Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine is a capacity building international training program, which aims at supporting and accompanying the writing, development and post-production of 6 feature films closely connected to the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region in France.

The lab is addressed to both emerging and more experienced filmmakers, French and international projects. 

It relies on the local cinema ecosystem of festivals’ initiatives, and residencies such as the clos-FIFIB, the Biarritz Bal Lab, the Jump In program of Poitiers Film Festival and fosters synergies with filmmakers and producers active in the region.

The program, is financially supported by Alca Nouvelle-Aquitaine, the Lot-et-Garonne Department and Gironde Tournages and takes the form of residential and online workshops.

> Accompanying projects closely connected to the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region in France, and supporting their feasibility, and international potential in a tailor-made way.
> Supporting the whole Nouvelle-Aquitaine cinema ecosystem in an integrated manner and accompanying 4 projects at scriptwriting stage (the Development Lab) and 2 projects in editing phase (the First Cut Lab).

of the program

1st module

Development Lab

During the first 7 months of the Lab, the four selected projects focus on script & project development.

Module & structure

The Development Lab selects 4 projects, which will have the chance to attend two residential workshops, each lasting four full working days, and 1 industry event.

Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine is open to teams of scriptwriter/director and producer. Both of them will attend the workshops.

An individual follow-up

During the last months of the program, projects are followed individually.

According to their needs, a participation to a specific co-production forum or film industry event will be suggested and facilitated, either in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, in France or internationally.

Three on-site sessions

The first workshop takes place in La Maison Forte in Monbalen, on June 21st-25th 2023, and offers analysis of the treatment together with main rewriting axes, consultancy on coproduction plan and markets and festivals strategy.

The second workshop takes place in the Villa Valmont in Gironde, on October 4th – October 8th 2023 and offers analysis of the script and consultancy on distribution.

The third phase takes place in Poitiers during the Poitiers Film Festival where the participants pitch their projects at the TAP – Théâtre Auditorium on December 8th, 2023 and meet sales agents and distributors.

A great flexibility

The limited number of participants & projects will allow great flexibility in the agenda, moving between plenary and group sessions, and individual consultations when needed.

Module & structure

The First Cut Lab is open to the filmmaker, producer and editor of the project and it takes place online.

The exact dates of the workshop are chosen in agreement with the selected teams to best answer the needs of their films. The workshop takes place during the period from May 29th to October 31st 2023.

Each film is accompanied by First Cut Lab for a period of roughly 3 weeks, even though the core of the Lab takes place over two consecutive days.

Tools provided for future

After the workshop, the film team receives a memo of the discussions and all suggestions, to serve as a road map in the further editing.

Tailor-made chosen advisors 

The core is an in-depth discussion where the filmmakers get to test their questions and dilemmas with carefully chosen film industry experts.

An editor consultant helps the teams throughout the whole process with preparatory and follow-up meetings.

For more details

First Cut Lab is an international initiative, regularly joining Full Circle Lab for unique collaborations.

To know more about this module, discover all the information here.

2nd module

First Cut

This second module will select 2 feature films in the editing phase, supported by the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region for their production. 

Call for projects

How to apply

Full Circle Lab Nouvelle Aquitaine is for feature films closely connected to the Nouvelle-Aquitaine area. The program is open to:

  • Authors/directors from Nouvelle-Aquitaine, with a project that benefited from national/regional selective grants or who reached plenary commission for a regional funding request;
  • Producers from Nouvelle-Aquitaine, with a project that benefited from an international, national or regional selective grant;
  • Projects supported by the Region or by the appointed departments;
  • Projects supported in the context of festivals (the clos-FIFIB, the Biarritz Bal Lab, the Poitiers Film Festival residencies) and partner residencies (La Prévôté, Chalet Mauriac, La Maison Bleue, Atelier Claude Miller).

Only projects that benefited from support (grants or programs) in 2021, 2022 and 2023 are eligible.

Applicants for both the Development Lab and First Cut Lab should submit their entire application package by the April 25th, 2023.

For any information request, please contact:  nouvelle-aquitaine@fullcirclelab.org



The participants & projects are selected by a committee, including the co-Heads of Studies and tutors.



The participation fee of Full Circle Lab Nouvelle Aquitaine is €1.500 per project at development stage and €1.000 per film in editing phase (+VAT if applicable).

The participation fee includes half-board accommodation during the workshops for a maximum of 2 persons per project. Participants cover their travel costs.


Development Lab

We are looking for 4 projects in development and we will be accepting works at different stages of development: a treatment is compulsory; however, a script is not. Projects shall not have entered pre-production phase yet.

The applicants shall submit the following materials gathered into one PDF document (in English or in French if applicable):

  • The application form;
  • A 1-page synopsis;
  • An intention note;
  • A 10-page treatment
  • A script (if available)
  • Biographies of the scriptwriter and producer;
  • A profile of the production company;
  • Web links to previous films – if any.

To the email address: nouvelle-aquitaine@fullcirclelab.org

Deadline for application: April 25th 2023

First Cut Lab

We are looking for 2 projects already shot and in the editing phase. The film’s producer, director, and editor must attend the whole duration of the Editing Lab.

Applicants must submit the following gathered into one PDF document (in English or in French if applicable):

  • The application form;
  • A minimum of 30 minutes of scenes from the film. Scenes can be separate and can be in the rough cut;
  • Logline (50 words), Synopsis (1 page);
  • Director’s & producer’s statements (Up to 2 pages);
  • Director’s & editor’s filmographies (1 page);
  • Producer’s filmography (1 page) & Production company profile (1 page);
  • High definition profile photo;
  • All requirements must be submitted in separate PDF documents.

To the email address: nouvelle-aquitaine@fullcirclelab.org

Deadline for application: April 25th 2023

in 5 steps


1 – April 25, 2023 – Deadline for application 

2 – May 21, 2023 – Announcement of selected participants & projects at Cannes Film Festival

3 – June 21-25, 2023 – First residential workshop in La Maison Forte, Monbalen

4 – October 4-8, 2023 – Second residential workshop in the Villa Valmont in Gironde 

5 – December 8, 2023 – Industry day during the Poitiers Film Festival in Poitiers

La Maison Forte - Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine

La Maison Forte, in Monbalen

& mentors

Matthieu Darras - Full Circle Lab
Matthieu Darras

CEO of Tatino Films and Co-Head of the program

Matthieu Darras designs and leads several programs of film/talent development and consultancy that are active worldwide: the First Cut Lab, the Pop Up Film Residency, and the Full Circle Lab. Previously, he founded and directed the European Network of Young Cinema NISI MASA, wrote for the film magazine Positif, and was the artistic director of the TorinoFilmLab.

He also worked for major film festivals in Europe: as a programmer for the Cannes Critics’ Week, as a consultant for the Venice Film Festival, and as a delegate for the San Sebastian Film Festival.
He also directed the Bratislava Film Festival.

Julie Marnay - Full Circle Lab
Myriam Sassine

Co-Head of the program and Producer Consultant 

Myriam Sassine joined Abbout Productions producing several features and documentaries such as Costa Brava, Lebanon by Mounia Akl (Venice Film Festival Official Selection / TIFF 2021), 1982 by Oualid Mouaness (TIFF 2019) and Panoptic by Rana Eid (Locarno 2017).

From 2016 to 2020, she was the COO of Schortcut Films dedicated to co-producing international films. In 2016, she cofounded Maskoon Fantastic Film Festival, the first and only genre film festival in the Middle East.

Since 2021, she’s the project manager of Beirut Cinema Platform, Beirut DC’s coproduction platform. Myriam is an alumni of EAVE Producer’s Workshop (2019) and Film Independent Producing Lab (2019).


Philippe Barrière - Full Circle Lab
Philippe Barrière
Script and Editing Consultant

Born in 1978, Philippe Barrière has a Masters in philosophy and formal logic at La Sorbonne University.
Script consulting is way for him to combine his interest for analysis and his passion for cinema.

Over the past years, Philippe Barrière has had several relevant experiences in the field of script consulting such as head of the development for Mille et une Productions or, since 2010, as an independent script consultant.

He is notably the co-author with Rubaiyat Hossain of Made in Bangladesh (Toronto 2019). He teaches scriptwriting in different film schools in Paris, and works on several script development workshops, such as La Scénaristerie, Cannes Talent Unlimited and Le Groupe Ouest.

Matthieu Taponier - Full Circle Lab
Matthieu Taponier

Scriptwriting and Editing Consultant

Matthieu Taponier is a screenwriter and editor. After studying Modern Literature, he completed an MFA in filmmaking at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. As a script consultant, he received training at TorinoFilmLab and has been tutoring since in workshops such as the Critic’s Week Next Step and Le Groupe Ouest.

He collaborated as a script and film editor on Son of Saul by László Nemes (Grand Prix Cannes 2015 and Oscar 2016 Best Foreign Language Film); as a co-writer and editor on Nemes’ second feature Sunset (FIPRESCI Venice 2018); as an editor on Adventures of a Mathematician by Thorsten Klein (Palm Springs 2020); as a script and editor on Beginning by Dea Kulumbegashvili (Cannes label 2020).

& financial

Alca_Logotype - Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Alca, the cultural agency for publishing and cinema in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region, supports creation and production of fiction, animation and documentary films through fundings, artists-in-residence program, partnerships with Labs and international market and a regional film commission.

It also stands by film professionals from the region for national and international film festivals, coproduction events and to support distribution and promotion.

The Gironde Tournages is a service of Gironde Tourisme. Its objective is to facilitate filming taking place in the department by offering a free service to film and audiovisual professionals.

Lot et Garonne logo - Full Circle Lab Nouvelle-Aquitaine

The Lot-et-Garonne Department Council is active in the cinema industry, specifically through the action of the BAT47 Filming Office, the main actor of the Department’s cinema and audiovisual policy.

In collaboration with

BAT47 - Full Circle Lab
TAP - Theatre Auditorium Poitiers - Full Circle Lab
Poitiers Film Festival - Full Circle Lab
La Maison Forte - Full Circle Lab