Rough Cut Retreat: A Catapult Film Fund & True/False Film Fest Collaboration

At the height of summer, when filmmakers are neck-deep in the editing process, the Rough Cut Retreat offers a one-of-a-kind mentorship experience. Launched in 2016, RCR unites nonfiction filmmakers and mentors in a creative, supportive, and engaged atmosphere. The retreat brings together five filmmaking teams with five mentors for four days of thoughtful feedback and dedicated mentorship to help move films from a rough cut to a final cut with an eye on winter festival deadlines.

This year, the retreat will convene at the Carey Institute for Global Good’s sprawling, 100-acre campus just outside of Albany, New York from August 4-8, 2019. We will begin accepting applications through the portal below soon. We do not charge a fee for submissions. If you have questions about submitting a film, please email 

Past Rough Cut Retreat Projects include:


Anbessa dir. Mo Scarpelli (Berlinale)

Queen of the Battling Butterfly Brigade dir. Daniel Hymanson

Scars dir. Agnieszka Zwiefka 

Stray dir. Elizabeth Lo

Truth or Consequences dir. Hannah Jayanti


Amal, dir. Mohamed Siam (IDFA)

América, dir. Chase Whiteside & Erick Stoll (True/False)

Pigeon Kings, dir. Milena Pastreich

The Punch, dir. Andre Hörmann

Voices of the Sea: A Cuban Odyssey, dir. Kim Hopkins (True/False)


Ask the Sexpert, dir. Vaishali Sinha (Hot Docs) 

For Ahkeem, dir. Jeremy Levine & Landon Van Soest (Berlin, Tribeca)

Distant Constellation, dir. Shevaun Mizrahi (True/False)

Quest, dir. Jonathan Olshefski (Sundance)

When God Sleeps, dir. Till Schauder (Tribeca).


Rough Cut Retreat 2019 application will open Spring 2019. Questions? Email