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Dreaming & Dying by Nelson Yeo – First Cut Lab Philippines 2021


First Cut Lab Philippines is a consultancy program designed for feature films in editing phase from Southeast Asian Countries: Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, East-Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and VietnamThe program is co-organized and made with the support of the Film Development Council of the Philippines.

The selected teams (director/producer/editor) are offered a creative framework, both protective & challenging, where to open up new perspectives and to explore the whole artistic potential of their films. They screen their rough cut in a private session, and receive expert feedbacks from three international film industry advisors, as well as tailor-made advice from a consultant editor. 

Consultant and industry advisors will be defined according to the profiles of the film selected. An overview of regular consultants of First Cut Lab can be found here: http://firstcutlab.eu/people/

Once the workshop is over, the participants receive a report & a roadmap that can serve as guidance for further editing. Eventually, the ambition of First Cut Lab is to enhance the audience opportunities of the films.

First Cut Lab Philippines workshopped films have had great successes in 2023 festivals, with Solid by the Seashore by Patiparn Boontarig (Thailand) premiering in Busan, Dreaming and Dying by Nelson Yeo (Singapore) in Locarno, section Filmmakers of the Present, or Hours of ours by Komtouch Napattaloong (Thailand) in Visions du Réel.


Submission deadline:
8 December 2023



Deadline for application form and supplementary requirements: December 8, 2023.

Deadline for film cut: until February 15, 2024.

The program will take place onsite in March 2024.


All applications must include: 

– complete application form and video material not less than 30 minutes long. In 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 and requirements must be sent to: projectlab@fdcp.ph with the subject: Full Circle Lab Philippines 2024 [(First Cut Lab) Application]


Please note: application form and supplementary requirements must be submitted on December 8, 2023, while the film cut may be submitted until February 1, 2024.

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


Applicants must submit the following:

• Duly accomplished application form

Dossier of the project including:
• Logline
• Short synopsis
• Director’s & producer’s intention notes
• Director’s and producer’s letter of intent
• Director’s, producer’s, and editor’s filmographies
• Production company profile and filmography
• High definition profile photo (.jpg format)
All requirements must be submitted in separate PDF documents.

Video material with a minimum duration of 30 minutes and with English subtitles. The video material submitted can be selected scenes, a first assembly or a 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.

All application materials and subtitles should be in English.


The project should be a feature film with international market 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. The project should have a director and/or majority producer from a Southeast Asian Country: Philippines, Brunei, Cambodia, East-Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam


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. Participants must be fully vaccinated and willing to travel to the Philippines as well as to comply with necessary COVID-19 travel restrictions.

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 Philippines 2024together with the First Cut Lab logo.


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