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The First Cut

The First Cut is an intensive editing program for Korean filmmakers to define their rough cut and build its storyline with experienced international editors. With one-on-one consultancy, the director and producer will reach their first cut for 5 days.

  • 1. PROGRAM

    • O Date : August 2020
    • * Details of schedules and mentors will be announced in May.
    • O Venue : Seoul and Goyang City in Korea
    • O Number of finalists : 6 teams
    • O Support Details
      • • The selected 6 teams will be provided with a one-on-one consultancy with international editors.
      • • If need, English subtitling service (SBA) will be supported.
      • • During the academy, participants will present their developed cuts to sharetheir experience and join masterclasses to broaden the editing spectrum.


    • • A project in the rough-cut stage
    • • Open to all Korean teams (consisting of a director and a producer or an editor)
    • • Advanced-level or higher English proficiency needs.


    • 28Th June (17:00, Korean Standard Time) is a submission deadline.
      ※ The deadline strictly enforced and expire at 17:00 Korean Standard Time on the designated date.
    • Check on the application guidelines at the<Submission>page > Download and complete the required documents > Submit all applications to EIDF Industry by e-mail (pitching.academy@gmail.com)
      ※ Please, attach a trailer file with mp4 format in the e-mail.
    • O Required Documents
    • A personal Information consent form[in the form attached]
    • An entry form (including the participation agreement and personal statement) [in the form attached]
    • A proposal (well written, clear proposals with synopsis, director’s note, treatment, production schedule, budget, financial plan, filmography, and soon, in max. 10 pages)
    • 3 stills from the project
    • A trailer (up to 3 minutes in the 1920*1080, MP4 format)
    • A link to the rough cut (Maximum 2 hours-cut with a storyline)
    • O Selection Process
    • All written applications will be reviewed by the selection committee.
      (As need, interviews shall be required.)


    • • Participants are not allowed to be absent or leave from the training workshops without any notices. Violators will be restricted to join the next edition of EIDF’s industry programs.
    • • Submitted documents will not be returned to the applicant.
    • • If the applicant doesn’t use the designated forms or submit all required documents, applications may be excluded from the selection process.
    • • With a negotiation, great projects with potentials may be aired on EBS.
    • • The consultancy may be provided online depending on COVID 19’s situation.

    5. CONTACT

    • EIDF Industry Team
    • The First Cut is developed by BODA MEDIA GROUP & SJM Cultural Foundation, partner with Jeonju International Film Festival and organized by EBS International Documentary Festival (EIDF)