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.

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 takes place as a mix of residential workshop in September 2022 in Copenhagen combined with online mentoring for several months from October to February 2023 and will be finished with the projects’ public presentation at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen in March 2023.

CPH: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 affect individuals and society.

CPH:LAB has a natural emphasis on Europe but is open to projects from independent creatives worldwide.

We welcome projects from more experienced as well as emerging creators.

We recommend that you attend as a team which means finding the appropriate collaborator before the lab commences in September 2022. If you would need help in finding the right collaborator, we will help you to the best of our abilities.

A main criteria for selection will be the artistic quality of the project, the uniqueness of the content, the relevance of the subject matter, the originality of the storytelling format, and the estimated potential for the project to reach audiences internationally.

Projects that have not been part of other international training initiatives or development workshops will be given priority.

Project applications are only accepted via our online submission form. Please note that there’s an entry fee of 150 DKK (approx. 20 EUR) to be paid by credit card in order to complete the submission. Paid fees will not be refunded.

Only submissions that are duly completed and paid before the deadline will be considered.

Exemptions to the entry fee can be made for countries from the DAC list .

Please e-mail the CPH:LAB project manager Stella Ntavara – ***** – to request a fee waiver.

All material must be in English and we urge you to have the following ready before you begin the online application process:

  • Working Title
  • Logline (max. 350 characters incl. spaces)
  • Synopsis/treatment (max. 3500 characters incl. spaces)
  • Thoughts about target audience and distribution (max. 2000 characters incl. spaces)
  • Thoughts about what will be gained from participation in the lab (max. 2000 characters incl. spaces)
  • Format
  • Countries of production
  • Main production company (if applicable, company name, contact info, short presentation of max. 600 characters incl. spaces)
  • Co-production company (if applicable, company name, country)
  • Core creative team (name, contact info, photo and short biography of max. 650 characters incl. spaces)
  • Producer(s) (if applicable, name, contact info, photo and short biography of max. 650 characters incl. spaces)
  • If applicable, participation in other workshops and assistance needed in finding creative partners
  • If applicable, needs assistance in finding the right partner to bring to CPH:LAB?
  • Visual material (moodboard or online link to moving images)
  • Three stills for publication on our website and catalogue
  • CV detailing work to date for participating creatives
  • Photos of core creative team

Further information and documentation may be requested at any time.‍

A maximum of 9 projects will be selected for CPH:LAB.

If selected, a core creative team 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.

CPH:DOX requires the logo of CPH:LAB to be included in the credits of the work, once finalised, with the following sentence mentioned in the credit list: “[TITLE] has been developed at CPH:LAB of CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival [YEAR]”

After CPH:LAB, all participants are asked to participate in two questionnaires to help us evaluate the year’s edition.

The selection committee’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome. Feedback is not guaranteed if your application is unsuccessful.

Selected projects and participants will be presented on our website A public presentation of the project includes working title, logline, name, picture and short biography of the creators(s), production country.

By providing your clips and stills, you give CPH:DOX permission to use the material at and for promotional purposes for CPH:LAB 2022-2023.

Selected projects and participants will later be presented in the CPH:INDUSTRY catalogue with updated information submitted for the catalogue. The catalogue will be distributed to all CPH:INDUSTRY participants at CPH:DOX 2023.

Participants will be presented in the CPH:INDUSTRY catalogue with their name, portrait picture, professional title, country and professional profile. They will also be presented on the CPH:DOX website, where a public presentation includes name, portrait picture, professional title and country, while a password protected area in addition gives CPH:INDUSTRY delegates access to peoples’ professional profile and contact email.

Workshop sessions are conducted in English and take place online on Zoom and onsite in Copenhagen.

The programme will focus on story development and production of a prototype with input from the Head of Studies and an expanded 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 peers.

In March 2023 the participants will attend CPH:DOX to present their prototype and meet selected decision makers.

CPH:LAB participants will have full access accreditation to CPH:DOX 2023 including CPH:FORUM, which includes:

  • Project presentations
  • Industry networking dinners
  • Lunch & coffee during CPH:FORUM
  • Access to CPH:MARKET online
  • All regular festival screenings & seminars
  • Festival Center & Guest Desk services
  • Delegate bag
  • CPH:INDUSTRY catalogue
  • Profiles and contact information of accredited guests (online guest lists)

2022/2023 Submission of application: 150 DKK (approx. 20 EUR)‍

Application opens: May 12, 2022

Application deadline: June 16, 2022

Notification of selection: July 2022

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

Create an account HERE and click on Submit a CPH:LAB project.

By submitting a project, you accept our data policy in accordance with the GDPR.

Your application and participation implies unconditional acceptance of these rules and regulations.
The organisers reserve the right to change the rules and regulations or processes at any time without notification.