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RAW: Residencies Arché→Work is a training and artistic development program organized between Arché and Márgenes. Madrid International Film Festival (Spain).

RAW is an itinerant program of several weeks that includes the participation in Arché, an artistic residency in Lisbon and the participation in MÁRGENES/WORK, Márgenes Film Festival’s lab.

It aims at providing a working space free from immediate financial and logistical objectives, while directly focusing on the creative process in terms of directing and production.

It also aims to foster the proximity between film production and film criticism and research, thus being divided into two different strands: the Creation Residencies and Film Criticism and Research Residencies.

A total of six projects will be selected, 3 for each residency.

The program is open exclusively to candidates from Latin America, Spain, Portugal and Italy.

The working languages are Spanish, Portuguese and/or English.


Activities will take place according to the following calendar:

20 - 24 October: Arché (in the framework of Doclisboa, Lisbon).
25 October - 25 November: Artistic Residencies (Lisbon)
26 - 30 November: MÁRGENES/WORK (in the framework of the Festival Márgenes, Madrid)


During Arché, the Creation residents participate in project development workshops and other Nebulae (industry-oriented project and networking space at Doclisboa) activities. The tutors of the Criticism and Research Workshop will head the projects carried out by the RAW participants.

The artistic residency in Lisbon is conceived as a moment for deepen the reflection and work, away from the intense days of Doclisboa and Márgenes festivals. Participants continue to develop their projects with the tutors and to work on the presentation of Arché Talks.

During MÁRGENES/WORK, Creation residents attend the workshops, experts consulting sessions and all other activities of the programme. Criticism residents attend the second part of the Criticism and Research Workshop with the tutors and the creation of a podcast to be delivered at the end of the Residency.

Participants will also have access to the Doclisboa and Márgenes festivals program, attending screenings and other activities.


Calls for projects are open from April 22nd to May 19th 2024 (23:59 GMT+1).

Applicants must read and agree with the RAW Regulations.

Submission is free of charge.

To submit a project, applicants must fill in the submission form and upload the required documentation:


Targeting emerging directors from Ibero-american countries and Italy with a feature film project at any stage (development, production or post-production), with special attention to innovative, original and authorial proposals, relevant in the contemporary film panorama. The program offers a working and training space, designed according to the specific need of each project.

  • Project Dossier (max. 8 pages) in pdf format, that includes the following information in Portuguese, Spanish or English:
  • Film Title;
  • Sinopsis;
  • Director’s intentions note;
  • Director’s notes with references to the formal and visual treatment;
  • Director’s bio-filmography
  • Producer’s and screenwriter’s bio-filmography (if applicable);
  • Bio-filmography of the production company (if applicable);
  • Link to the work-in-progess or rushes (if applicable);
  • Former films’ links (if applicable);
  • Provisional budget and financial plan;
  • Estimated working calendar;
  • Notes on the current state of development and project’s current needs;Project stills or visual references.
  • Motivation letter (for the participation in RAW).
  • Copy of identity card or passport.


Targeting young film critics and researchers from Ibero-american countries and Italy with a project related to non-fiction cinematic practice, with a focus on Portuguese, Spanish and Latin American audiovisual production. This program. aims to promote the creation of content and knowledge in order to foster the dialogue between research and contemporary filmmaking practices.

  • Academic and professional curriculum vitae.
  • Description of the project to be developed in RAW, whose object of study is related to non-fiction film.
  • Former research/film criticism work and/or articles (if applicable).
  • Estimated working calendar.
  • Motivation letter (for the participation in RAW, specifying the importance of this programme to the development of the project).
  • Copy of identity card or passport.

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