Project development / Co-production / Audience development, marketing, distribution & exhibition / Management & financing


new visions/new partnerships/new markets

CPH:LAB is CPH:DOX’s talent development programme that encourages creative risk taking, celebrates raw talent, facilitates collaboration across borders and business sectors and supports visionaries to push the existing boundaries of documentary filmmaking.

Dates for the 2019/2020 year will be made available as soon as possible.
The lab is conceived as an incubator for documentary projects that seek to explore the potential of digital technologies and advance new visions of what a documentary can be in a digital age. It offers a space for experimentation and collaboration in creative, cross-disciplinary partnerships across film, the creative arts, science, technology and social entrepreneurship.

CPH:LAB assists the development, production and launch of a number of documentary projects, that push the envelope in terms of creativity and the use of technology to create an impact on people and society through new ways of storytelling, for new platforms, reaching new audiences.

The lab’s central focus is an intensive 7-day project development and prototype workshop in autumn 2018 followed by a 3-day strategy bootcamp and market access workshop during CPH:DOX in March 2019 with online development mentoring in between. In addition participants will be assisted further in their efforts to access the market through partnerships with renowned arts organisations, pitching forum markets and festivals established by CPH:DOX.

CPH:LAB is for 8-10 projects developed by around 20 participants from all over the world, but primarily Europe. The lab is for filmmakers, storytellers and creative technologists who are either working on a specific project or are eager to explore the field in new ways.

CPH:LAB provides the space and the structure for participants to work on a specific project with a collaborator and a team of expert mentors, in order to hone the idea, test it out, develop it, make a prototype, seek finance for it and then bring it to an audience.

During the workshop in September you test and develop the story and the concept with help of a team of international cross-disciplinary experts from the fields of documentary filmmaking, theatre, immersive media, game development, product design, art and interactive storytelling as well as the collective brains trust of your peers on the lab.

The aim is to create the first pass of a prototype during the course of the lab that can be used to secure funding, and this will be followed by a finance, exhibition and distribution plan, after which we will steer you through to  markets and events run by our partners. There will be online mentoring after the lab itself and we will bring you back to show more developed prototypes at CPH:DOX in March next year, to additional funders, festival programmers, distributors or other potential supporters. And of course any completed projects will have priority consideration for inclusion in the festival programme.
Target groupDirectors
Requirements Each year CPH:LAB handpicks 20 European and international film talents, who are at a junior or intermediate level of their career -- primarily filmmakers who have already completed at least one film with an international potential. CPH:LAB specifically looks for curious and ambitious talents with an international outlook, who are ready to embrace the opportunities of the digital shift, to explore new development processes in creative teams and to take ownership of - and responsibility for - this shift.


Junior | Intermediate