CPH:LAB is open for submissions! We look forward to welcoming projects at the intersection of art, science and society, by artists keen to explore new forms of expression in factual storytelling, to the 2022-2023 edition starting in September 2022 and ending at CPH:DOX in March 2023.

This open call offers artists the opportunity to develop their project during a multi-months incubator that, together with a group of international mentors and tutors, will explore the potential of digital interactive 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 storytelling, the creative arts, science, technology and social entrepreneurship.‍ We encourage artists from different career stages and artistic backgrounds to submit their projects for this opportunity. Read more about previous selected projects here

The training programme runs as a combination of onsite and online workshops and mentoring sessions spanning from September 2022 to February 2023. Nine teams will develop a prototype of their interactive and immersive projects with support from internationally renowned mentors and their peers, to be presented at CPH:DOX in March 2023 to a specially-invited group of industry leaders.

CPH:LAB supports:

  • 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
  • innovation competences and entrepreneurial skills
  • alternative financing and distribution methods
  • development of actual interactive/immersive documentary projects

Every year the lab supports the development of up to 9 projects and 20 participants. The lab welcomes established as well as emerging filmmakers, storytellers and creative technologists primarily from Europe although it is also open to a very limited number of participants from non-European countries.

Participants are guided by the Head of Studies Mark Atkin, who is assisted by a wide variety of acknowledged international mentors besides the CPH:DOX team.

Mark Atkin is one of Europe’s most accomplished training capacities. As a curator and consultant at Crossover, he has been responsible for leading cross disciplinary training since 2008 and spearheaded the development of processes which bring together creative professionals from diverse disciplines including film and TV production, animation, games, theatre, VR, AR and interactive design to form new interdisciplinary collaborations and generate ideas for projects.

Besides designing the curriculum of CPH:LAB, Mark also curates the INTER:ACTIVE Exhibition of immersive documentaries at CPH:DOX as well as the annual INTER:ACTIVE SYMPOSIUM.

Mark is assisted by international mentors who change from year to year based on the actual selection of projects. Read more about our previous years’ mentors here.

CPH:LAB takes place as a mix of a physical workshop in September 2022 in Copenhagen combined with online mentoring for several months from October to February 2023. The programme will be concluded with the CPH:LAB projects’ public presentation at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen in March 2023. Workshop sessions are conducted in English.

The CPH:LAB workshop sessions are:

CPH:LAB Part I / Orientation-Preparation Meeting / August 16 / Online / 1 day

CPH:LAB Part II / Rapid Development / September 23-29 / Residential in Copenhagen / 7 full days (incl.arrival/departure)

CPH:LAB Part III / Individual Mentoring & Peer-to-Peer Feedback / October – February 2023 / Online / 0.5 day every week

CPH:LAB Part IV / Public Presentation & Individual Meetings / March 20-24 2023 / Residential in Copenhagen / 3 full intensive days + arrival/departure

If selected, a core creative team of two must attend all sessions of CPH:LAB 2022-2023 and be able to commit to the process. The participation is free of charge for the selected project teams. The accommodation and meals for up to two team members are covered by CPH:DOX during the residential workshop in Copenhagen as well as accreditation to CPH:DOX 2023. Transportation to and from Copenhagen will be at the participants’ own expense. If a project requires the presence of more than two team members, participation can be applied for and will be at individual negotiation, if granted.

The deadline for CPH:LAB 2022/2023 is June 16, 2022. The deadline is now passed and closed.

Application opens: May 12, 2022
Application deadline: June 16, 2022
Notification of selection: July 2022

Contact Stella Ntavara CPH:LAB project manager at *****