RE-ACT Workshop

Call for First Cut Lab RE-ACT 2022

First Cut Lab RE-ACT is a comprehensive consultancy & training program designed for 4 feature films in editing phase from Croatia, Friuli Venezia Giulia region, Serbia and Slovenia. Films can be fiction or documentary. First Cut Lab RE-ACT offers a 4-month trajectory, with activities ranging from editing consultancy to the acquisitions of skills in marketing, promotion, and audience engagement.

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.
These editing consultancy sessions take place between mid-October and mid-November 2022, according to the needs of each project.

Editor consultants & Industry advisors will be defined according to the profiles of the films selected. Editor consultants will include top notch editors Benjamin Mirguet, Catalin Cristutiu, Agnieszka Glinska, and Maya Maffioli. An overview of regular Industry advisors of First Cut Lab can be found here:

But wait, there's more! For the first time this year, the 4 selected feature films taking part in First Cut Lab RE-ACT will have the opportunity to be automatically selected to participate in the First Cut+ Trieste program, taking place from late November 2022 to January 2023. The main goal of First Cut+ is to boost the competitiveness and marketability of feature films. It consists in the promotion of a portfolio of 8 feature films at the stage of post-production.

Before, during, and after their presence at Trieste's When East Meets West, the films are promoted through complementary activities, ultimately fostering their visibility.
Firstly, the film teams are being offered a series of consultations & lectures given by industry experts in the field of film promotion. Secondly, a work-in-progress session takes place in front of a selected audience of industry professionals. Thirdly, each film benefits from an individualized road map & follow-up for sales and international circulation.

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.

Deadline for submission: 15. October 2022

The Lab will take place in three different steps:

  • The editing consultancy workshop will take online, during the period 15. October - 15. November 2022. The core of the Lab takes place over three consecutive days for each film. If a selected team needs more flexibility, our teams can adapt the dates of the workshop.
  • The marketing & promotion consultancy workshop will take place online, during the period 23. November - 23. December 2022, with a series of lectures & individual consultancies.
  • The works-in-progress session takes place in Trieste (Italy) in the frame of the When East Meets West Co-Production Forum from 22nd to 25th of January 2023.

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 2022 is October 15th, 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.

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 2022” together with the First Cut Lab logo and the RE-ACT logo.