About the Lab

“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 2018 is a unique creative opportunity that consists of feedback sessions on the projects in development selected for the lab, an intensive six-day workshop on creative sound in documentary led by Dana Bunescu, and a masterclass on music in documentary films presented by Tristan Ferland Milewski, the director of Dream Boat, and the film's music composer, DJ My Name is Claude.

The Lab's 3rd edition will take place October 2-7, 2018 in Cinema Arta in Arad, in the framework of fARAD Documentary Film Festival. Deadline for application: September 5, 2018.

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. Past mentors include Dana Bunescu (editor, Romania), Erin Casper (editor, USA), Magnus Gertten (film director, Sweden), Pascale Lamche (film director, UK), Alexandru Belc, Titus Muntean and Vlad Petri (film directors, Romania), 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).


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).

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 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 masterclass on Music in documentary films will discuss subjects including:
• the relationship between the composer and the director in the construction of the soundtrack and the musical illustration of a film;
• the structuring of the collaboration between members of the crew at the creative and emotional level, but also in terms of post-production and expectations for deliverables.

Tristan Ferland Milewski is a writer, director and producer of documentary films and documentary broadcast formats. His feature-length documentary film DREAM BOAT had its world premiere at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival. His work also includes portraying artists like Madonna, Rihanna, Eminem and Marilyn Manson (for MTV), as well as regularly holding lectures on documentary film, story development and dramaturgy.

My Name is Claude (Claude Ferland Milewski) is a multi-disciplinary musician, composer, and instrumentalist. With 5 albums released, he writes and performs songs at the intersection of classic arrangements and electronic pop sounds. Last year he composed the soundtrack for DREAM BOAT, that was nominated for the Best Music Award at the DOK.fest Munich.


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.

Applications should be sent to laborator@farad.ro before September 5, 2018.

A maximum of 6 projects will be selected to participate, with a maximum of two participants for each project, by September 12, 2018.

Participants should have a good command of the English language.


The lab itself, the sound and workshop equipment, and the accommodations in Arad will be free of charge to selected 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 that their documentary has been “Developed in fARAD Lab 2018.”

Learn more about the application process and contact us for more info at:
Mirona Radu - laborator@farad.ro, +40-726-694-435