The CCE’s Mentorship Pilot Program (Toronto) was launched in 2020, and will be expanded to other regions in future years. The program accepts up to five applicants who are paired with mentors in the post-production industry. Over the course of the year, participants are able to network, gain first-hand experience in the field, improve their craft, and share their experience with the community. Post-production specialties available for mentorship include live-action scripted, unscripted, and animation editing, assistant editing, and post-producing.
For info on the current participants, click here.
The initial pilot program is currently in session and applications are no longer being accepted, however, we anticipate running the program again in 2021. Please check back in late 2020 for details.
The program is open to Associate or Full Members of the CCE who are Ontario residents. Not yet a member? Non-members may become members at the time of application. To join the CCE, click here. Applicants must have at least two years’ experience in the film & television industry. Applicants must not currently be in school.
The program itself lasts one year, however we hope the relationships that you form over the course of the program will last much longer!
Mentees can pursue mentorship in a variety of facets of post production. Categories available include: Assistant Editing, VFX Editing, Scripted Picture Editing, Documentary Picture Editing, and Post-Producing.
Mentorship is provided in three stages:
Mentor-mentee pairs are expected to meet in person at least once (ideally 2-3 times), to get to know each other. These meetings can be in a casual social setting and can involve conversation about goals and expectations for the mentorship program, career trajectory advice, general discussion about the craft of editing, the film industry at large, etc.
The mentee will spend time at the mentor’s place of work to observe the mentor in action. A full or partial-day job shadow is an ideal start. In addition to learning about the mentor’s role and responsibilities, special attention should be paid to allowing the mentee to meet other workplace professionals (e.g. others on the post-production team, directors or producers, etc.).
The mentor will provide feedback on some of the mentee’s work. This could include a short film the mentee is working on, or a specific project designed by the mentor/mentee pair to practice/assess the skills of the role being shadowed. The CCE will assist in the formulation of this activity as necessary.
The program will unfold around several “tentpole” events that the mentors and mentees will attend:
Kickoff Day: Mentors and mentees gather for a meet-and-greet and program orientation. Pairs have the chance to meet in person for the first time, as well as socialize with other program participants. Shortly after the kickoff day, the mentor/mentee pairs are asked to present a plan to complete the three stages of mentorship over the next 6-8 months.
EditCon: As part of their acceptance in the program, the mentees receive a free ticket to EditCon. CCE Awards: The mentors and mentees receive a free ticket to the CCE Awards in exchange for their services to the program. Program Debrief and
Reception: Near the end of the program, a debrief and reception will take place to honour the program graduates.
No! The program is designed to be customized to the mentor and mentee’s personal and work schedules. You will be expected to attend a few in-person events with the CCE (typically scheduled on evenings or weekends), and then meet with your mentor as you are able over the course of the program. Meetings can take place over the phone, over video conference, or in person where possible. You and your mentor will work together to determine the best schedule for you.
The CCE’s Mentorship Pilot Program (Toronto) was launched in 2020, and will be expanded to other regions in future years.
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