from 107 Mothers (ex-Censor) by Peter Kerekes – First Cut Lab On Demand 2020 & First Cut+ Trieste 2021


First Cut Lab Slovakia was a consultancy program designed for 2 feature films in editing phase from Slovakia.

The selected teams (director/producer/editor) were offered a creative framework, both benevolent & challenging, where to open up new perspectives and to explore the whole artistic potential of their films.

They screened their rough cut in a private session, and received expert feedbacks from three international film industry advisors, as well as tailor-made advice from consultant editors. The discussions are moderated by editorial consultant Wim Vanacker.

Advisers chosen were:

Frédéric Corvez (France) – Founder of URBAN GROUP

Maria Drandaki (Greece) – Producer for Homemade Films

Suzy Gillett (United Kingdom/Morocco) – Teacher at ESAV Marrakech & Barbican Center / iFeature Lab Producer 

Stefan Ivančić (Serbia) – Director, producer & programmer

Dorotha Lech (Poland/Canada/United States/Estonia) – Independent Curator & Programmer for Toronto International Film Festival & Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival

Myriam Sassine (Lebanon) – Producer for Abbout Productions

Consultant editors from First Cut Lab chosen were:

Benjamin Mirguet (France)

Matthieu Taponier (France/United Stated)


Once the workshop was over, the participants received 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.

The Lab took place online, and each film will be workshopped within the period from 15. February to 15. April 2021. The program was made possible thanks to the financial support of the Slovak Audiovisual Fund.