FDCP’s Call for Documentary Projects for International Film Lab Extended

Following its open call for long feature fiction films, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has extended its deadline for submission of Filipino documentary projects for the First Cut Lab Docs to March 31, 2019.

First Cut Lab

Along with its feature project counterpart, the First Cut Lab Docs is an international project and editing lab focusing on developing and elevating Filipino documentaries. Finalists and grantees of SineSaysay Documentary Lab and Showcase will participate and will get the chance to discuss their ongoing projects with selected experts during working sessions from April 11 to 17.

Two (2) Filipino creative documentary projects in post-production stage that merge artistic ambition and high visual quality will be selected by FDCP and will undergo an intensive post-production workshop.

International industry professionals will mentor the selected filmmakers and provide insightful feedback to help Lab participants produce the best version of their output. These include film editor, trainer, director, and festival programmer Benjamin Mirguet and film editor and DART film founder Natasa Damnjanovic.

First Cut Lab Docs Deadline Extension

For more information, read the official guidelines below.



The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) furthers its programs to encourage Filipino filmmakers to develop and elevate their films and stories, including documentaries, by international standards by bringing the First Cut Lab to Manila.

The First Cut Lab Docs invites film teams with a documentary at the finishing stage to present their rough cut to industry professionals in order to get comprehensive feedback and advice.

The idea is to support filmmakers in their editing process by screening their drafts and discussing them with a mentor, a film team, and selected experts during working sessions.

There will be an open call for documentary projects in the post-production stage. Two (2) Filipino documentary film projects will be selected by FDCP and will undergo an intensive post-production workshop. This is in addition to the four (4) projects under the FDCP’s SineSaysay Feature Documentary program.


Two (2) documentary projects in post-production will be selected as Lab participants.

  • The submission materials of all eligible applicants will be reviewed by a Selection Committee and will be shortlisted.
  • The FDCP Selection Committee and First Cut Lab mentors shall confer to select the final selection, ensuring the diversity of the lineup.
  • FDCP announces the final selection of projects by the end of March.


The First Cut Lab Docs is open to all Filipino filmmakers with documentary projects in the post-production stage.

The film’s director and producer or editor must attend the whole duration of the First Cut Lab Docs. Applicants must submit the following (in English format):

  • Secured online link of a minimum of 20 minutes of the scenes from the film. Scenes can be separate and can be in rough cut.
  • Logline (50 words)
  • Synopsis (1 page)
  • Director’s statement (Up to 2 pages)
  • Producer’s statement (1 page)
  • Director’s film biography (1 page)
  • Producer’s film biography (1 page)


Submission to the First Cut Lab Docs constitutes an agreement to all rules, regulations, and conditions contained in this document. Entries and all requirements can be sent to the following:

Subject: First Cub Lab Docs Submission – (Project Name)

To: sinesaysay@gmail.com

Deadline for submission of entries is on March 31, 2019.

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