A programme for three selected Canadian feature fiction films in editing phase
Deadline: August 15, 2021

Presented by Netflix as part of FNC Forum, First Cut Lab FNC Montréal is a programme designed for three selected Canadian feature fiction films in editing phase. The selected producers/directors teams will screen their rough cuts in a private session and receive expert feedback on their edits from international film professionals (creative producers, festival programmers, sales agents, etc), as well as tailor-made advice from a consultant editor.

The main goal is to foster the artistic potential of the selected rough cuts and, at the same time, increase the sales, festival and circulation potential of the completed films. The workshops will take place online between October 6 and 17, 2021



All applications must include: complete application form and video material not less than 20 minutes long. Please find here below the complete guidelines and detailed info about the submission process. You can download the application form here.

For any further information you can contact us via email at [email protected] and CC: [email protected]


Deadline: August 15, 2021

Downloadable application form: english

In order to submit your application and the required material, you need to send your completed application form in PDF to: [email protected] and CC: [email protected]

Application materials could be in English or French, and subtitles should be in English. The selected projects will be notified at the beginning of September 2021. The selection committee’s decisions cannot be appealed.


Submissions should include: 

- A complete application form in English or French.

- An online link to video material with a minimum duration of 20 minutes and with English subtitles. The video material submitted can be selected scenes, first assembly or rough cut with a minimum duration of 20 minutes and maximum of 2 hours 30 minutes.

The video is mandatory to be available via password protected streaming service (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 fiction film with theatrical and international market potential (minimum length of 70 minutes).

It is recommended to take note of FNC's mandate and artistic guidelines before sending projects:

The project should be new or recent: it should not have been presented at any public screenings and not have been presented to festivals for selection before August 15, 2021.

The project can be in different stages of post-production, though it is recommended to be in early editing phase. The project should have a director and/or a majority of producers from Canada.


There is no entry fee for applications and no participation fee. 

IMPORTANT: Once the project has been selected, both the director and the producer should be available for the online Lab to be taking place between October 6 and 17, 2021.

If a selected team needs more flexibility, FCL teams can adapt the dates of the workshops.

The following sentence should be mentioned in the credit list: “This project participated in First Cut Lab FNC Montreal 2021 at Festival du nouveau cinema de Montreal” together with the First Cut Lab and FNC logo.

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