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EditCon 2021

EditCon 2021 in Review

In the editing room, everything is new.
EditCon 2021 Jinmo Yang
Jinmo Yang, ACE
The CCE took the 4th annual EditCon online with two days of amazing panel talks, virtual breakout rooms, and networking for over two hundred attendees from Canada and around the world.
Presented under the theme “Shifting World, Shifting Industry,” keynote discussions on both days featured award-winning editors Michelle Tesoro, ACE (THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT, GODLESS, WHEN THEY SEE US), and Jinmo Yang, ACE (PARASITE, OKJA, TRAIN TO BUSAN). Additional panels featured editors from the hit TV series EUPHORIA, I MAY DESTROY YOU, THE HANDMAID’S TALE, NORMAL PEOPLE, VIDA, #BLACKAF, as well as feature films BLOOD QUANTUM, BACKCOUNTRY, MAMA, RABID, and many more.
The CCE rounded out the weekend with our traditional EditCon raffle, thanks to prize donations from our generous sponsors, and attendees mingled in a unique virtual networking world. 

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DAY 1: Panels & Talks


Working from home: has Covid-19 changed the collaboration dynamic forever, or are we just waiting to head back into the office? Stephen Philipson, CCE, and D. Gillian Truster, CCE, kick things off by sharing stories of rolling with the punches this past year, and reflecting on how the job of editing may or may not change when the pandemic finally ends.

Stephen is an award-winning editor of TV series such as ALTERED CARBON (Netflix), AMERICAN GODS (Starz), ANNE WITH AN E (CBC/ Netflix), and HANNIBAL (NBC), and films such as THE WILD HUNT (by Alexandre Franchi), GROWN UP MOVIE STAR (by Adriana Maggs) and documentary PROM NIGHT IN MISSISSIPPI (starring Morgan Freeman), which premiered at Sundance, broadcast on HBO, and screened at The White House. Stephen is honoured to serve as CCE President and help the CCE advocate for editors across Canada.

Hailing from Toronto, Gillian began her career as an assistant editor. She has since had a diverse career editing drama series, feature films, and MOWs in a variety of genres, and the good fortune to work with many prominent and celebrated producers, directors, and screenwriters. Gillian is best known for her work on ORPHAN BLACK, ANNE WITH AN E, and THE EXPANSE. She has won two CSA awards, a DGC award, and has earned eleven award Nominations.

Keep cutting, keep challenging yourself.
Editcon 2021 Michelle Tesoro
Michelle Tesoro, ACE

KEYNOTE: In Conversation with Michelle Tesoro, ACE

Michelle Tesoro, ACE, is a master of drama, intrigue and suspense. From FRINGE to THE NEWSROOM, Michelle’s work shows a range of storytelling techniques. Join Paul Day, CCE, and Michelle Tesoro, ACE, as they discuss Michelle’s work, including her most recent feat of editing an entire mini-series, THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT.

Paul has been a picture editor for 25 years and has worked with such companies as Netflix, MGM, AMC, Showtime and many more. Some of his recent editing credits include ANOTHER LIFE, RANSOM, INTO THE BADLANDS, DARK MATTER and LOST GIRL. He is one of the Canadian Cinema Editors’ co-founders and currently sits on the National Board for the Directors Guild of Canada.

Cutting-edge picture editor Michelle Tesoro, ACE, is an industry rising star. Tesoro cut Netflix’s top-rated series THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT, Emmy-nominated series WHEN THEY SEE US, GODLESS, HOUSE OF CARDS, and HBO’s series THE NEWSROOM. She also cut features like Focus Features’ Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg biography ON THE BASIS OF SEX, Participant Media’s SHOT CALLER, and SXSW’s Grand Jury Prize-winning film NATURAL SELECTION, which earned Tesoro the 2011 SXSW Award for Best Editing.

Making a jug of coffee, sitting down at my desk, and watching dailies has got to be the best feeling. We're all creatives. We have a need to output.
EditCon 2021 Stephen OConnell
Stephen O'Connell

PANEL: When TV Saved Us - The Shift to Home Viewing

As the world settled into lockdown, TV entertainment went from distraction to lifeline. With audiences trying to make sense of world events, stories and characters matter more than ever. As the entertainment landscape shifts to meet an unprecedented need for engaging content delivered on-demand to an audience stuck at home, how will this change the stories we tell, and the way we tell them? The editors of some of the most binge-worthy shows reflect on how their work landed in this time and place, what the stories meant to audiences, and how that affected their process during a pandemic.

Christopher Donaldson’s work as an editor spans an extensive variety of dramatic and documentary features and television. His credits include THE HANDMAID’S TALE for Hulu, AMERICAN GODS for Starz, PENNY DREADFUL for Showtime/SkyAtlantic, Atom Egoyan’s REMEMBER, Sarah Polley’s TAKE THIS WALTZ, THE KIDS IN THE HALL: DEATH COMES TO TOWN for CBC, and SLINGS & ARROWS for TMN/Showcase/Sundance Channel.

Amy started as an Assistant Editor on films like MY OWN PRIVATE IDAHO, CORRINA, CORRINA, and TO DIE FOR. She edited 20 features, including HIGH ART, LAUREL CANYON, ELEGY and Gus Van Sant’s remake of PSYCHO, and TV series such as DEXTER, THE KILLING, VIDA and most recently, HUNTERS. She is currently editing the limited series MARE OF EASTTOWN, starring Kate Winslet, for HBO. Amy graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Fine Arts Studies.

Multiple award-winning editor Wendy Hallam Martin is best known for her work on the Emmy and Golden Globe winning series, THE HANDMAID’S TALE. Wendy has received two Emmy nominations and won her first Emmy for the second season premier entitled “June”. She also won an ACE/Eddie award for the pilot, “Offred”. Her other work includes the critically acclaimed cable series AMERICAN GODS, MGM’s spy thriller CONDOR which she edited and co-produced, Showtime’s THE TUDORS, THE BORGIAS and QUEER AS FOLK, to name a few.

Born in Dublin, Ireland, Stephen has been editing drama & documentary across Europe for 25 years. His work spans time with U2 on music promos and documentaries in the 1990’s to television dramas for BBC, RAI, Amazon, Netflix, Starz, CBC, HULU, SKY amongst others. Projects include THE NAME OF THE ROSE, HOWARD’S END and NORMAL PEOPLE, to feature films VIVA, THE MAN WHO INVENTED CHRISTMAS, and MAUDIE for which he won the CSA award for best editing in 2018.

Laura Zempel grew up in Sacramento, CA and received a BFA in Film Production from Chapman University. She began her career in Film and TV as an assistant editor on DEXTER, and has gone on to edit HBO’s ROOM 104, EUPHORIA, and most recently AMC’s DISPATCHES FROM ELSEWHERE.


Adobe presents an interactive demo of Premiere Pro Productions for editors working independently, collaborating with a team, or needing remote editing workflows. Designed from the ground up with input from top filmmakers and Hollywood editorial teams, this suite provides new tools for managing projects, sharing assets between them, and keeping everything organized. Early versions of the underlying technology were battle-tested on recent films such as MANK, TERMINATOR: DARK FATE, and DOLEMITE IS MY NAME.

Tucked away in a cabin in the woods, Geoffrey Boulangé and Sophie Deraspe set about editing the award winning film, ANTIGONE. In this session Geoffrey Boulangé discusses the processes that went into editing the film; including cutting while shooting; working in FCPX, and co-editing with director Sophie Deraspe.

The new workflows are already a challenge, but how do we deal with the mental and physical difficulties of working from home during a pandemic? Join a panel of IATSE 891 members to discuss keeping yourself motivated; mental & physical health (e.g. feeling low and what to do about it); communicating with your team, how to keep the lines open; changes to the editor / assistant relationship; scheduling challenges and managing your hours. Over the 2 days we will have various IATSE 891 editors and assistant editors joining the discussion: Daria Ellerman, CCE, Gordon Rempel, CCE, Rehan Khokar and Lianne Oelke.

The skills required of an assistant editor in animation are quite different from those working in live-action. There are no takes to log, nor dailies to process and sync. Instead you are building shows, updating episodes and providing necessary materials and inspiration to artists. Animation editor Merissa Tse shares her wisdom and experience of what makes a good assistant editor in the field of animation.

The post production supervisor is often a mystery to many. What do they do, who are they and does every show need one? Join Nahid Islam for an intimate Q&A on the ins and outs of post production fundamentals and answering your questions about the process behind the scenes.

This panel, hosted by picture editor and sound editor Roderick Deogrades, will focus on the importance of mentorship and the editor/assistant relationship. This interactive discussion will cover topics like the importance of training, benefits of mentorship for both the assistant and the editor, paying it forward and building a network.

It’s about how to be a storyteller, it’s not about the technical. I want to create an environment that is nurturing and offer opportunities for assistants to cut.
EditCon 2021 Rod Deogrades
Roderick Deogrades
Editor & Mentor

DAY 2: Panels & Talks

KEYNOTE: In Conversation with Jinmo Yang, ACE

Action, comedy, drama, romance, horror and thriller – Jinmo Yang, ACE’s outstanding body of work covers almost every genre in filmmaking. His mastery of pacing and tone is often on display as he rides the line between genres, from the action/comedy of LUCK-KEY, to the thriller/comedy PARASITE. Whether working on or off set Mr. Yang is truly a master of his artform. Multitalented moderator Sook-Yin Lee sits with Oscar-nominated editor Jinmo Yang, ACE for an in-depth conversation about the craft of Picture Editing.

Sook-Yin Lee is a Canadian filmmaker, musician, actor, and multimedia artist. The award-winning radio and TV broadcaster starred in John Cameron Mitchell’s ground- breaking LGBTQ movie, SHORTBUS, which premiered at Cannes. YEAR OF THE CARNIVORE, Leeʼs feature film debut as writer-director, premiered at TIFF. Sook-Yin won the 2014 Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance by a Lead Dramatic Actress for her role as “Olivia Chow” in JACK. Her movie, OCTAVIO IS DEAD! won Best Director and Best Picture awards at the Downtown LA Film Festival 2018. Her feature movie DEATH AND SICKNESS streams on CBC Gem in Canada.

Jinmo Yang is an award-winning South Korean film editor who has edited over a dozen feature films, including the international hits PARASITE, OKJA, and TRAIN TO BUSAN. With PARASITE, directed by Bong Joon-ho, Mr. Yang gained international acclaim and recognition including an Academy Award nomination for Best Editing, and an American Cinema Editors Award for Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic), the first non-English-language film to win this top prize.

I love cutting horror. Especially ghost stories...because it is magical in the edit suite.
EditCon 2021 Michele Conroy
Michele Conroy
Editor, MAMA

PANEL: Thrills & Chills - Editing Dark Genre in Feature Film

The past year has brought our lives no shortage of fear-inducing moments, and yet films that offer us frights continue to be one of our greatest escapes. Join editors Michele Conroy (IN THE TALL GRASS, THE SILENCE, MAMA), Jeff Barnaby (BLOOD QUANTUM, RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS), Dev Singh (INCIDENT IN A GHOSTLAND, BACKCOUNTRY) and moderator Erin Deck (RABID) as they share their insights into crafting successful films that both entertain us and play upon our fears and anxieties.

Erin Deck is an editor in both film and television. Her work has earned her multiple nominations and awards through the DGC, CSA and CCE. Some of her TV credits include ALTERED CARBON, INTO THE BADLANDS, GINNY & GEORGIA, and KILLJOYS. Her film credits include RABID, OUR HOUSE, BIG SKY, AFTER THE BALL, and THE BARRENS

Jeff Barnaby was born and raised on the rural Mi’gMaq reserve of Listuguj, Quebec. A multi-disciplined artist, he has won several awards for his artwork, pœtry, short stories, music and films. His work provides a bare-knuckled view of post-colonial Mi’gMaq life, defying stereotypical treatments of First Nations’ narratives by using horror/sci-fi tropes to explore themes of violence, gender, race and Indigenous futurism.

Michele Conroy is a veteran film and television editor. Her work has earned multiple DGC awards including: MAMA, POMPEII and SPLICE, which was produced by Guillermo del Toro and directed by long- time collaborator Vincenzo Natali. Other collaborations with Natali include the ensemble romance PARIS, JE T’AIME, NOTHING, GETTING GILLIAM, and most recently IN THE TALL GRASS. Other theatrical releases include LITTLE ITALY, THE GRIZZLIES, and GINGER SNAPS: UNLEASHED. Her TV credits include VIKINGS, PENNY DREADFUL, FLASHPOINT, and THIS IS WONDERLAND

I edit movies and television. I hold a BSc in Biochemistry from Queen’s, attended Ryerson’s Film Studies program, and was a resident at the Canadian Film Centre. I’ve been fortunate to work with many wonderful artists and it is a joy to count them amongst my friends and collaborators. My credits include the acclaimed Backcountry, PEOPLE OF EARTH, and PICTURE DAY. In theatres and festivals soon: CINEMA OF SLEEP and SPIRAL. I’m currently working on the RESIDENT EVIL reboot.

Playing in the sandbox and creating that space in the edit suite is the best way to support the creators.
Christine Armstrong
Editor, #BLACKAF

PANEL: Breaking the Mold in Series TV

We’re currently experiencing a watershed moment for increased representation in storytelling. This year we’ve seen a wealth of stories originating from the BIPOC, LGBTQ2S and female perspectives that not only tackle tough topics surrounding mental health, addiction, sexual assault and racial prejudice, but also present powerful aesthetic and editorial triumphs. The editors behind I MAY DESTROY YOU, EUPHORIA, and #BLACKAF join us to discuss their groundbreaking work.

Shonna Foster is an award-winning director, storyteller, and producer. She received her BFA honors degree in Theatre from York University, where she studied in the Creative Ensemble Conservatory. She currently works as a freelance director, producer, and story consultant in film, television, and branded content, and is a longstanding board member of BIPOC TV and Film.

Christine Armstrong is a picture editor splitting her time between Los Angeles and Toronto. She has edited a variety of feature films, television series, short films, web series and commercials. Armstrong’s recent work includes editing the series #BLACKAF (Netflix), BARBELLE (Amazon) and feature films SUGAR DADDY, MARY GOES ROUND and THE NEW ROMANTIC which premiered at SXSW and won the Special Jury Recognition for Best First Feature. She is currently editing the series RUTHERFORD FALLS (NBCUniversal/Peacock) starring Ed Helms.

Shannon Baker Davis is an award-winning television and film editor. She began her career in unscripted television on iconic and Emmy-winning shows such as TOP CHEF and PROJECT RUNWAY. Her feature film credits include collaborations with directors Stella Meghie (THE WEEKEND, THE PHOTOGRAPH), and Ali LeRoi (THE OBITUARY OF TUNDE JOHNSON). She has worked with creators Issa Rae (INSECURE), Ava DuVernay (QUEEN SUGAR), and Kenya Barris (GROWN-ISH, #BLACKAF).

Julio C. Perez, IV lives and works in Los Angeles, editing in both narrative and documentary. His feature film work includes Chad Hartigan’s award-winning THIS IS MARTIN BONNER, which screened at Sundance, and an ongoing collaboration with director David Robert Mitchell, editing THE MYTH OF THE AMERICAN SLEEPOVER, IT FOLLOWS, and UNDER THE SILVER LAKE which have all screened at Cannes. He has recently worked with director Sam Levinson on the series EUPHORIA, as well as the upcoming feature MALCOLM AND MARIE.

Christian is a film editor, and occasional screenwriter. His career started in the writers room and as editor on the surreal comedy series CAMPUS. Recent work includes I MAY DESTROY YOU, SALLY4EVER, LOVE WEDDING REPEAT, and the upcoming FROM DEVIL’S BREATH, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel (VIRUNGA/THE WHITE HELMETS). In 2018 he wrote and edited TO WENDY WHO KICKED ME WHEN I SAID I LOVE YOU, an off- beat, romantic short film which premiered at the London Film Festival.


Join editor Ryan Morrison (STOWAWAY, ARCTIC) and assistant editor Russell Anderson (MANK) as they explore the challenges with remote editing work- flows and how they have solved them in their recent projects.

As editors our jobs are constantly expanding, with more and more tools at our fingertips it’s important to keep our technical skills as sharp as can be. Editing and co-ordinating with VFX can be daunting at times, but it’s always important to get it right. Editor Christopher Malanchen shares some tips, tricks and best practices that he learned from editing on Vice’s THE DEVIL YOU KNOW (Season 2) and Cooking Channel’s BITCHIN’ KITCHEN and from his tenure as the VFX Editor for BIG LITTLE LIES (Season 2).

The new workflows are already a challenge, but how do we deal with the mental and physical difficulties of working from home during a pandemic? Join a panel of IATSE 891 members to discuss keeping yourself motivated; mental & physical health (e.g. feeling low and what to do about it); communicating with your team, how to keep the lines open; changes to the editor / assistant relationship; scheduling challenges and managing your hours. Over the 2 days we will have various IATSE 891 editors and assistant editors joining the discussion: Mauri Bernstein, Sabrina Pitre, Gloria Mercer and Kelvin Tseng.

Every production starts with a solid plan but step by step as each phase inches closer and closer to being received by an editor’s invisible hand, that plan will unravel. Even if it is due to a global pandemic, it is on the editor to shift gears, to persevere for the story and aim to produce beyond what was undone. Let us discuss how we do this. Join the editor behind THE NATURE OF THINGS episode “The Covid Cruise” for a conversation about filmmaking in the Covid era.

Join editors Adam Phipps and Francis Laliberte, as they discuss the post-process for AMPLIFY, a 13-part documentary series about Indigenous musicians creating new works. Each episode features a different songwriter working through the creative process in-studio, while revealing how they personally relate to their new song. Further insight is brought to bear as Indigenous experts weigh-in on the deeper meaning of the song’s inspiration. All of this … on FCPx … seriously!

Cool heads, quick wits and sharp technical knowledge are just some of what is needed to be a great Assistant Editor. They are the lifeblood of post-production and our guests are at the top of their game. Join the Assistant Editors behind some of Canada’s most anticipated films from 2020: POSSESSOR, PERCY, and FUNNY BOY, as they discuss their approaches, challenges and answer your questions.

The moment someone feels less alone because of something I did, I've done my job.
Editcon 2021 Julio Perez
Julio C. Perez IV, ACE

EditCon 2021 Sponsors

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Thank you to our board & volunteers:

EditCon Programming Committee:

Maureen Grant

Rick Bartram

Stephen Philipson, CCE

EditCon Committee:

Rick Bartram

Maureen Grant

Jennifer Kidson

Jane MacRae

Isabelle Malenfant, CCE

Stephen Philipson, CCE

Sarah Taylor

CCE Communications Committee:

Pauline Decroix

Jennifer Kidson

Jane MacRae

Stephen Philipson, CCE

Simone Smith

Sarah Taylor

Breakout Room Volunteers:

Rick Bartram

Chris Coulter

Lesley Mackay Hunter

Isabelle Malenfant

Trevor Mirosh

Amanda Mitro

Chris Mutton

Thank you to our CCE staff:

CCE Operations Manager:

Alison Dowler

CCE Communications Specialist:

Nancy Kenny

Thank you to our event team:

EditCon Event Coordinator:

JoAnn Alafriz

EditCon Graphic Design & Branding:

Frances Limfat


CCE Website Design and Implementation:

Jennifer Kidson

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February 2021



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