First Cut Lab Ukraine 2021

Stop-Zemlia by Kateryna Gornostai – Participated in First Cut Lab Ukraine 2020


First Cut Lab Ukraine is a programme designed for 3 long feature fiction or documentary films in editing phase from Ukraine. 

Selected producer/director/editor teams will screen their full rough cut in a private session and receive expert feedback on their edit from consultant editor Benjamin Mirguet. Also, the teams will benefit tailor-made advice from international sales agents during three meetings.

Consultant and industry advisors will be defined according to the profiles of the films selected. Discover an overview of regular consultants of First Cut Lab.


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.

For any further information, you can contact us via email at: and cc: &

Submission deadline:
5. September 2021

Ukrainian Cultural Foundation - UCF Ukraine
Film Industry Association of Ukraine


 Submissions are now open.
The deadline for submitting the entry form is 5. September 2021. 

The selected teams will be announced on 10. September 2021.

The workshop will take place in Kyiv between 21. September to 2. October 2021.


Workshop Schedule – Feature Films:

Please note: the deadline for submitting a project to First Cut Lab Ukraine 2021 is 5. September 2021.

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: and cc: &



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 fiction or documentary 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 Ukraine.


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 Ukraine 2021 together with the First Cut Lab logo and the Ukrainian Cultural Foundation’s & Film Industry Association of Ukraine’s logos.

The First Cut Lab logo pack can be downloaded here.


Ukrainian Cultural Foundation - UCF Ukraine
Film Industry Association of Ukraine