Monday, October 18, 2021




The South African Guild of Editors is piloting the inaugural Rough Cut Lab for fiction, building on the success of the virtual documentary Rough Cut Lab earlier this year.
This first virtual fiction edition will allow our most experienced editors to mentor and engage with emerging filmmakers, focussing on editors and directors with a suitable project already in post- production.
Rough Cut Labs are a proven concept that allow access to expert industry advice and feedback during the final editing stages of a project, and have proven instrumental in shaping the success of fiction films - both short and feature length - as they enter the marketplace

Three South African fiction film projects - which can be any length from 30 minutes or longer and consisting of one editor and one director - will be selected to spend 5 days with world-class consultants, with input and feedback using Zoom and video review and collaboration platform
This call is only open to projects with a working rough cut, with up to 70% to be completed prior to the Lab, which will take place virtually from mid-November 2021. The submission deadline is 22nd October.


Submission criteria:

  • One-page synopsis of the fiction film and script; The director and editor’s biographies;
  • The current rough cut should be in a digital format easy to share, preferably online withthe link and password provided, if applicable;
  • One page each from the director and editor outlining the difficulties currently experiencedwith the film and / or problematic areas in the story. Please include what has been achieved up to this point;
  • Films need to be independent and can be any length from 30 minutes or longer (so notcommissioned from a broadcaster or streaming service);
  • Submissions that do not adhere to the criteria will not be considered.
  • All submissions will be treated with utmost confidentiality by the SAGE selection panel. SUBMISSION DEADLINE 22 OCTOBER 2021