fARAD Lab 2017 is a unique creative opportunity that consists of an intensive six-day workshop on creative sound in documentary, led by Dana Bunescu, a masterclass on storytelling and editing led by Erin Casper, and feedback sessions dedicated to projects in development selected for the lab. Participants are selected by the fARAD festival board and lab mentors, and will be offered not only technical and creative advice, but also a network of continuing support and mentorship from the highest level of documentary filmmaking in Romania and internationally. Participants in the first edition of fARAD Lab included: Andrei Răuțu and Flavia Barabas with Fereastra lui Mircea Eliade; Gabriela Forfotă and Carmen Tofeni, with Folk!; Daria Nistor and Marius Mihalcea with La Belle Epoque; Andra Tarara and Maria Salomia with Portret de familie cu bunică. Advisers included: Magnus Gertten (film director, Sweden), Alexandru Belc (film director, Romania), Titus Muntean (film director, Romania), Vlad Petri (film director, Romania), as well as Dana Bunescu (editor, Romania), and the creative team of the festival including artistic director Mona Nicoară (film director, Romania) and president Mihai Chirilov (film critic, Romania).

Lab content
The six-day sound workshop led by Dana Bunescu will focus on:
• planning and recording production sound on location
• principles of documentary sound editing
• processing archival sound
• sound reconstruction and restoration
• documentary sound design (not including music and scoring)

A graduate of the National University of Theater and Cinema Arts, Dana Bunescu is the premier editor of the Romanian New Wave. At the 2017 Berlinale, she was awarded a Silver Bear for her artistic contribution to Ana, Mon Amour, directed by Călin Peter Netzer. She is equally dedicated to documentary film editing and sound design, having among her most recent credits Andrei Ujică’s Cannes selection The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu and Things We Said Today (in post-production), as well as Laura Căpățână’s cinéma vérité,Transylvania International Film Festival-winner Here…I Mean There.

The editing and storytelling masterclass presented by Erin Casper will deal with:

• emotional and narrative structure in documentary
• the editing trajectory of scenes and the relationship between small edits and large structural changes
• the value of failure and of repetition with a difference in documentary editing
• the long road from assembly to rough cut to fine cut and picture lock.

Emmy-nominated Erin Casper’s most recent credit is Risk by Laura Poitras, who won an Oscar for her film CitizenFour. Other credits include: American Promise, winner of a special jury prize at Sundance 2013; The Last Season, nominated for an Independent Spirit Award in 2015; The New Black, nominated for the NAACP Image Award; and Our School, winner at AFI Docs 2011. She also edited short documentaries for Vanity Fair, Field of Vision, The New York Times Op-Docs, and The Intercept. Erin has been both a mentor and a participants in the Sundance and IFP Labs, and was the first recipient of the prestigious Karen Schmeer editing fellowship.

Lab selection
The Lab is geared towards documentary filmmakers — directors, editors, sound professionals, etc. — interested in creative documentary and innovative non-fiction forms, and who have made at least one short and at most one feature documentary completed.
Applications can be sent to laborator@farad.ro before September 5, 2017 and will include:
• a registration form (available here)
• complete CV and filmography
• a protected link to a completed documentary
• a short essay detailing the applicant’s creative vision (maximum 1000 words)
• a one-page synopsis and treatment for a short or feature documentary in development submitted to the Lab
• a protected link to a minimum of 10 minutes representative for the above-mentioned documentary in development

A maximum of 8 projects will be selected to participate, with a maximum of two participants for each project, by September 12, 2017.

Lab terms
The lab itself, the sound and workshop equipment, and the accommodations will be free of charge to participants, who are expected to cover their travel and food for the duration of the lab. Lab participants will commit to mention in their final credits their their documentary has been “developed in fARAD Lab 2017.”

Lab contact
Mirona Radu | laborator@farad.ro | + 40 726 694 435 | www.farad.ro