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FIRST CUT LAB 2019

First Cut Lab announces its Karlovy Vary and Kosovo selections

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- The workshop is also continuing its European expansion with new partnerships in Finland, Turkey, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Italy, and is returning to Poland as well

First Cut Lab announces its Karlovy Vary and Kosovo selections
After the Winter by first-time director Ivan Bakrač, which is one of the three projects selected for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

As announced earlier this year (see the news), First Cut Lab (FCL), the workshop for feature-length fiction films in the editing phase, will boast the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (KVIFF) as its second hub and will be present at Kosovo for the first time as well. Furthermore, the workshop, headed up by Matthieu Darras along with editor and editorial consultant Benjamin Mirguet, is expanding further with a number of new European collaborations.

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With two projects by FCL alumni, Scandinavian Silence [+see also:
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 by Martti Helde (Estonia/France/Belgium) and My Thoughts are Silent [+see also:
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by Antonio Lukich (Ukraine), premiering in the East of the West Competition at the KVIFF, the workshop has announced its selection, in partnership with the festival’s industry section Eastern Promises Industry Days. The three films at the editing stage that will be participating are: After the Winter by first-time director Ivan Bakrač (Montenegro/Serbia), produced by Ivan ĐurovićJanuary by Andrey Paounov (Bulgaria/Portugal), who is known for his Locarno-premiered documentary Walking on Water [+see also:
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, produced by Vanya Rainova; and Mica by Ismaël Ferroukhi (Morocco/France) (see the news), produced by Lamia Chraibi.

The first confirmed advisors for the FCL at KVIFF are Konstantinos Kontovrakis, producer at Greek outfit HereticAnna Ciennik, programme manager at Less Is More (LIM) and industry manager at the Les Arcs Film Festival, and John Nein, senior programmer at the Sundance Film Festival.

After Karlovy Vary, the FCL will be hosted in Kosovo for the first time, from 17-20 July, and two projects by debutant filmmakers have been selected: Looking for Venera by Norika Sefa, produced by Besnik Krapi; and Andromeda Galaxy by More Raça, produced by Sunaj Raça. FCL Kosovo is organised with the support of the Kosovo Cinematography Center.

What’s more, the FCL will also be pressing on with its expansion around Europe during the second half of 2019, with three new workshops and a recurring one. More precisely, two Finnish films will participate in the first-ever FCL Finland, set to take place from 11-14 September in Helsinki. Kari Paljakka, film commissioner at the Finnish Film Foundation, stated: “FCL is a new and exciting method and concept that will raise the bar and bring Finnish films to international audiences.” Straight afterwards, from 16-21 September, and as an integral part of the 44th Gdynia Film Festival, the fifth edition of FCL Poland will invite two Polish projects to participate and will once again be supported by the Polish Film Institute.

The first edition of FCL Turkey is being organised in cooperation with the Bosphorus Film Festival and will unspool from 21-25 October in Istanbul, where three Turkish projects will be selected. The festival’s artistic director, Emrah Kılıç, commented: “We are so glad to have reached an agreement with FCL. Three selected teams will receive tailor-made advice from a consulting editor and expert feedback from top international film professionals. The projects will be able to increase their sales potential and festival circulation.”

Finally, the RE-ACT (Regional Audiovisual Cooperation and Training) initiative will also host an initial session of FCL to support local talents and films. The initiative, which is being organised by the Croatian Audiovisual Centre, the Friuli Venezia Giulia Audiovisual Fund and the Slovenian Film Centre, with Film Center Serbia recently coming on board, will invite four projects (one from each participating member) to partake in a workshop in mid-November.

In parallel with these collaborations, the FCL core team is also being fleshed out. Wim Vanacker is joining as editorial consultant, and he will be directing and running the workshops. The rest of the team, aside from director Matthieu Darras, includes consultant editors Benjamin Mirguet and Matthieu Taponier, and programme manager Maartje Alders.

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