CPH:LAB is CPH:DOX’s talent development programme that encourages creative risk taking, celebrates raw talent, facilitates collaboration across borders and business sectors and supports visionaries to push the existing boundaries of documentary filmmaking.

Since 2009 the lab has established itself as a highly acknowledged, ambitious and yet playful laboratory-style talent scheme showing great results. The lab is conceived as an incubator for documentary projects that seek to explore the potential of digital technologies and advance new visions of what a documentary can be in a digital age. It offers a space for experimentation and collaboration in creative, cross-disciplinary partnerships across film, the creative arts, science, technology and social entrepreneurship.

CPH:LAB supports:

  • innovation competences and entrepreneurial skills
  • storytellers open to new digital formats
  • new collaborative approaches between creative talents across sectors
  • new ways of defining stakeholders, creating and enhancing an audiovisual work’s relevance for its audience
  • alternative financing and distribution methods


Acting as Head of Studies is Mark Atkin, one of Europe’s utmost training capacities. Mark is a curator and consultant at Crossover, where he has been responsible for leading cross disciplinary training since 2008. He has spearheaded the development of processes which bring together creative professionals from diverse disciplines including film and TV production, animation, games, theatre, VR, AR and interactive design to form new interdisciplinary collaborations and generate ideas for projects.

Besides designing the curriculum of CPH:LAB, Mark also curates the exhibition of immersive documentaries as well as the annual Art, Technology & Change conference at CPH:DOX.


CPH:LAB is looking for 8-10 projects developed by around 20 participants from all over the world, but primarily Europe. The lab is for filmmakers, storytellers and creative technologists who are eager to work on a specific project between documentary and technologies, where interactivity supports the creation of a narrative universe exploring phenomena that affect individuals and society.

We would like you to attend as a team which means finding the appropriate collaborator before the lab commences in September 2019. If you would need help in finding the right collaborator, we will help you to the best of our abilities.


CPH:LAB provides the space and the structure for participants to work on a specific project with a collaborator and a team of expert mentors, in order to hone an idea, test it out, develop it, make a prototype, seek finance for it and bring it to an audience.

The lab is centered around an intensive 7-day project development workshop in September 2019 followed by a 3-day market strategy bootcamp during CPH:DOX in March 2020 with online development mentoring in between. Following CPH:DOX, all participants will be assisted further in their efforts to access the market through partnerships with renowned arts organisations, markets and festivals established by CPH:DOX.

Both workshops take place in Copenhagen, Denmark. In order to apply, you have to be fully available for both workshops as well as able to commit to the process in between. The workshops are free of charge including accommodation and meals during the workshops. Costs for transportation to and from the workshops are at participants’ own expense.

Application for the next edition (2019/2020) is now open. Learn more about how to apply by consulting the Rules & Regulations below.


Application opens: April 15, 2019
Application deadline: June 15, 2019
Notification of selection: mid-August 2019
CPH:LAB Workshop I: September 13-20, 2019
CPH:LAB Workshop II: March 23-26, 2020

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