DocuLab: Documentary Lab

After a decade of gathering young and experienced filmmakers from the region, DocuLab reaffirms its commitment with the non-fiction genre and from its 11th edition, joins the activities of the Industry area, to strengthen the encounters amongst directors, producers and professionals.

The spirit that has made DocuLab a fundamental rendezvous for documentary cinema remains: carrying out a profound analysis of the films alongside experts on the field, looking forward to see, think and develop documentary contents of high quality for the national and international audiences.

  • Nicolás Echeverría
    Nicolás Echeverría
  • Britta Senn
    Britta Senn
  • Manuel Gutiérrez
    Manuel Gutiérrez
  • Everardo González
    Everardo González
  • Sandra Schulberg
    Sandra Schulberg
  • Camilo Froideval
    Camilo Froideval
  • Jan Troell
    Jan Troell
  • Nerio Barberis
    Nerio Barberis
  • Claudio Hughes
    Claudio Hughes
  • Juan Carlos Rulfo
    Juan Carlos Rulfo
  • Julien Temple
    Julien Temple
  • Agnès Varda
    Agnès Varda


DocuLab opens its call to directors from any of the nineteen countries belonging to the Ibero-American region (list of countries in Requirements and Documentation) that have a documentary in a work in progress status and wish to show them to specialists of the genre and industry representants, with the aim of receiving feedback, advice and the option of possible co-productions or funds for its conclusion, commercialization and distribution.

There is no age restriction to apply in DocuLab


To apply in DocuLab it is necessary to complete and send the information requested in the submission form that can be found in the page of the FICG or DocuLab. In this form, personal data, information about experience in the film work field and a screener link of the last cut of the documentary to participate are requested.

To participate in DocuLab  it is essential to speak Spanish and it is recomended to have fluent English, as some of the conferences and activities will be held in this language.


  1. Citizens of any of the nineteen countries of Ibero-America are able to participate, who are professionally dedicated to filmmaking as DIRECTORS with experience on this field.
  1. The Ibero-America countries are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, and the Iberian Peninsula: Andorra, Spain, and Portugal. Although Puerto Rico does not legally belong to the Ibero-American Region, DocuLab opens its call also to filmmakers of this free state, for the brotherhood of language that links us with them.
  1. Residence Documents or second citizenship from any of these countries are also allowed only in case they presented the right documentation to prove it in the selection process.
  1. All the registration is online through our website: where it is necessary to create your electronic profile, generated by completing and attaching the required documentation described below:Incomplete applications or applications that were closed after the deadline, will not be taking in consideration
    1. Registration form. It should be answered completely, without omitting any requested field.
    2. A headshot photo that we will use for your accreditation and the catalog, format .jpg 300dpi.
    3. Your Biography that briefly explains your path in the field, your professional development, the style that describes your work and your specific interests in the documentary genre.
    4. Two electronic links, specifying the password if required, with the following:
      1. SAMPLE of maximum 3 minutes long which endorses and supports your previous experience. This sample can be a short film or a fragment or scenes of several works in which you have participated directly as head of the department, preferably in the direction field. IMPORTANT: Will not be taken into consideration music videos (video clips) and/or showreels with vertiginous editions of several different works with superimposed music over the images that makes it difficult to value your talent. The demo should be an example of your ability to seek, create, direct and tell real stories.
      2. The most recent cut of your DOCUMENTARY to participate in DocuLab. IMPORTANT: The work should not last less than 50 minutes and not exceed 90 minutes either. Documentaries outside this range will not be taken into consideration in the process.
    5. A short synopsis of the documentary, as well as the explanation of the actual stage and what does the documentary, needs to be finished.
    6. 3 Photographs of the registered documentary that will be used in the catalog, if selected.
    7. Text explaining the reasons why your participation in DocuLab could be useful for your work and path.
  1. Applications that deceive about their nationality or incomplete will be discarded.
  1. Complete Documentaries cannot be accepted.
  1. The registration is only individual, not as a team. In the case of selected documentaries involving a co-direction, DocuLab will invite only the registered director. In case the other director(s) involved would like to attend, the expenses will be borne by the interested parties.
  1. It is a requirement and responsibility of the applicants to have their passport, visa, and all the necessary documents to enter Mexico.
  1. In case of being selected, two copies of your documentary should be sent to the FICG office in Guadalajara, in BluRay format, with English subtitles. The material must arrive at the no later than February 15th, 2019. This will be the material to be screened during DocuLab.
  1. The cost of this shipment will be borne by the applicants and must be done by private courier since the Mexican Postal Service does not guarantee a delivery date.
  1. The registration to DocuLab is free.
  1. Films participating in DocuLab Análisis or DocuLab Construye must include the festival’s logo as well as DocuLab’s, in its credits.



DocuLab call for entries opens on Friday, August 31st and closes on Wednesday, October 31st, 2018. The results will be announced via email to all the applicants within the first two weeks of January 2019 to confirm participation and attendance.

The final selected projects will be revealed February 4th 2019 through a publication at FICG and DocuLab websites.

The festival will provide the selected applicants, free registration and accreditation, as well as accommodation, breakfast and lunch during the days of DocuLab. Likewise, relevant steps will be taken to support, as far as possible, the flight of those who don’t have the economic possibility to afford it; However, full support for transportation cannot be guaranteed.

In the case of being selected, DocuLab will support with information and advice for visas to enter Mexico, only during the days of DocuLab and FICG. The applicants must personally carry out the corresponding procedures in their countries. FICG and DocuLab will not cover in any case the expenses that this process generates.

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The focus of DocuLab is to propel the documentarians and their projects as well as to facilitate the encounters amongst filmmakers and industry representatives at our festival. Master Classes, conferences and screenings within the festival form the programme and from this year, it joins the activities of the FICG’s Industry area

  • DocuLab Análisis

    DocuLab Análsis will host four Latin American films that will receive advice and review upon their creative and technical processes, with the possibility to receive awards to participate on other international rendezvous.
    Renowned directors, producers, and experts on the genre will discuss the films with their directors, opening constructive debates in order to strengthen the documentaries and contribute to their montage and directing processes.

  • DocuLab Construye

    DocuLab Construye, where another four films participate, as well as receiving analysis, reviews and discussions with prominent exponents of the documentary world, will be presented to Industry and Market delegated with the possibility of getting support for their completion or distribution.


Conferences Master Classes Program

Guadalajara International Film Festival is pleased to announce the work in progress documentary selection, participating at DocuLab: Documentary Lab, which will be taking place from March 10th to 13th.

With award wining Mexican filmmaker Nicolás Echevarría at the Academic Coordination, from this new edition documentary filmmaker and programmer Rodolfo Castillo-Morales, joins the rendezvous at the general coordination, and with the selection committee formed by Adriana Trujillo (MX), filmmaker, artist and curator, Cintia Gil (POR), programmer and artistic director from DocsLisboa and Juan Manuel Sepúlveda (MX), wining award director and lecturer of the genre in several countries, made the curatorship of the participant films.

The selected films for the 11th DocuLab edition are:

Original title:                             ALTES LEBEN 
Director(s):                               Luiz Lazalde        
Country of production:          México 
Activity:                                      DocuLab Análisis
Original Title:                           EL CLAN DE LA GARZA BLANCA           
Director(s):                               Nuria Frigola Torrent
Country of production:          Perú       
Activity:                                      DocuLab Análisis  

Original Title:                           EL SEGUNDO ENTIERRO DE ALEJANDRINO
Director(s):                               Raúl Soto Rodríguez                           
Country of production:          Colombia                                
Activity:                                      DocuLab Construye        

Original Title:                           LA VIDA DORMIDA         
Director(s):                               Natalia Labaké                     
Country of production:          Argentina                                 
Activity:                                      DocuLab Construye

Original Title:                           PAMPAS MARCIANAS* 
Director(s):                               Aníbal Jofré          
Country of production:          Chile      
Activity:                                      DocuLab Construye
*Project invited from DocuLab Andino / FIC VIÑA                

Original Title:                           SILENCIO EN LA RIBERA 
Director(s):                               Igor Galuk                               
Country of production:          Argentina               
Activity:                                      DocuLab Análisis                 

Original Title:                           SOLDADO EXTRANJERO** 
Director(s):                               José Joffily, Pedro Rossi
Country of production:          Brasil     
Activity:                                      DocuLab Construye
**Project invited from DocsMX

Original Title:                           VENTURA           
Director(s):                               Gisela Delgadillo                 
Country of production:          México                   
Activity:                                      DocuLab Análisis


Fernando Garcia

Fernando García

Coordinador de Programas de Industria
Diego Guerra

Diego Guerra

Productor de Programas de Industria
Paulina E. Cano

Paulina E. Cano

Coordinadora de Seleccionados
Rodolfo Castillo

Rodolfo Castillo Morales

Coordinador DocuLab
Nicolás Echevarria

Nicolás Echevarría

Asesor académico