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True/False Film Fest
} 11:59 pm

Call For Entries runs from March 15th through April 21st, 2024

No. However, travel expenditures for Rough Cut Retreat are based on the cost of domestic (US) travel only. International attendees will receive an equivalent partial stipend.

At the height of summer, when filmmakers are buried in the edit suite, our Rough Cut Retreat offers a one-of-a-kind, immersive mentorship experience. Launched in 2016 by Catapult Film Fund & the True/False Film Fest, RCR unites nonfiction filmmakers and mentors in a creative, supportive, and engaged atmosphere. Rough Cut Retreat seeks work that displays ambitious, idiosyncratic approaches to nonfiction storytelling – and prioritizes filmmakers who lack strong feedback networks. Chosen mentors represent a variety of nonfiction film professionals who embody creativity and generosity of spirit. The ninth annual Rough Cut Retreat is presented with support from CMP, who share Catapult and True/False’s passion for supporting bold and creative new nonfiction filmmaking. The 2024 retreat will take place July 21-25 at Whispertree in Boonville, California. Applications for the 2024 retreat are open through April 21st.


  • Nonfiction Feature film projects that will be in the rough cut stage by Summer of 2024
  • First or second time feature filmmakers with limited feedback networks (see FAQ)
  • Filmmaker(s) must be available to attend in person

Timeline & Specifics

  • Rough Cut Retreat will take place July 21-25 at Whispertree in Boonville, California.
  • Five feature films will be chosen to participate, and up to two members from each filmmaking team will be invited to attend
  • Five mentors, in addition to Catapult & True/False hosts, will be present at the event
  • Domestic travel, lodging and food will be booked and covered for filmmaking teams, a partial travel stipend will be made available to teams traveling internationally

Submissions Information

  • Call For Entries runs from March 15th through April 21st, 2024
  • For consideration, fill out the application form below in full. Submissions should include two paragraphs describing your film and an online screener link of 5-10 minutes that best represents the project. If submitting a longer cut, filmmakers are strongly encouraged to specify a 5-10 minute section – otherwise the first 10 minutes of the cut will be watched.
  • Long listed projects will be notified by May 1st and will be asked to submit a full cut. The RCR team will reach out to shortlisted projects to schedule phone interviews ahead of the final selection date.
  • Only projects with a realistic projection of a sub two and a half hour cut by the retreat will be considered.
  • Projects will be notified of decision on or by June 2, 2024
  • If selected, a screener link of the film’s rough cut must be submitted by July 12th and a digital file (quicktime .mov, .mp4. or equivalent suitable for projection) must be provided by July 16th.

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