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

Launched in 2016, fARAD Lab is a unique creative opportunity for young professionals, which explores the relationship between technical and creative aspects in documentary cinema. 

Partially modeled on the Sundance, Independent Filmmaker Project and IDFA labs, it 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 editor and sound designer Dana Bunescu, and a masterclass presented by director Alexander Nanau springing from his recently released doc Collective

Participants are 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.

The Lab's 4th edition will take place October 1-6, 2019 in Cinema Arta in Arad, in the framework of fARAD Documentary Film Festival. Deadline for application: September 4, 2019.

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), directors Magnus Gertten (Sweden), Pascale Lamche (UK), Tristan Ferland Milewski (Germany), Vaishali Sinha and Edin Velez (USA), 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).


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), 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.


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 4, 2019.

A maximum of 6 projects in development will be selected, with a maximum of two participants for each project, committing to take part in all Lab sessions. The final selection, made by the festival board and Lab tutors, will be anounced by September 11, 2019.

Participants should have a good command of the English language.


Participation to the Lab, the use of sound and workshop equipment, and the accommodation in Arad will be free of charge for selected participants, who are expected to cover their travel and food for the duration of the Lab (breakfast and lunch are coordinated for participants in exchange for a fee of 90 eur).

Lab participants will commit to mention in their final credits that their documentary has been “Developed in fARAD Lab 2019.”

fARAD Lab is organized, in the framework of fARAD Film Festival, by Film ETC. Association in collaboration with Arad Municipal Cultural Center, and in partnership with 111 Film. Under the patronage of the Arad City Hall. The 2019 edition enjoys the support of the Romanian Filmmakers Union.


The third edition of fARAD Lab took place from October 2-7, 2018 at Cinema Arta in Arad, in partnership with BRD Groupe Société Générale. The lab included feedback sessions on the selected projects in development with the festival's special guests, 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, My Name is Claude. Participants and their projects in development: Body of Crime (Patrick Brăila & Maria Popa), Our Home (Victor Bulat), Caliu (Cosmin Filișan), The Night Shift (Cristina Iliescu), and House of Dolls (Tudor Platon & Natalia Deliu). Mihai Dragolea, whose most recent production. Phoenixxx, was showcased in the festival's main program, also joined the feedback session with his project in development, Come with me. See the festival Archive for details on all past editions.

Learn more about the application process
and contact us for more info at:
laborator@farad.ro, +40-757-582-098