Opening Scenes Lab is a tailor-made programme for filmmakers presenting their first short film or student film in the Official Selection. It offers the filmmakers the opportunity to get better acquainted with the international market and its decision makers.

This year, Opening Scenes Lab activities will take place both online and on-site.

Opening Scenes Lab is a special programme for the filmmakers invited to the Opening Scenes section of the Festival dedicated to first short films or student films. Accompanied by some tutors, they get the opportunity to get better acquainted with the international industry for documentaries and its decision makers, to look for distribution for their short films as well as to meet potential partners for their next projects. They will take part in several networking events, always guided and accompanied by their tutors. 

The Opening Scenes Lab is accessible by invitation only.

Participants selection announcement: March 2021
Opening Scenes Lab Schedule

Sun. 18.04 – Thu. 22.04
all-day – Opening Scenes Lab (online / on-site, for participants only)

Wed. 21.04
10:00-13:00 CET – Opening Scenes Lab Up&Coming, Speed Dating (online)

Next call for films: September 2021

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