Rough Cut Lab

As part of Visions du Réel Industry, the Rough Cut Lab invites four film teams, with a creative documentary at finishing stage, to present their rough cut to industry professionals in order to get specific feedbacks and advices.

The idea is to support filmmakers in the moment of editing. Four rough cuts will be screened and discussed together with a tutor and a moderator, the film team and some selected experts during a working session. 

Selection criteria
We are looking for four singular and original documentary projects that combine artistic ambition and high visual quality. We are interested in presenting a wide spectrum of practices and approaches.

  • The project should be intended as a creative mid-length or feature-length documentary
  • The shooting must be finished and a first editing achieved
  • We will focus the selection on first and second time filmmakers


The Raggioverde Subtitling Award, subtitle creation in one language, goes to the film project OUR DARK 70'S, by Ali Essafi. Congratulations!

Morocco, France | 80’
Ali Essafi – Cinemaat Productions | Marie-Clémence Paes – Laterit Productions
Expected release: June 2019

2019 Awards

Come and discover our 2019 Industry Awards here.


To see the detail of Rough Cut Lab projects selected during previous editions, take a look at our archives >



Where and When?

Rough Cut Lab 1

Mo 08 April - 10:00-13:30
Industry (la Mobilière) - Screening Room 2
In English

Rough Cut Lab 2

Mo 08 April - 15:00-18:30
Industry (la Mobilière) - Screening Room 2
In English

Rough Cut Lab 3

Tue 09 April - 9:30-13:00
Industry (la Mobilière) - Screening Room 2
In English

Rough Cut Lab 4 & Debriefing

Tue 09 April - 14:30-18:00 & 18:00-19:00
Industry (la Mobilière) - Screening Room 2
In English

One-on-one Meetings

We 10 April - 16:00-18:00
Industry (la Mobilière) - Open Space
In English

One-on-one meetings booked on site.

Registration required: [email protected]


Maria Bonsanti
Head of Program, EURODOC (FR)

Matthieu DarrasDirector, First Cut Lab (SK)

Marina Drozdova
Producer, Writer, Co-director of Flahertiana IFF (RU)

Rada Sesic
Head of Documentary competition & Co-head of Docu Rough Cut Boutique, Sarajevo Film Festival (BA)

Gion-Reto Killias
Film editor (CH)

Isabelle Ingold
Film editor (FR)


Gudula Meinzolt

Head of Industry
+41 22 365 44 53