The Work-In-Progress Lab gives selected filmmakers a chance to screen the rough cut of their film to an eminent panel of international advisors, which include a film festival director, producers, world sales agent and an editor. These advisors provide valuable feedback on the edit with aim of helping the filmmaker achieve an accomplished final cut of the film. The Work-in-Progress Lab is open only for Fiction Features aiming for a theatrical release. A maximum of five films are selected for this Lab.

The Director and Editor of the selected film screen their rough cuts to the panel of advisors and receive an intense one-on-one feedback. The international editor assigned to the film, then guides the Director and Editor of the selected film through two sessions of the Editing Lab which takes place at the Film Bazaar itself.

Since its inception in 2008, the Work-in-Progress Lab has moulded films which have gone on to premiere at top international film festivals and receive critical acclaim.

Prateek Vats

Director, Eeb Allay Ooo!

WIP Lab 2018

“The Work-in-Progress Lab at NFDC Film Bazaar provided us a platform to present our film to a larger audience of festival programmers, sales agents as well as fellow filmmakers. The lab presented us with an opportunity to interact with mentors… Looking back now, the WIP Lab has proved to be one of the most important junctures for the journey of our film. I hope the lab continues to support independent filmmakers in the future as well.”




Before you begin, please read the Rules | Regulations for guidelines on filling the online Application Form as well as Submission of Materials.

For any further queries, please read the FAQs.

  • The Work-in-Progress Lab is open only to films from India and South Asia.
  • The film to be submitted should be in their rough-cut stage or just before the final edit. All or a large part of the principal photography must be complete, but not the entire post-production. Completed films are ineligible for the Work-in-Progress Lab.
  • Short films (under 60 min) are ineligible for the Work-in-Progress Lab.

The applications for the 2019 edition of the Work-in-Progress Lab will open soon. There is a common application form for both Viewing Room and Work-in-Progress Lab. A curated list of films eligible for the Lab will be declared on November 1, 2019.

When you apply, you will need:

  • Details of the applicant (Director, Producer, Production company)
  • Synopsis (100 words max)
  • Director’s Note (100 words max)
  • Filmography of director and producer
  • a copy of the film in specified format (see Rules & Regulations)
  • Three stills of submitted film
  • In case you are submitting your film via USB drive, please do not send any hard copy documents along with it.

  • A maximum of 5 films are selected for the Work-in-Progress Lab (5 feature-length fiction films only)
  • The decision of Film Bazaar will be final.
  • Projects that are not selected for the Work-In-Progress Lab can be showcased in the Viewing Room if the applicant is seeking finishing funds, distribution or film festivals for the film, without any additional application fee.

  • A filmmaker can choose to submit a film in both sections – Viewing Room and Work-in-Progress. (For more information, please read the Rules | Regulations)
  • The director and the editor of the films selected for the Work-in-Progress Labs will be provided free registration to the Film Bazaar, along with free shared accommodation for two.
  • In case the director cannot attend the Film Bazaar, the film will be disqualified from the Work-In-Progress Lab and another project will be selected in its place.
  • The producer of the film cannot attend the Work-In-Progress Lab in place of the director and the editor of the film cannot attend in the absence of the director.
  • A rough cut or rough assembly of the entire film (or a majority of it, but not a trailer) should be brought along by the applicant at the selection screening.

  • Entries open in the first week of August.
  • The Work-in-Progress Lab is held during Film Bazaar between 20 – 24 November, 2019.
  • The Early Bird Deadline for completed applications is August 30, 2019 (11:59 pm IST).
  • The last date of submission of completed applications* is September 16, 2019.

Extended Deadline : September 25, 2019
*An application is complete only after we receive the online form, payment and the film – either online or via USB drive

Application fee for submissions (fiction features only)

  • INR 7,000/- for submissions received before the Early Bird Deadline
  • INR 8,500/- for submissions received after the Early Bird Deadline until the last date of submission

For further clarifications, write to us at


Since its inception in 2008, the Work-in-Progress Lab has moulded films that have gone on to premiere at top international film festivals and receive critical acclaim.

In previous years, the Work-In-Progress Labs have been mentored by top international industry experts. In 2015, Senior Film Critic and Film Historian, Derek Malcolm, Festival Director of IFFA Macau, Marco Müller, acclaimed producer, Philippa Campbell were some of the Work-In-Progress Lab mentors.

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