is a programme designed for 2 long feature films in editing phase from Romania.

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 consultant editor Agnieszka Glinska and editorial consultant Wim Vanacker.

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

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.

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Submission deadline:
15. May 2022

Transilvania International Film Festival - First Cut Lab


Submissions are now open.
The deadline for submitting the entry form is 15. May 2022. 

The workshop will take place in Cluj between 20. to 23. June 2022  (exact dates will be specified soon).


Selected projects will have to pay participation fees of 500 Euros before the program starts.


Workshop Schedule – Feature Films:

Please note: the deadline for submitting a project to First Cut Lab Cluj 2022 is 15. May 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.

Applications must be sent to:


Submissions should include:

  • A complete online submission form in English
  • Video material with a minimum duration of 30 minutes and with English subtitles

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.

The video material submitted can be selected scenes, first assembly or rough cut.
The video is mandatory to be available via streaming service password protected (e.g. Vimeo). No transfer services or cloud storage is accepted.


The project should be a feature film with international potential – minimum length of 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 to be in early editing phase.

To be eligible for the Lab, the project must come from Romania.


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 Cluj 2022 together with the First Cut Lab logo and the TIFF logo. The First Cut Lab logo pack can be downloaded here.


Transilvania International Film Festival - First Cut Lab