For the online programme, you do not require a film project to participate.  You can find more information here.

The call for applications for the core programme is closed.  For the core programme, the Cross Channel Film Lab is looking for strong distinctive feature film projects at development stage that make brave, original and imaginative use of visual effects and/or Stereo 3D at budgets of up to €5million.  These are feature films with powerful narratives that will enliven European storytelling and contribute to the creative evolution of European independent cinema.

We will support the development of feature films with budgets of under €5million that use VFX and/or Stereo 3D technology to deepen the audience experience and redefine how stories engage viewers.

  • The use of VFX and/or Stereo 3D must be integral to the storytelling.
  • Films must be feasible at a budget of below €5million.
  • We expect the feature films we support to be around 90 minutes long.

Please download our guidelines to read more information on the eligibility of projects.

You can see examples of film projects that were selected for the Cross Channel Film Lab’s previous programme (that ran from 2012 – 2014) over here.  The Cross Channel Film Lab is looking for brave films that push the boundaries of audience expectation, so those and the following examples are by no means exhaustive.  Nor should they be read as a description of the only type of projects the Cross Channel Film Lab will choose to develop.

Gareth Edwards’ Monsters illustrates how early and ongoing understanding of VFX can bring big budget visual opportunities to a micro budget film, alongside a genre-mix “improvised” narrative based on a clear core story and themes.  Christian Volckman’s Renaissance provides a good example of an innovative motion capture technique.  More recently, Jon Wright’s Grabbers demonstrates how early preparation and strong creative links with a VFX team can generate cost-effective creature-based VFX that bring a fresh local story to an audience more used to US blockbusters.

Films such as StreetDance 3D demonstrated that 3D technology can reach a broad audience at a lower budget.  Yet many of the most creative Stereo 3D innovations at a lower budget have happened in documentary, such as Wim Wenders’ Pina, and Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams.  The Cross Channel Film Lab will explore how these approaches can translate to dramatic action, and how new narrative structures might evolve for 3D.

If you are unsure whether your project is likely to fit the brief, feel free to drop us an email at or via the website.