Cineplex Film Program - Editors' Lab

Program Design


    APPLICATIONS OPEN: December 2, 2019 @ 1:00pm EST
    APPLICATIONS CLOSE: January 13, 2020 @ 5:00pm EST
    PROGRAM START: July 2020
    PROGRAM END: December 2020


Editing is an integral part of the storytelling process. Through intensive editing projects and workshops, the Cineplex Film Program Editors' Lab affords you the opportunity to cut a significant volume and variety of content improving your technical craft and elevating your sense of story. Please find additional information below.


This program is designed for editors with strong creative instincts, a deep commitment to expanding their craft and a desire to engage in a satisfying, collaborative filmmaking experience. We are looking for editors with a strong understanding of cinematic storytelling and solid technical editing skills.

To apply, you must have experience in the film and television industry, a portfolio showcasing your editing talent, at least two years experience in post-production and a proven commitment to editing.

You must be a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident of Canada to apply.


Tuition for all 2020 Cineplex Film Program labs is $8,000.00.

If accepted into the program, you are eligible to apply for a CFC scholarship of up to $8,000.00 based on financial need.

Please note that there is a $100.00 application fee via PayPal for all Cineplex Film Program applications.


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Program Design

Craft and Collaboration

Editing exercises, case studies and production workshops are designed to increase your technical, collaborative and creative storytelling skills. Editors are immersed in a myriad of perspectives and approaches to editing to enhance their role in the storytelling process.

Working alongside the other CineplexFilm Program labs, you will gain experience working with different material and creative partners, while sharpening your editing and collaborative skills. Exercises are customized each year to meet the needs of the editors, individually and as a group, as required.

Business and Marketplace

To help define long-term career goals, professional strategy and ensure you are equipped to manage changes in the post-production arena, you will engage in a number of sessions focused on the business of editing.

Key Project: Cutting the Feature

This component puts into practice the dramatic, organizational and professional skills required for an editor to successfully tackle cutting a feature. Over the course of the program, you will be tasked with editing a produced feature film while receiving high-level feedback and mentorship.The goal is for each editor to leave with the skills and confidence necessary to seek out, secure and execute a feature or TV series gig.





As part of the online application form, you will be asked to upload a single PDF file comprised of each document listed below in their respective order. Be sure to include your full name at the top of each page, as well as the title of the document.


This is our introduction to you! Please include a description of what your immediate and long term goals are as an editor. How might the lab specifically help you advance your craft?


A current and brief account of your previous work experience, education, and qualifications.


Please include a list of all your produced onscreen work. This should include any applicable credits you have as an editor, assistant editor, or other roles in post-production. Please include the year the project was produced, along with any other key creatives involved. Only produced projects should be included.


Letters from two people who are familiar with your work as an editor. The letters should emphasize your proven commitment to your craft and be addressed to the ‘Editors’ Lab Selection Committee.’ These can be uploaded with the application, or emailed by the referee to


Visual support materials submitted should showcase your editing talent, demonstrating the strength of your vision as well as your ability to tell a compelling story. This can include film, TV, doc, web, commercials, and/or music videos.

All materials submitted for review must be in their entirety, including shorts and/or feature films (please do not submit demo reels, clips or trailers). If submitting multiple works, please compile them into an album/ playlist in order of preferred viewing.

Please note that at any time during the selection process, we may request additional materials.

To accompany your visual support materials, you will be asked to provide a summary of your submission. Please provide short synopses (1-2 sentences) of all visual support materials. Include the year produced, running time, list of key creatives credited on each piece (writer, director, producer, editor), production/post-production status, and distribution status (any festival/broadcast/online to date). To ensure we prioritize what you believe is your strongest work; please specify scenes (time codes) to be viewed from these materials.



Please review the application requirements in advance of submitting.

All applicants will be notified via email of their application status no later than end of March. Due to the high volume of applicants, feedback will only be offered to shortlisted applicants.


A selection committee comprised of industry professionals and key program staff is assembled to create a shortlist of applicants who will be selected for an interview.

Prior to the interview, we will put you in touch with a recent alumnus or alumna to answer any questions you have about the program design and expectations.

The interview is structured as a conversation with the filmmaker and is intended to assist the committee in determining which candidates will best contribute to, and benefit from, the program’s design.

Whenever possible, the CFC sets up in-person interviews with those applicants based outside of Ontario. At a minimum, phone interviews are arranged.

Applicants selected for the program are contacted shortly after interviews. 


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