About the Lab

“We really found the festival outstanding, full of soul, and especially loved the energy of the Lab. Good selection of projects and a variety of mentors, full of constructive and generous discussions.”
Tristan Ferland Milewski, film director & composer My Name is Claude (Dream Boat), 2018 fARAD Lab mentors

“The Lab at FARAD is a great joy to participate in, I think both as a Mentor-filmmaker and as a presentor-filmmaker. The quality of free-flowing discussion is high and commensurate with the quality and experience of the practitioner-filmmakers and other members of the film community that are invited to participate in the Lab. Theme, narrative structure and form are given full consideration with a number of practical solutions shared for solving problems that the presentor-filmmakers have encountered in the process of exploring and developing their projects."
Pascale Lamche, film director (Winnie) and 2017 fARAD Lab mentor

fARAD Lab continues in 2021, with its 6th edition in a restricted format, exclusively online.

Launched at the fARAD Documentary Film Festival in 2016, it is a unique creative laboratory, partially modeled after the laboratories of Sundance, Independent Filmmaker Project and IDFA.

The fARAD Lab 2021 will include a series of feedback sessions on the development projects of the invited participants, with Dana Bunescu (editor and sound designer), Laurențiu Damian (director), together with the fARAD creative team, represented by Corina Șuteu and Mihai Chirilov.

Participants are exposed not only to technical or formal information, but also to a whole network of continuous professional support and mentoring from top professionals from the national and international community of documentarians.



The Lab is geared towards documentary filmmakers - directors, editors, sound professionals etc. - interested in creative documentary and innovative non-fiction forms, who have completed at least one short and at most one feature documentary.

The 3 projects invited to participate in the fARAD Lab 2021 are:

  1. Arma supremă, directed by Dragoș Turea;
  2. Love Lines, directed by Isabela von Tent;
  3. Viitor luminos, directed by Andra Popescu



The fifth edition of fARAD Lab took place in an exclusively online format. The selected projects were: Still Nia (director Paula Oneț & producer Diana Caravia), Castles (directors Teona Galgoțiu & Bogdan Balla) și Electing Miss Santa (director Raisa Răzmeriță & producer Ion Gnatiuc).

In the previous editions, the participants also took part in the intensive practical workshop dedicated to the sound of documentary film as part of the creative vision, supported by Dana Bunescu, 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 credits Andrei Ujică’s Cannes selection The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu and Things We Said Today (in post-production), and Laura Căpățână’s cinéma vérité, Transylvania International Film Festival-winner Here…I Mean There. She edited and co-directed, with Mona Nicoară, the documentary The Distance Between Me and Me.

Selected participants were being offered creative advice from past mentors: Dana Bunescu (editor, Romania), Erin Casper (editor, USA), directors Pedro Ruiz (Canada), Bo Wang (USA), Victor Moreno (Spain), Magnus Gertten (Sweden), Pascale Lamche (UK), Tristan Ferland Milewski (Germany), Vaishali Sinha and Edin Velez (USA), Nora Agapi, Alexandru Belc, Titus Muntean and Vlad Petri (RO), composer My Name is Claude (Germany), producers Steven Lake (UK) and Bianca Oana (RO), and the creative team of the festival including artistic director Mona Nicoară (film director, USA/Romania), film critic Mihai Chirilov (Romania) and festival president Corina Șuteu (Romania).


For more info, contact us at:
laborator [@] farad.ro, +40-757-582-098