The 2018/19 edition of CPH:LAB is closed for applications.


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. Since 2009 the lab has established itself as a highly acknowledged, ambitious and yet playful laboratory-style talent scheme showing great results.

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 the fall 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 looking 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.

We would like you to attend as a team which means finding the appropriate collaborator before the lab commences in September/October. If you would need help in finding the right collaborator, we will help you with that, to the best of our abilities.


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 will 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 will be 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.


Residential workshop in Copenhagen: September 28th-October 4th 2018

Market access workshop during CPH:DOX: March 20th-31st 2019 (workshop dates tbc)

In between the two workshops the participants will receive online mentoring.


In order to apply for CPH:LAB you have to be available for the two workshops in  September/October and March and able to commit to the process in between.

The workshop is free of charge and we will cover your accommodation and meals during your stays at the workshops.

Costs for transportation to and from the workshops in Copenhagen are at your own expense.


Find the list of participants and mentors in the 2018/19 edition of CPH:LAB here.


Head of Studies: Mark Atkin

CPH:LAB Manager: Katrine Sommer Boysen /

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