SUBMITTING A FILM TO OUR PROGRAM
Since 1999, our unique six-week workshop has brought together independent filmmakers in need of editing help and up-and-coming editors looking to sharpen their skills. Filmmakers accepted into our program receive free rough cuts edited by our students, plus input from the award-winning editors who teach our classes and supervise the students’ work.
Past participants in our program include indie-film success stories like Winter's Bone (Oscar Nominee, Best Picture 2011), Frozen River (Oscar Nominee, Best Original Screenplay 2009), Finishing Heaven (HBO, 2010 Emmy Nominee), and Donald Cried (2016 SXSW, The Orchard).
If you have a film that could benefit from free post-production help, our application can be found here. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.
We accept applications from narrative and documentary films at any stage of post-production. Both emerging and established filmmakers are encouraged to apply, and we welcome a range of artistic approaches. Filmmakers agree to credit our students in the final film and allow students to use their final edited scenes on a professional reel.
Once an application is submitted and reviewed, promising candidates will be contacted for a phone interview. Two films are chosen per course. Please note that The Edit Center receives more project proposals than we can accept and applications generally take 2-3 weeks to process.
Post-production is expensive. Whatever the budget, any indie film can benefit from more edit time. In an average workshop of 10 students, participating films gets about 600 person-hours of free editing work.
If you don’t yet have the budget to hire a professional editor, scenes edited in our workshop can serve as the basis for pitch reels, grant applications, and fundraising trailers. Our students’ rough cut of your film can also be the starting point for a more experienced editor to take over later.
If you’ve already started your edit, our workshop can be a chance to experiment with ideas that you don’t have time or money to try in your own edit room. We bring fresh eyes to your film, generating new ideas and inspiring out-of-the-box solutions to tricky scenes.
Two films are workshopped in each six-week session, each for two-and-a-half weeks. At the beginning of the process, the filmmakers visit the classroom to introduce their project and discuss their vision. Scenes are then divided up between the students, who begin editing under the supervision of our experienced teachers. (Past teachers include the editors of Beasts of the Southern Wild, Sicko, “30 Rock,” ”Mad Men,” and “Boardwalk Empire”). The filmmakers return throughout the workshop to give feedback on the students' works-in-progress.
On narrative projects, each student usually finishes several scenes and often the class completes a rough cut of the entire film. On documentary projects, students begin with 1-4 hours of raw footage and usually finish one 2-to-5-minute scene.
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What about confidentiality?
Student reels are password-protected and each student signs a non-disclosure agreement.
Who are the students?
Our students include recent film school grads, professionals transitioning from other fields, directors and producers who want to understand editing, and established editors who want more film experience. We have a track record of training amazing editors, including:
Chad Beck (Inside Job, Page One: Inside The New York Times), Sophie Corra (Love & Friendship), Lou Ford (The Witch, Don’t Breathe), Matt Hamachek (Cartel Land, If a Tree Falls), Jenny Lee (The Skeleton Twins, My Blind Brother), Michael Taylor (Love is Strange, Elvis & Nixon), and Tyler Walk (How to Survive a Plague, Where to Invade Next).
Will having many different editors make the work disjointed?
Believe it or not, no. Editing is supervised by our experienced teachers, and students screen each other's work to consider how their scenes relates to the film as a whole.
What editing platform do you use?
The workshop is Avid-focused but we accept Premiere and Final Cut X projects as well.