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Riders by Dominik Mencej – First Cut Lab Re-Act 2019


First Cut Lab RE-ACT is a comprehensive consultancy & training program designed for feature films in editing phase from Croatia, Friuli Venezia Giulia region, Serbia and Slovenia. Films can be fiction or documentary.

The selected teams (director/producer/editor) are offered a creative framework, both protective & challenging, where to open up and to explore new artistic perspectives for their films. Participants receive expert feedbacks on their rough cut from three international film industry advisors, as well as tailor-made advice from a consultant editor. The are also provided with a memo report that can serve as guidance for further editing.

Editor consultants & Industry advisors will be defined according to the profiles of the films selected.  An overview of regular Industry advisors of First Cut Lab can be found here:

First Cut Lab RE-ACT is made in cooperation and with the financial support of the RE-ACT initiative, notably allowing the absence of tuition fee for the participating projects.

Submission deadline:
15. April 2023

re-act logo - First Cut Lab Re-act 2021


Deadline for submission: 15. April 2023

The program will take place online, and each film will be workshopped within the period from 10. May 2023 to 30. September 2023.
Each film is accompanied by First Cut Lab for a period of roughly 6 weeks, even though the core of the Lab takes place over two consecutive days.
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.

N.B.: Projects potentially interested in First Cut Lab Re-Act 2023, but that are not able to provide video material by April, 15 2023 (e.g. because the principal photography of the film is not over, or because it has not taken place yet), should still fill out the application form and apply by this deadline. If eligible, they will be contacted by First Cut Lab to agree on a specific deadline to provide their video material.

A 2nd call will be published later this year with submission deadline on October 15, 2023 for projects to be workshopped between November 2023 and April 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 must be sent to: 


Please note: the deadline for submitting a project to First Cut Lab RE-ACT 2023 is April 15th, 2023.

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 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.

Incomplete applications will not be taken into consideration.


The project should be a feature film (fiction & documentary) 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 Croatia, Friuli Venezia Giulia region, Serbia or Slovenia. 


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 for the editing consultancy sessions.

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 RE-ACT 2023together with the First Cut Lab logo and the RE-ACT logo.