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. Rough Cut Retreat offers filmmakers & their projects thoughtful feedback 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. It encourages a free-wheeling environment where filmmaker's visions are supported by mentors hand-picked for their editorial strength and generosity of spirit. Both True/False and Catapult are dedicated to supporting documentary work whose content and aesthetics push boundaries, and that provoke dynamic discussion.
Timeline & Specifics
Rough Cut Retreat will take place July 22nd-26th at the Carey Institute in Rensselaerville, NY, in the Catskill Mountains just outside Albany.
5 feature films will be chosen to participate, and 2 members from each filmmaking team attend
5 mentors, in addition to True/False and Catapult hosts, will be present at the event
Domestic travel, lodging and food will be booked and covered for filmmaking teams, a modest travel stipend will be made available to teams traveling internationally
Call For Entries runs from February 15th through March 25th, 2018
For consideration, fill out the application form below in full. Submissions should include two paragraphs describing your film and an online screener link of 5-10 minutes that best represents the project. Longer entries will be considered at the jurors' discretion. Note that the first 10 minutes of all entries will always be watched.
Only projects with a realistic projection of an actual rough cut by July will be considered.
Projects will be notified of decision on or by May 25th, 2018
If selected, a screener link of the film's rough cut must be submitted by July 13th and a digital file (quicktime .mov, .mp4. or equivalent suitable for projection) must be provided by July 20th.
Questions? Email email@example.com
Past Rough Cut Retreat Projects include:
Amal, dir. Mohamed Siam (IDFA)
América, dir. Chase Whiteside & Erick Stoll
Pigeon Kings, dir. Milena Pastreich
The Punch, dir. Andre Hörmann
Voices of the Sea: A Cuban Odyssey, dir. Kim Hopkins
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).