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.

CPH:LAB Workshop I: September 13-20, 2019
CPH:LAB Workshop II: March 23-26, 2020 - Online due to COVID-19

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 supports:
  • innovation competences and entrepreneurial skills
  • storytellers open to new digital formats
  • new collaborative approaches between creative talents across sectors
  • new ways of defining stakeholders, creating and enhancing an audiovisual work’s relevance for its audience
  • alternative financing and distribution methods.

CPH:LAB looks 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 eager to work on a specific project between documentary and technologies, where interactivity supports the creation of a narrative universe exploring phenomena that individuals and society. 

Applicants are asked to attend as a team, which means finding the appropriate collaborator before the lab commences in September 2019. 

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 an idea, test it out, develop it, make a prototype, seek finance for it and bring it to an audience.

The lab is centred around an intensive 7-day project development workshop in September 2019 followed by a 3-day market strategy bootcamp during CPH:DOX in March 2020 with online development mentoring in between. Following CPH:DOX, all participants are assisted further in their efforts to access the market through partnerships with renowned arts organisations, markets and festivals established by CPH:DOX.

Target groupDirectors
Junior | Intermediate