The Norman Jewison Film Program - Editors' Lab

2022 PROGRAM DATES


    APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED

    APPLICATION DEADLINE:

    JANUARY 31, 2022 @ 5:00 PM EST

    PROGRAM STARTS:

    JULY 2022

    PROGRAM ENDS

    DECEMBER 2022

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Overview
HOW IT WORKS
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WHAT IS IT?

The Editors’ Lab is one of four Labs in The Norman Jewison Film Program.

It is a 5 & 1/2-month, full-time program for up to four (4) editors a year and provides the opportunity to:

  • Build your confidence by exercising narrative, cinematic, and technical storytelling skills
  • Establish strong relationships through collaboration with directors, writers, producers, and other key creatives
  • Engage in both the artistic and technical aspects of editing
  • Edit a range of projects, and gain experience with professional workflows
  • Increase your ability to contribute meaningfully to the script-to-screen process
  • Define what your unique offerings are within the screen industry
  • Generate an expanded reel of work that showcases your talent and skills

Ultimately, the experience in the Editors’ Lab gives you a host of new relationships and enhanced skills, an expanded reel of professionally produced work that further showcases your talent, and experience cutting a variety of narrative content, along with an understanding of the next steps needed to advance your career. 


IS THIS THE PROGRAM FOR YOU?

This program is designed for emerging/mid-level editors who are self-driven and committed storytellers, who are ready to explore different practices, approaches and new creative partnerships, and who are eager to diversify by working on a range of material.

We are looking for editors who have:

  • Editing experience
  • A growing body of onscreen work as an editor that showcases your talent and skills
  • A strong desire to collaborate with other artists/creators throughout the script-to-screen process, and to broaden your creative and business relationships
  • Solid technical skills
  • An interest in furthering your understanding of the changing marketplace and professional opportunities

We are looking for editors who bring different points of view, different types of projects, and different experiences and skills to the table, working across all narrative genres and styles.

You can have experience in grassroots independent filmmaking, documentary, commercials, lifestyle, music videos, or can be transitioning from other creative roles in the onscreen industry, provided you have the technical skills necessary – but your focus while in the Lab will be on your narrative storytelling.

Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada


TUITION & FEES

Tuition is $8,000 CAD.

Through the generosity of donors and partners, the CFC offers financial assistance, including full or partial scholarships and bursaries, to help offset tuition fees and additional costs associated with participating in our core programs each year. For more information, please visit: cfccreates.com/cfc-financial-assistance.

Please note that there is a $100 CAD application fee via PayPal for all applications to The Norman Jewison Film Program. If the application fee is a barrier to applying, please contact: programs@cfccreates.com.


ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process, or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations, please contact Deborah Fallows, Executive Lead, People & Culture, at: dfallows@cfccreates.com.


CONTACT

For questions and clarifications, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.

HOW IT WORKS

The Editors’ Lab experience is a combination of individually focused mentorship, Lab-specific and cross-discipline workshops, and sessions targeting the artistic, collaborative, practical, and business aspects of editing and creating.

Each editor in the Lab will have different trajectories and goals coming into and upon leaving the program, so we take a targeted approach to individual mentorship and project development, consulting with you along the way.

This program is designed to engage a multitude of working professionals on short-term contracts as workshop leaders, consultants and mentors, that best reflect the needs of each cohort. We do not operate with a full-time/permanent faculty.

To ensure we have the flexibility to build the right program activities for each individual and cohort, we do not have a set curriculum. Elements of the program, including mentors, guests and workshops, will change annually according to the needs of the current cohort and the projects in question, while continuing to reflect the core components outlined below.

The program is full-time, with the expectation that this is a priority for you. We schedule a lot of activities, as well as pockets of time for you to apply feedback and advance your work, to take time to digest the learning, and to regroup/reassess as needed.

In general, the program runs Monday to Friday during business hours, with exceptions made for guest availability, and for production activities as necessary. We cluster in-person program days wherever possible, with other days being set up for virtual/remote participation as appropriate.

The Editors’ Lab is designed to be highly collaborative with the other Labs (Writers, Producers, Directors), and wherever possible with the talent in other CFC core programs: the CBC Actors Conservatory, the Slaight Music Residency, and the Bell Media Prime Time TV Program. This Lab is for editors who are ready to collaborate with other artists as a way of expanding your professional skills, your work, and your creative process.

The CFC does not take any ownership of underlying IP to material brought into or created in the program, but does own the completed produced exercises, short films and showcases, as all insurance, agreements and ongoing liabilities are with CFC.


1. DEVELOPING VOICE & CREATIVE VISION

Editors learn how to best engage creatively, and support artistic vision and story through the editing process, while balancing creative and practical considerations. You will explore different practices and approaches to affirm that there is no one way to approach a story, and to build a range of experiences to draw upon when examining and evolving your work and process, through:

  • Case studies with creators, including guest editors, to help break down a variety of approaches, styles, techniques, and work
  • Hands-on workshops and production exercises, which provides you the opportunity to exercise your story, cinematic, and collaborative skills on a variety of material and with a range of creators
  • Individual coaching throughout, to increase your ability to better communicate and execute, and support your exploration of what makes you and your perspective distinct

2. BUILDING COMMUNITY & STRONG CREATIVE PARTNERSHIPS

Editors expand your understanding of how best to respect and engage with directors, producers, actors, writers, and other key collaborators, through practical interaction, workshops, and mentorship.

The opportunity to work through artistic differences, develop and navigate effective communication styles, and discover your best approach all serve to deliver on this component

As you work together with other creatives in a variety of ways on several exercises and projects, you will build relationships, expand your networks, and ideally forge long-lasting partnerships.


3. UNDERSTANDING THE BUSINESS OF EDITING & THE MARKETPLACE

You will meet with a range of other editors and industry professionals, gaining a better understanding of the wider screen industry. Experts and mentors share knowledge, coaching, and feedback on your work, best and evolving practices, and insights into how to navigate your larger career strategy.

These sessions and meetings are meant to help bridge the gap between your creative aspirations and the business, while also expanding your professional network.


4. EXPANDED REEL

Throughout the Lab, you will undertake a high volume of short form work across a variety of genres, as well as edit a previously produced dramatic feature, with ongoing support, feedback, and mentorship.

You will leave with a more robust portfolio of produced work that speaks to your creative and technical abilities, as well as the tools and confidence to secure and deliver on a professional job.


ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process, or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations, please contact Deborah Fallows, Executive Lead, People & Culture, at: dfallows@cfccreates.com.


CONTACT

For questions and clarifications, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.

APPLY

WHAT YOU NEED

As part of the application process, you will be asked to complete an online form, as well as upload a PDF comprised of your Resumé/CV and Filmography. 

1. LETTER OF INTENT [MAX 1000 WORDS]

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 goals, and what aspects of the script-to-screen process do you want to focus on?

2. RESUMÉ / CURRICULUM VITAE [MAX TWO (2) PAGES]
and FILMOGRAPHY [MAX ONE (1) PAGE]

Your Resumé/Curriculum Vitae should contain an up-to-date account of your experience, education, and/or training.

Your Filmography is a rundown of all your produced onscreen work, listing any applicable credits you have as an editor, assistant editor, other roles in post-production, etc.  

Your Filmography should include:

  • The title of the project.
  • Your role(s) on the project.
  • The year the project was produced.
  • The format of the project (feature, short, series, commercial, web, etc.)
  • Other key creatives you worked with (writer, director, producer, editor, etc.)

Please upload a single PDF file [MAX THREE (3) PAGES]. Be sure to include your full name at the top of each page, as well as the title of the document.

3. VISUAL SUPPORT MATERIAL

Visual support materials submitted should showcase your editing talent, demonstrating your ability to tell a compelling story. This can include any genre of film, television, documentary, web content, commercials, and/or music videos. You may submit up to five (5) projects.

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 list them in order of preferred viewing. To ensure we prioritize what you believe is your strongest work, please specify scenes (time codes) to be viewed from these materials.

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(s), including:

  • The title of the project.
  • Your role(s) on the project.
  • The year the project was produced.
  • Other key creatives you worked with (writer, director, producer, editor, etc.)
  • The format of the project (feature, short, series, commercial, web, etc.)
  • The genre.
  • A brief synopsis [MAX 75 WORDS].
  • The run time.
  • The production/post-production status.
  • The distribution status.
4. YOUR ADVOCATES

Please provide us with contact information (phone and email) for up to two (2) people who are familiar with you, your work, your process, and/or your creative aspirations. We may reach out to your advocate(s) to arrange a phone or video call. 


OUR SELECTION PROCESS

APPLICATION

Please review the application requirements in advance of submitting.

All applicants will be notified via email of their application status throughout the process.

Due to the high volume of applicants, feedback will only be offered to shortlisted applicants.

INTERVIEW

A pre-selection committee comprised of industry professionals and key program staff will be assembled to create a shortlist of applicants selected for a final interview, after a thorough review of your application materials.

Prior to the final interview, shortlisted artists will be put in touch with a recent program alum to answer any questions you have about the program design, outcomes, expectations, and the interview itself. We will also share in advance who is on the final selection committee.

Our pre- and final selection committees will reflect a cross-section of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, and will include CFC alum/working professionals.

The interview is structured as a conversation with each artist/applicant, as a way to get to know more about your work, your process, and your goals. It is a key step in helping the committee determine their final decisions.

The CFC will set up virtual/remote interviews with all shortlisted applicants.

The CFC will provide feedback to all shortlisted candidates who request it, regardless of the outcome.

Applicants selected for the program will be contacted within a few weeks after the interviews. 


ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT

The CFC is committed to providing accessible practices that are in compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). If you require accommodation at any stage of the application process, or have any questions regarding appropriate accommodations, please contact Deborah Fallows, Executive Lead, People & Culture, at: dfallows@cfccreates.com.


CONTACT

For questions and clarifications, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.

Applications for this program are now closed