Editors' Lab

Editors' Lab

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, and if you have any questions, please contact programs@cfccreates.com.


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.


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.


Deadlines and Fees:

Applications for the 2019 Cineplex Film Program are now closed. If you would like more information on this program, please contact programs@cfccfreates.com

There is a $100 application fee via Paypal at the end of the application process.

Editors' Lab Application Requirements:

Letter of Intent: A one-page description outlining what you hope to achieve by attending the lab. Include your expectations of the program and touch on your immediate and long-term goals as they relate to strengthening your craft and creative vision.

Curriculum Vitae: Please provide your current CV.

Filmography: Outlining your editing credits experience in the film/TV industry. All writing, development, production and post-production experience is valid; however, all non-editing experience is to be listed in your Curriculum Vitae. Only produced projects should be included.

Visual Support Materials: 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 pieces submitted for review must be in their entirety, including shorts and/or feature films (please do not submit demo reels, clips or trailers).

Provide a link to either a Playlist or Album of projects (in their entirety) in order of preferred viewing, as the selection committee may have limited viewing time and we want to ensure we prioritize what you believe is your strongest work; please specify scenes (time codes) to be viewed from these materials in the Visual Support Synopses.

Please note: we prefer to receive a link to view your materials online, but if that isn’t possible please send us 3 copies on DVD via mail. If you would like your DVDs returned, please include a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Visual Support Synopses: Provide short synopses (3-5 sentences) of all visual support materials. Include the running time and a list of key creatives credited on each piece (writer, director, producer, editor) and distribution status (any festival/broadcast/online to date). Please be sure to also include the scenes (time codes) for each project that best exemplify your strengths and talents.

2 Letters of Reference: From anyone who is familiar with your editing ability. 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 programs@cfccreates.com.

Please note that at any time during the selection process, we may request additional materials. When uploading the above materials to the application, please include the following in a single PDF, with your name and title of the required document at the top of each page: Letter of Intent, CV/Resume, Filmography, Visual Support Synopses, and 2 Letters of Reference. If you are shortlisted, you will be required to complete an editing exercise during the selection process. 


A selection committee comprised of industry professionals and key program staff is assembled and short-lists applicants for interviews.

All applicants will be notified no later than end of March of whether or not they have been short-listed for an interview. Applicants whose submissions are not short-listed will be notified by email. Due to the number of applications we receive, we are not able to give individual feedback at this stage of the process.

The interview is a conversation with the filmmaker about his or her work and who they are, and is intended to assist the committee in determining which candidates will best contribute to and benefit from the program’s design. 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, expectations, and design.

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