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 returns, for its 7th edition, to its traditional in-person format, which includes feedback sessions on the development projects of the invited participants offered by the festival guests, and an intensive practical workshop dedicated to the sound of documentary film as part of the creative vision held by Dana Bunescu, premier editor and sound designer in contemporary Romanian cinema. The Lab will be held September 7-11, 2022 at Cinema Arta in Arad in the framework of the 9th fARAD Documentary Film Festival.

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.

Three projects selected to take part in the 2022 fARAD Lab are

  • Sing Again Sweetheart (Janine Grün, director, Robert Kocsis, creative producer)
  • Strictly for Our Friends (Ioana Grigore, director, Maria Salomia, editor)
  • Yesterday Finished Last Night (Oana Țenter, director și Delia Marinescu, co-director).

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.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.



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