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Tenth Annual Fellowship Provides Unique Opportunities for Emerging Documentary Film Editors

Open Call for Submissions Begins FEBRUARY 3, 2020

Received by Deadline is MARCH 13, 2020

Entering its tenth year, the Karen Schmeer Emerging Editor Fellowship champions emerging documentary editors by developing their talent, expanding their creative community, and furthering their career aspirations. In collaboration with American Cinema Editors (ACE), Manhattan Edit Workshop, Camden International Film Festival, the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, SXSW and other partners, the fellowship offers a wide array of opportunities including mentorship with established editors. The fellowship also administers the Diversity in the Edit Room Program, which this year is providing mentorship to twenty-one talented editors.

The organization honors the memory of gifted editor Karen Schmeer (“The Fog of War”; “Fast, Cheap & Out of Control”; “Bobby Fischer Against the World”), who was killed in a hit-and-run accident at the age of 39, on January 29, 2010.

Editors who are based in the US and have cut at least one feature documentary (60 minutes or more) but no more than three feature films (fiction or documentary) are encouraged to apply for the fellowship.

Documentary films edited by fellows include: “American Factory” (Lindsay Utz, 2020 Academy Award for Best Documentary), “Crip Camp” (Eileen Meyer), “Us Kids” (Leigh Johnson), “Call Her Ganda” (Victoria Chalk) “The Seer and the Unseen” (Erin Casper), “The Lovers and the Despot” (Jim Hession), “Obit” (Kristin Bye), “Seymour: An Introduction” (Anna Gustavi) and “An Inconvenient Sequel” (Colin Nusbaum).

OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS — the fellowship will accept applications now through Friday, March 13, 2020. Applicants will be notified of their status in June 2020. More details about the fellowship and application requirements/forms can be found online: www.karenschmeer.com

The 2020-21 fellowship benefits include:

  • EDITOR MENTORSHIP — with guidance from American Cinema Editors, the fellow will be given a mentorship with an established editor or editors who fit the fellow’s interests.
  • AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP — benefits include subscription to Cinema Editor Magazine and opportunity to vote for the ACE Eddie Awards.
  • ACE EDITFEST LOS ANGELES ADMISSION — a seminar event featuring working experts in the field of editing.
  • SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL CREDENTIAL — access to non-theater festival venues such as the Filmmaker Lodge, New Frontier, and the Sundance ASCAP Music Café.
  • SXSW FILM BADGE — full access to film screenings, panels, mentor sessions and more at the South By Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
  • MANHATTAN EDIT WORKSHOP CLASS — editing class at New York City’s Manhattan Edit Workshop; an Apple, Adobe & Avid Authorized editing and training facility.
  • MANHATTAN EDIT WORKSHOP’S “SIGHT, SOUND & STORY” EVENT ADMISSION — a daylong seminar with editing professionals in New York CIty.
  • IFFBOSTON FESTIVAL CHROME PASS — full access to films, panels and more at the Independent Film Festival Boston.
  • ROOFTOP FILMS SUMMER SERIES FRIEND MEMBERSHIP & $1000 EQUIPMENT RENTAL CREDIT — complimentary entry for the fellow and a guest to all regularly priced Summer Series shows at New York’s long-running outdoor film festival, plus an equipment rental credit for up to $1000 for a projector, sound system, screen, etc.
  • INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION’S GETTING REAL CONFERENCE PASS — a three-day conference in Los Angeles designed by documentary filmmakers for documentary filmmakers.
  • CAMDEN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL PASS — located in Camden, Maine, CIFF is one of the top 12 documentary film festivals in the world.
  • TRAVEL EXPENSES / ACCOMMODATIONS — the fellow will be provided with travel, three nights of accommodations, and a per diem to two of the festivals/classes above (excluding Sundance), based on the fellow’s preference.
  • INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY ASSOCIATION (IDA) ONE-YEAR MEMBERSHIP — dedicated to building and serving the needs of a thriving documentary culture.
  • PURE NONFICTION SEASON PASS — exclusive documentary film screenings at New York City’s IFC Center.
  • DCTV MEMBERSHIP AND DCTV PRESENTS SEASON PASS — DCTV has been NYC’s preeminent community of and for documentary storytellers since 1972.
  • $1000 CASH AWARD
  • $250 POWELL’S BOOKS ONLINE GIFT CERTIFICATE — an online gift certificate to Powell’s Books (Karen’s favorite), based in Portland, Oregon.
  • ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD MEMBERSHIP — includes Adobe Premiere Pro.

KAREN SCHMEER, ACE, was an award-winning film editor whose work included Errol Morris’s “The Fog of War” (Academy Award Winner for Best Documentary), “Mr. Death,” and “Fast, Cheap and Out of Control.” She edited “Sketches of Frank Gehry,” directed by Sydney Pollack, “The Same River Twice,” “My Father the Genius,” and “American Experience: A Brilliant Madness.” Her fiction film “American Son” premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. For the HBO film “Sergio,” Karen won the Best Editing Award at Sundance in 2009. Karen was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, and attended Boston University. On her way home from editing Liz Garbus’s “Bobby Fischer Against the World,” Karen was struck and killed by a car fleeing a robbery in New York City on January 29, 2010.

AMERICAN CINEMA EDITORS (ACE) is an honorary association of professional film editors that celebrates & promotes the art of editing. Editors are included on the basis of professional achievement, dedication to educating others, and commitment to the craft of editing.

Contact information:

Garret Savage

Board President, KSFEF


For more information, please visit www.karenschmeer.com or email info[at]karenschmeer[dot]com



Twitter @KarenSchmeerFEF

Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship Board Members:

Garret Savage, President

Robin Hessman, Vice President

Francisco Bello

Erin Casper

Ann Kim

Ellie Lee

Maya Mumma

Rachel Shuman

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