American Cinema Editors (ACE), the honorary society of motion picture editors, made its international debut last weekend in the U.K. with EditFest London. The event took place at the Ray Dolby Theater in Soho to a sold-out crowd of working and aspiring editors and industry professionals. A roster of top editors shared their experiences at panels over the course of the day, offering attendees a chance to hear these artists talk about their work, ask questions of them and mingle with colleagues.
Los Angeles-based Steve Rivkin, A.C.E. (Avatar, the Pirates of the Caribbean Trilogy) opened the day and welcomed panelists and attendees to the event.
EditFest London featured interactive, face-to-face dialogue and Q&A sessions, which included “Small Screen, Big Picture – Panel with Television Editors,” moderated by Gordon Burkell (Art of the Guillotine) and featured panelists Kristina Hetherington (Room at the Top, Birdsong), Oral Norrie Ottey (Generation Kill, Game of Thrones), and Kate Evans, A.C.E. (Buddha of Suburbia, The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall). Mick Audsley (Harry Potter and the Goblet Fire, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time) moderated “From Dailies to Delivery – Editing Features” with panelists; Chris Dickens, A.C.E. (Les Miserables, Slumdog Millionaire), Tracy Granger, A.C.E. (Still Life, Frank), John Wilson, A.C.E. (Day of the Flowers, Billy Elliot), and Eddie Hamilton, A.C.E. (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass 2).
EditFest London closed the sessions with a conversation with Anne V. Coates, ACE (Lawrence of Arabia, The Elephant Man, Erin Brockovich), moderated by Tom Rolf, A.C.E. (Taxi Driver, The Right Stuff). The evening ended with a cocktail reception at the nearby Soho Hotel, where panelists and attendees continued conversation and discussion.
Launched in Los Angeles in 2008, expanded to New York, EditFest London has been long-requested by the U.K. community. EditFest was designed for professional as well as aspiring editors, postproduction team members, content creators, production execs and those who love the art and craft of editing.