Rough Cut Lab Terms & Conditions – Edition 2018

Rough Cut Lab

As part of the Visions du Réel Industry, the Rough Cut Lab allows four film teams of a first or a second feature documentary at a finishing stage, to present their rough cut to several industry professionals in order to get some feedbacks and advices. The idea is to support filmmakers in the moment of editing. Four first rough cuts will be screened and discussed together with a tutor and moderator, the film team and some selected experts during three hours and a half. 

There is no registration or participation fee for this activity.

Selection criteria

We are looking for four singular and original documentary projects that combine artistic ambition and high visual quality with commitment for the subject and the protagonists. We are interested in presenting a wide spectrum of practices and approaches.


The Rough Cut Lab will take place during Visions du Réel, Festival international de cinéma Nyon from 13 to 21 April 2018. It begins on Saturday 14 April afternoon with a preparation session. On Sunday 15 April and Monday 16 April there will be 3 ½ hours sessions for each project. An individual tutoring is scheduled for the last half hour of each Rough Cut Lab session between the film's team and their tutor. A general debriefing closes the Rough Cut Lab.

We expect at least one representative of the film crew to present the project at Nyon personally and to be present during the whole time of the Rough Cut Lab. According to our experience, the participation is most efficient if both director and editor or producer are present. The rough cut has to have English subtitles and be sent to Nyon three weeks before the Festival. The tutor will watch the rough cut before the Lab and get in contact with the film team in order to prepare the session.

During the Rough Cut Lab in Nyon, the session begins with a short introduction and presentation of the project and the team. The screening of the rough cut will then be followed by an intensive Q&A session. The sessions are private and only open to the teams and selected guests: filmmakers, producers and (international) distributors.

The selected projects will be published and sent to the invited professionals before the Festival. During the Festival, the project information will be available in printed form.

A list of the invited professionals being present at the Rough Cut Lab will be available one week before the Festival.

How to apply?

Please submit your project in English; longer texts as treatment etc. you may send in French, German, Spanish, Italian. Please send us a protected link to view the visual material online (preferably) or send us a DVD. Please provide the whole rough cut or all scenes you edited until 15 December 2017.

The information given will be partly used for the leaflet. The teams of the four selected projects will have the opportunity to update the information in due time.

There is no registration or participation fee. We are pleased to offer you two lunches and assist you on logistics. Travel, hotel and additional meals are to be covered by the selected teams.  

The selected projects will get up to three free Industry 2018 accreditations and additional accreditations at a reduced fee (allowing the access to all the film screenings at the Festival and the Media Library online as well as to most Industry networking and training activities, although some require a personal invitation).

Registration deadline

The registration form online must be completed and the visual material uploaded on the 15 December 2017.

The selected projects will be notified at the end of February 2018.

Visions du Réel requires the VdR logo (sent on request) to appear in the credits of the film once finalized. The following sentence should be mentioned in the credit list : « (film title) has been presented at the Rough Cut Lab 2018 at Visions du Réel, Festival international de cinéma Nyon ». 

Contact & Information

Gudula Meinzolt, Head of Industry,, Tel.: +41 22 365 44 55

Participation in the Rough Cut Lab implies acceptance of these regulations.

Nyon, 30 September 2017