What Is Doculab?

DocuLab is a documentary lab presented and created by the Guadalajara International Film Festival in which between 6 or 8 feature films in an advanced post-production stage are selected to participate in our program DocuLab Análisis, which offers to documentary filmmakers the opportunity to screen their unfinished or work-in-progress documentary features, talk about the actual creative stage they are dealing with, and receive inspirational and practical feedback from renowned documentary directors from all over the world, who are attending the festival with films in competition. This dialogues will be guided by the legendary documentary director Nicolás Echevarría, DocuLab academic advisor, who will help along the talk between the experts, and the audience: fellow participants, industry delegates, and special guests. 

To complement the experience, DocuLab will also present Master Classes with renowned documentary filmmakers, and Dialogues around topics of interest for the creators of the current non-fiction cinema.

In our next edition 2018 we will collaborate for the first time with Guadalajara Construye – Festival Industry, which also seeks to contribute to the conclusion of Ibero-American feature films in their final post-production stage. Together we will present DocuLab Construye, where three of the documentaries selected to participate in DocuLab Análisis, will be also chosen to be screened and pitch to film industry professionals: producers, distributors, sales agents and festival representatives, which will give them the possibility of finding funds to complete, released and distribute their films.

Besides this, one of these 3 films will have the possibility to participate in the FICG’s section Guadalajara goes to Cannes at the Marché du Film framework on its next edition that will take place from May 9th to 20th, 2018.

In addition, for the first time DocuLab accreditation will also be authorized to attend all the activities carried out by Talents Guadalajara, an advanced film development event that will be held from March 9th to 14th, 2018. The attendance will be voluntary and prior registration.