Alan was born in India and grew up in the UK where he studied Drama and Film at Bristol University. In the late 1960s, Alan was hired by Roger Corman as an assistant editor on the World War I feature Von Richthofen and Brown. He quickly rose to the position of co-editor of the picture and went on to edit three more features for New World Pictures. While in Los Angeles he edited I Escaped from Devil’s Island (starring Jim Brown). Alan moved to Toronto in 1975 where he edited The Clown Murders (starring John Candy) and Love at First Sight (starring Dan Aykroyd) a comedy about a blind man in love with a young woman whose father opposes the match. The movie received a Best Editing Award from the newly formed Canadian Film Editors Guild in 1977. He then went on to cut David Cronenberg’s cult classic The Brood (starring Oliver Reed and Samantha Eggar) and serve as series editor on the original Degrassi High series. Alan taught at Ryerson University for over a decade, and in 2006 moved to Halifax. In recognition of his contribution to academia, Focal Press invited Alan to write the foreword to the second edition of the seminal text The Technique of Film Editing. While continuing his prolific editing career, Alan has recently produced his first feature Relative Happiness, winner of the Best Feature Award at Screen Nova Scotia. In 2015, in recognition of his career as a filmmaker and educator, Canadian Cinema Editors awarded Alan with their Lifetime Achievement Award.
Allan grew up in Toronto and was fortunate to start his editing career as trainee with two excellent mentors – fellow C.C.E member Gord McClellan on Alligator Shoes and with Susan Martin (Days of Heaven and the Academy award winning documentary Hearts and Minds) on Threshold.
He has been in the business for over 30 years and during that time has edited feature films, commercial television and also enjoyed working with independent filmmakers. At age 24 he was nominated for a Genie Award for his work on A Winter Tan. Allan moved to Vancouver in 1990.
His first gig there, Chaindance earned Allan his second Genie nomination. While building a successful career editing TV series and MOW's in Vancouver Allan also had his foot in the independent film scene working with Lynne Stopkewich on Suspicious River and Kissed and with Scott Smith on Rollercoaster. Allan’s other nominations and awards include an Emmy nomination for the TV Mini Series Tin Man; a Gemini nomination for the pilot of DeVinci's Inquest; two Leo Awards for the mini series Earthsea and Alice and another Leo Award for the TV Series Continuum. Allan’s other credits include The L Word, Psych, The 4400 (Pilot), Stargate SG-1 (pilot) and many more.
Allan is currently working on a new comedy series Loudermilk starring Ron Livingston and directed by Peter Farrelly. His nomination for a CCE Award for his work on Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is the first from the CCE. He starts work on Season 2 of the series in early May.
Bert came to Toronto in the late 80s and worked his way up starting in commercials at Partners Films Company before arriving in the series world in the early 90s. He caught his big break as an editor on the series "Jake and The Kid" in 1994. Since then he has edited numerous projects such as Powerplay and "1 800 Missing" (where he also got to direct), Michael MCGowan’s directorial debut "My Dog Vincent", "Cypher" for Vincenzo Natali, "Top of the Food Chain", and recently "Hemlock Grove", "12 Monkeys", amongst others.
Bert cut his teeth in editing from watching his father, NFB film maker Albert Kish. He has won one Gemini for editing for "Once a Thief" and has been a Gemini nominee serval times for both editing and directing.
Brett Sullivan has edited and directed many award winning feature films and TV series. Ginger Snaps II: Unleashed (2004), his feature directorial debut was an incredible success critically and at the box office. His second feature, The Chair, an über low budget indie film, has been sold worldwide and received many international awards, including Best Director at the Canadian Film Festival and Best Feature at several other Festivals. A Christmas Horror Story was his third feature and is a fan favourite. Brett has directed many episodes of television including The Border, Flashpoint, Cracked, Lost Girl, Wynonna Earp, Frontier and Orphan Black. He has edited numerous features and over one hundred hours of television, receiving respective Genie and Gemini nominations in 2001 for Ginger Snaps and Lucky Girl. He won a Gemini Award for Best Picture Editing. Most recently, Brett won an inaugural Canadian Screen Award for Best Dramatic Editing for an episode of Flashpoint. Sullivan also attended the Director's Resident Programme at the Canadian Film Centre in 2001. Brett has several projects in development.
Over the past 30 years, Toronto based editor Caroline Christie has worked in a variety of cinematic forms: award winning feature documentaries (Army of One, Project Grizzly); television comedy series (The Awful Truth with Michael Moore, Puppets Who Kill, Republic of Doyle, Private Eyes); experimental short films (Michael Snow’s Hue Chroma Tint, Peter Lynch and Max Dean’s A Short Film About Falling, Elida Schogt’s Zyklon Portrait); award winning dramatic shorts (Peter Lynch’s Arrowhead). Most recently Caroline cut Amazon Adventure, a science based 3D IMAX film, and Peter Lynch’s first dramatic feature, Birdland, both to be released in early 2017.
A graduate of the London Film School in 1976, Cathy soon came to prominence as an editor with the three-hour CBC documentary special Heart of Gold (1982). For much of her storied career she has focused on long form social issue documentaries but the breadth of Cathy’s talent is demonstrated with a wide ranging filmography with credits in music docs, comedy TV shows, theatrical feature films, children's programmes, reality and lifestyle series. Her work has been recognized with several editing awards for such films as the classic feature documentary Forbidden Love (1992 Atlantic Film Festival), Cry of the Ancestors: The Art of Manasie Akpiliakpik (1996 Gemini Best Picture Editing), The Four Seasons Mosaic (2005 Gemini nomination, Best Editing in a Performance Program) and Shadow Island Mysteries: The Last Christmas (2011 CCE nomination). Cathy has cut such critically acclaimed films as And We Knew How to Dance (1994 Columbus, Best Documentary) Maman et Eve (1996 Genie, Best Documentary) Erotica: A Journey Into Female Sexuality (1997 Genie nomination) and Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows (2016 Emmy nomination, 2016 DGC Award). After 40 years in the cutting room, she still loves her work and there's always laughter coming from her cutting room, no matter what she’s working on. Most recently, Cathy wowed the audience at the 2016 Directors Guild of Canada Awards with her passionate and eloquent speech as she accepted the award for editing of Omar Khadr: Out of the Shadows.
Christopher work as an editor spans an extensive variety of dramatic and documentary features and television. His recent credits include Atom Egoyan's Remember, Sarah Polley’s Take This Waltz and Showtime/SkyAtlantic’s Penny Dreadful. His work for television includes Vikings for History/Shaw, Flashpoint for CBS/CTV, The Kids in the Hall: Death Comes To Town for CBC, and Slings & Arrows for TMN / Showcase / Sundance Channel. His documentary work includes Kevin McMahon's Waterlife and McLuhan's Wake, and Alan Zweig's Mirror Trilogy (Vinyl, I,Curmudgeon and Lovable). Christopher received two Directors Guild of Canada Awards for his work as an editor on Slings & Arrows, a Gemini Award for The Border, and a Canadian Cinema Editors award for his work on Penny Dreadful. Christopher is also the writer and director of the film 2:14pm, part of a compilation entitled Little Films About Big Moments.
Gillian has had a diverse career editing feature films, MOWs, drama series, and documentaries, in a variety of genres. She has worked with many prominent and celebrated producers and directors in the Film and TV industry including David Shore, Moira Walley-Beckett, Naren Shankar, Mark Fergus, Vincenzo Natali, and Helen Shaver.
Gillian’s editing credits include the highly acclaimed series, Orphan Black, for which she received two CSA Awards. She is the first Picture Editor to have won that award for two consecutive years for the same series. Her work on Orphan Black has also garnered her a DGC Award and two CCE Awards nominations. She has also earned a DGC nomination for Degrassi: The Next Generation, and a Gemini nomination for the series Todd & the Book of Pure Evil.
Some of her other credits include the series Anne, The Expanse, Houdini & Doyle, The L.A. Complex, and the feature films A Christmas Horror Story, for Copperheart Entertainment, and Compulsion, for Dimension Films.
Daria is a versatile visual storyteller with more than 20 years experience editing documentaries, television series, MOWs and feature films. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from The University of British Columbia in Film and Television Studies, she was awarded one of the first apprenticeships from the Canadian Academy of Film and Television. Her credits include the feature films Meditation Park and Birdwatcher, MOWS, television series Samurai Girl, Jpod, The Dead Zone, Stargate, The Outer Limits, The Chris Isaak Show, The Collector, Blood Ties, Shattered and Cedar Cove and more than 140 episodes of the sitcoms Mr. Young, Some Assembly Required, and the Stanley Dynamic. Daria has been nominated for eight Leo Awards, a Southhampton International Film Festival Award, a Gemini Award and a CCE Award as picture editor and won a Leo Award in 2005 for her work on the television series, The Collector.
Deborah is a Canadian award-winning documentary editor with over twenty years experience and numerous accolades to her credit. Based in Toronto, she has a passion for social/political and arts projects, many of which have gone on to garner Emmy, Gemini and Hot Doc awards, and been screened worldwide. Credits include Lowdown Tracks, The Maestro and the Master: Building A New Mariinsky, In The Name Of The Family, Mom’s Home, Prokofiev The Unfinished Diary, and Glenn Gould The Russian Journey. Most recently Deborah cut Mr Zaritsky on TV a documentary about John Zaritsky, an Oscar winning Canadian documentary filmmaker.
Dominique Fortin, CCE is a Montreal film editor who’s body of work includes over 45 feature films, television and documentary productions since 1985. She is described by many as a highly intuitive editor with an inner sense for story telling. Her contribution to many films have garnered her recognition from film critics and peers at home and around the world. She has been distinguished with many Awards including the EDDY and an Emmy Nomination for the epic Hiroshima by director Roger Spottiswoode. Through the years, she has also received a number of nominations and wins at the Canadian Screen Awards (aka, Genies Awards) and at the Quebec’s Jutra Awards, recently renamed the IRIS. To this day, Dominique is the only woman in the history of the 007, to have edited a JAMES BOND Film _ Tomorrow Never Dies. She has worked on an international level since 1995; Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Munich, Budapest and Sydney, with directors such as Roger Spottiswoode, Jessica Hobbs, Istvan Szabo, John Duigan, and Philipp Stölzl. At home she has collaborated with some of the most talented and successful Canadian filmmakers such as Don McKellar, Charles Binamé, Léa Pool, Sébastien Rose, Michel Monty, Rudy Barichello and recently with up and coming director Sophie Dupuis.
Ellen is the editor of the award-winning and world-wide Disney Channel hit movie and
series, My Babysitter’s a Vampire and Disney XD’s first live action MOW, Bunks. Early in her career, Ellen broke through the glass ceiling into the traditionally male dominated area of horror films. She followed this up with more horror, action and several original SyFy Channel films. Ellen’s features also include Once Upon A Christmas and its sequel, Twice Upon A Christmas, which were selected to premiere at the White House. Ellen Fine is once again working with Fresh TV as a creative collaborator in the new series, Backstage. Professional accolades include Best Editing Award nominations from the Directors Guild of Canada for Bunks and from the CCE for My Babysitter’s a Vampire in 2013 and Bunks in 2014. In her down time between feature films, Ellen has had the opportunity to work with several up and coming directors on their short films and independent experimental features including Kink In My Hair (Pilot), Divided By Zero and The End of Silence. Ellen was born and raised in Toronto where she currently lives with her husband.
Gary L. “Kelly” Smith, c.c.e., was amongst the pioneers of electronic post production and widely known in the Toronto and L.A.communities of editors. His career began at CKNX-TV in Wingham, Ontario in the late 1960’s and fourished until his passing. To work with him, you would fnd that he was kind of a quiet guy, but he demanded professionalism on the job and it could be said that “he did not sufer fools gladly”. If you did your job, he had your back. With that trust and his well-known sense of humour (which ran more towards practical jokes), he maintained a core group of friends for more than 40 years. Professionally, Kelly Smith rose to the top of the game, but he did not sacrifce his fam-
ily or his private life to the business. He married his wife Sandy in 1979 and together they had a daughter, Kerry, and a son, Sean. He was a Blue Jays fan, a life-long rock and roller, as well as being very handy with his hands, whether it was wood working or building a home theatre, he had many projects that intrigued him. He enjoyed socializing with his many friends—and like his family, they miss him too.
Geoff Ashenhurst edits award-winning films, television, music videos and commercials, primarily in Toronto. He has had the good fortune to share credits with fine talent like Woody Harrelson, John Logan, Alejandro Amenábar, Beyoncé, Ed Harris, Kurt Russell, Ethan Hawke, Eva Green and Jason Sudeikis. Several films he contributed to premiered at TIFF, including two in the Gala program, and many have gone on to screen at major festivals around the world. Geoff also really enjoys being a dad.
George Appleby’s life was defined by love, success and adventure, all of which he shared freely with the people he met and worked with. He had a lot of friends.
Though born in Toronto, at age nine, George moved with his family to Bogota, Columbia, when his father was transferred there for work. In Bogota, George was educated in Spanish and English, until his teens, when he returned to Canada.
After high school, tall and handsome George set his sights on acting. He hung around the University of Toronto’s Hart House Theatre, and its then director, Robert Gill, absorbing the world of theatre. But it was the editing suite that eventually took his interest after he landed his first job on the CBC series, The Forest Rangers, in the early 1960s. He would go on to work steadily as an editor right up until his death in December 1999.
George cut many of Canada’s iconic series and feature films, from Adventures in Rainbow Country, Street Legal, and Cold Squad to Outrageous, The Silent Partner, Isabel, and many others. He received numerous awards for his work, including Canadian Film Editors Guild awards, an Etrog and a Genie nomination.
Gordon is a picture editor with both dramatic and documentary experience. His credits include over 20 seasons of television drama series (including Rookie Blue, King, Sue Thomas F.B.Eye, Witchblade, Relic Hunter); 16 TV movies for CBS, NBC, Showtime, CBC and CTV; five feature films and two mini-series. He has edited numerous long form documentaries, five seasons of The Fifth Estate, and worked with director John Zaritsky on seven of his documentary features including the Oscar winning Just Another Missing Kid. Gordon won a Cable ACE Award for Editing (the US Cable Networks Award which later was merged with the EMMY Awards), and has been nominated for six Geminis, a Genie, and a DGC Award. He edited an Emmy-winning episode during his six-season run on Road to Avonlea.
Gordon is a respected film and television editor with numerous credits on American and Canadian series such as Sanctuary, Strange Empire, Psych, Life As We Know It, Touching Evil, Whistler, Primeval New World, Kaya. He has worked with many esteemed directors and producers including John Landis, Allen Hughes (the Hughes brothers), Michael Engler, Tim Matheson, Mel Damski, Norma Bailey, Anne Wheeler, Martin Wood, Peter Delouise, Amanda Tapping and Sam Egan. He has edited film and television productions for CBC, CTV, ABC, USA Network, SyFy, SPACE, ITV, Lifetime, HUB, YTV, OWN, ION, Tribune, Hallmark, Stars, Movie Central, MTV, Viacom Lionsgate, E1 and Paramount. Gordon was awarded a Leo award for his beautiful editing on the experimental dance performance piece Violet and has been nominated for a Gemini, Leo and CCE awards for his work on the Canadian dramatic series Strange Empire, Primeval: New World, Romeo Killer, Sanctuary (all 4 seasons), Whistler, She Made Them Do It, The Weather Girl, and Andromeda. Gordon produced, edited and scored Heavy Heart Laughs, a passionate project doc that he made with his wife filmmaker Carleen Kyle. They've also collaborated on the short films The Weather Girl, Brazen Berry and Push Start through their company Lotsa Pictures Inc.
Gordon Thorne CCE has been editing on shows as diverse as "Degrassi", “Black Harbour”, “The Next Step” and “The Latest Buzz”. He is equally at home in scripted character drama, music and dance, fantasy and situation comedy. He brings an intuitive and collaborative approach, always looking for elegance and clarity.
His projects have won many awards and he has personally been nominated three times for a Canadian Cinema Editor award and once for a DGC award.
Gordon also bring years of documentary editing skills to the room having completed 3 films for the NFB and many documentary series.
Greg West loves to edit! His list of credits includes “Life With Murder” which won an Emmy for best international documentary. He has edited over a hundred Canadian and international productions ranging from funny to serious. He recently won at the CCE for best editing in Documentary Short Form for "Building Star Trek". Working with producers and directors with great passion has always been Greg's goal.
Jay Prychidny is a multiple award-winning picture editor who has worked across a variety of genres. Most recently, he was an editor on the final four seasons of Orphan Black, and was promoted to the role of Post Producer for seasons 4 & 5. His editing on the Peabody, Hugo and Emmy-winning series was rewarded with a Canadian Screen Award in 2017, a Canadian Screen Award nomination in 2016, two DGC nominations and a CCE nomination. He also worked as a Producer, Director and Supervising Picture Editor on Family Channel's international hit, The Next Step, for which he was given a CCE award in 2014. Thanks to the huge popularity of The Next Step, Netflix produced a spin-off show called Lost & Found Music Studios, and Jay returned as a Consulting Producer and Supervising Picture Editor. He picked up a CCE nomination for the pilot episode in 2016. Prior to working in scripted television, Jay built his reputation in reality & documentary series, including Top Chef Canada, The Week the Women Went and Canada's Next Top Model, for which he won a Gemini and CCE award for best editing.
Born in Vancouver, Julian first became interested in film production while working towards a BA at the University of British Columbia. “(I) took film electives and thought, ‘Oh, these are a lot more fun than the other classes I’m taking.’ He immediately gravitated toward the editing room, feeling it was “so much more fun and rewarding than being on set”. After cutting his teeth editing friends and colleagues’ short films, Julian eased his way to the industry. Early credits include Barbie: Fairytopia (2005) and Carl Bessai’s drama Unnatural and Accidental (2006) – for which Julian snagged a Leo Award. Soon after, he was recommended by Unnatural and Accidental composer Clinton Shorter to filmmaker Neil Blomkamp for his $35 million sci-fi thriller District 9. Cutting what would become an Academy Award Best Picture nominated film was a life and career changing experience. Julian was subsequently nominated for Academy, BAFTA, and ACE Eddie Awards in addition to winning a Satellite Award, and an Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Editing for his work on District 9 (2009). Now considered a Hollywood A list film-editor, Julian went on to edit Elysium (2013), Chappie (2015), and Deadpool (2016).
Kelly Morris CCE is best known for his work as an editor, story editor and consultant. With over twenty years experience, his credits include CBC’s The Fifth Estate and The Nature of Things, NatGeo’s Wild and Crisis Zone, BBC’s the Natural World, and lead editor for factual series including Discovery’s Jetstream and Highway Through Hell.
His editing experience began after travelling to war torn El Salvador in 1987, while working on his B.A. at Simon Fraser University, to make a documentary about the student democracy movement. In 1999 his international debut was at the Sundance Film Festival where a film he edited and co-created was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in Documentary.
Lisa Binkley began her career in post-production after studying theatre and film production at U.B.C. She graduated from the Media Resources Program at Capilano University. Since then she has worked on various feature films, MOWs and television series. Her work was recognized when she received a Gemini Award (CSA) for her editing of the mini-series, “Human Cargo”. This Canadian/South African co-production was directed by Brad Turner (“Homeland” & “24”) and it received 17 Gemini Nominations and also won a Peabody Award.
Her work on MGM’s critically acclaimed science fiction series, “The Outer Limits” and Showtime’s “The L Word” (written and produced by Ilene Chaiken) has given Lisa the opportunity to work with such directors as Marleen Gorris (Academy Award Winner – “Antonia’s Line”), Moises Kaufman (“The Laramie Project”), Helen Shaver (“Vikings”), Lynne Stopkewich (“Kissed”), and Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”).
She is currently working on the DirecTV/EOne television series, “ICE” which stars Donald Sutherland and Ray Winstone and is executive produced by Antoine Fuqua, Robert Munic, James Manos Jr & Bart Peters.
Lisa is a full member of IATSE 891, ACFC West and is a voting member of the Television and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television. In 2008 she was inducted as a full member into the Canadian Cinema Editors. She is also a board member of the Vancouver Post Alliance.
Award winning editor Lisa Grootenboer is an industry staple with two plus decades of experience. She is best known for her work on The Tudors, The Borgias, X Company and Mary Kills People as well as for her live music cutting with Joe Bonamassa and Iron Maiden. Logging 200 hours of cut screen time, Lisa's CV is filled with notable domestic and international productions. Her passion is clearly seen in her work. Since 1995, Lisa has been nominated for 16 film awards and has brought home six, including four DGC Awards, a CCE Award and a Gemini.
Lisa entered the film industry in 1989, initially working as a camera assistant and in 1995 changed careers moving into post-production. The industry is very fortunate that she settled into her first editing job in 1998 and she has been editing ever since. Lisa is a highly regarded editor with movie and series credits for Lifetime, Disney, Sony, Showcase, Hallmark, USA, ABC, CBC, CTV, and Grenada. Her determination and work ethic as an editor has been recognized with many nominations and awards. Lisa has been nominated for three Emmys (Monsterville: Cabinet of Souls and two for R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour) and has brought home the Leo Award seven times out her 14 nominations. Lisa is best known for her work on My Life Without Me, R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour, The Client List, The L Word, and Continuum.
Mairin (also known as Mo) was born in England and came to Canada in 1969 with her young family. She studied film in the Faculty of Fine Arts at York University and then worked professionally in the burgeoning film and television industry as a picture editor, story editor, post production supervisor and teacher.
As a dramatic picture editor she was involved with many award winning productions, the two mini-series Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Green Gables – The Sequel each won many international awards and Geminis, Anne of Green Gables won a primetime Emmy for Outstanding Children's Program in 1986. Mairin and James Lahti each earned Gemini nominations for best picture editing on both shows. Other acclaimed shows she has worked on include Butterbox Babies, Jane of Lantern Hill, Isaac Littlefeathers, Clown White, Under the Piano, Seasons of Love, Anne of Green Gables – The Continuing Story, Happy Christmas Miss King and The Lawrenceville Stories.
As a series editor Mairin’s credits include seven seasons of The Road to Avonlea, six seasons of Wind at my Back, War of the Worlds and Adderly. She has also edited many documentaries, corporate documentaries and music videos.
Mairin was the Associate Producer in charge of production on season two of The Road to Avonlea and Story Editor on season five. She spent two years as a Course Director at York University’s Department of Film and Video, teaching the 4th year graduating class.
Manfred grew up in post-war Germany and after studying journalism and film at the University of Dortmund, arrived in Toronto in 1983 for a one-year practicum. Soon after, he began his long association with the NFB, co-editing The Journey with Academy Award winning director Peter Watkins (Berlinale, TIFF 1987). In 1991, Manfred became Barna-Alper’s principal non-fiction editor cutting such feature length documentaries as Sturla Gunnarsson’s Gerry & Louise (TIFF, International Emmy, Genie Award 1996 among others), Nettie Wild’s A Place Called Chiapas (Berlinale, TIFF 1997, Genie Award, theatrical release in North America and Europe), and Paul Jay’s Hitman Hart (multiple Gemini Award Winner). In 2001, after years of helping others to sort out their creative mess in the cutting room, Manfred decided it was time to step into the light and create his own. He has directed and written more than a dozen documentaries for television, which have been screened at festivals around the world receiving numerous nominations and awards including Fatherland (Munich Filmfest 2007, HotDocs, among others) which received the Gemini’s Donald Brittain Award. After 15 years, Manfred still can’t leave the cutting room as creating that meaningful and emotional experience for the audience remains a mystery to him. He continues to edit and write for filmmakers Thomas Wallner (Guantanamo Trap, Before the Last Curtain Falls) and works as story editor for Velcrow Ripper (ScaredSacred, Fierce Light), Nettie Wild (Fix), and many others. Manfred also teaches at York and Ryerson Universities, Seneca and Humber Colleges, and gives workshops on editing and story editing across the country.
He is currently completing his PhD: The Frankenbite.
For over three decades, this self-taught multi- award winning “Film Maker” has worked in a creative capacity on over 50 films and hundreds of episodes of television primarily as a Picture Editor but also in the capacity of Director, 2nd Unit Director, Sound Editor and Composer for all genres.
Through the 90’s, Mark traveled the world editing films as he had a longstanding working relationship with Canadian film maverick and mentor, John Dunning of Cinepix, Canada’s first independent studio, now known as Lionsgate. He is one of Canada’s first C.C.E. accredited picture editors as a member the Canadian Cinema Editors honor society, the Directors Guild of Canada, and the American Federation of Musicians.
Born in Hong Kong and a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal, Mary has been living in Paris since the 1980s. She collaborated with legendary French New Wave director Eric Rohmer for 25 years as his film-editor and co-composer. This creative relationship began with Mary serving as assistant to Cécile Décugis (editor for Truffaut, Rohmer, Godard including the legendary Breathless) and progressing to Rohmer’s editor-in-chief from Winter’s Tale (1992) to his last feature The Romance of Astrea and Celadon (2008). In the past decade Mary has been working with independent filmmakers in around the world editing, consulting and associate producing their fiction and documentary films. A partial listing of her impressive and lengthy filmography includes Du Haibin’s A Young Patriot (Hong Kong International Film Festival 2015), Amos Why’s Dot 2 Dot (Hong Kong Film Critics Society Awards 2015), Seren Yüce’s Majority (Lion of the Future, Venice Film Festival 2010), Haibin Du’s 1428 (Orizzonti Doc Award, Venice Film Festival 2009), and Lixin Fan’s Last Train Home (Joris Ivans Award, IDFA 2009). Mary continues to direct her own films, conduct seminars and workshops, and participate in juries and panels across the globe.
After graduating from the film program at Simon Fraser University, Michael spent the next few years producing, directing and editing dance and educational videos in Vancouver. He began editing feature films in 1995 after a move to Toronto.
Over the last 20 years, he has edited 18 feature length films, including three films for George A. Romero: ‘Land of the Dead’, for which he received a Director’s Guild of Canada nomination for best editor, ‘Diary of the Dead’, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival and at Sundance, and ‘Survival of the Dead’, which screened in competition at the Venice Film Festival.
Michael has also edited Alan Moyle’s ‘Weirdsville’, for which he received a second Director’s Guild nomination, Robert Townsend’s ‘Phantom Punch’, the teen comedy ‘Wild Cherry’, and Vincenzo Natali’s ‘Haunter’. He has also worked on a number of television series: ‘Unnatural History’ for the Cartoon Network in the US; ‘The Listener’ for CTV in Canada; 3 years on ‘Hannibal’ for NBC for which he received a third DGC nomination and the CCE Award for Editing; ‘Ransom’ for CBS and ‘Wynonna Earp’ for Syfy Channel.
He has also edited movie trailers for companies in Canada, the US, Australia, Germany and China. If there’s any spare time left, he buys plane tickets and heads overseas looking for the perfect red wine on the perfect patio.
Michael is an award-winning film and television editor. Credits for CBC’s the
fifth estate and CTV’s W5 include a wide range of stories, from the tainted
Star-Kist tuna scandal, Product of Canada, to The Bear’s Embrace, the true story
of surviving a grizzly bear attack, as well as celebrity profiles from Bieber to
Bublé. Credits for TVO include Bookmice, Inquiring Minds, Stuff, and the
Genie-nominated documentary In Time's Shadow: The Hegis. Credits for TFO include
the art and cultural series Ôzone and the Prix Gémeaux-winning series Volt.
Producer and director of A.J. Casson -- The Only Critic Is Time, a profile of
Canada's Group of Seven artist. Winner of Canadian Screen Award in 2014 for Best
News Information Segment for The Survivor, the inside story of the Toronto Eaton
Centre shooting. Most recently, Michael edited 4-time Emmy-winner John Kastner's
documentary Not Criminally Responsible: Wedding Secrets.
With two films on the Oscar shortlist, Emmy-nominated and Gemini-winning Michèle Hozer has been working as a filmmaker and editor in Canada since 1987. To date, she has worked on more than 50 documentaries. Her work has received accolades from the most prestigious film festivals in the world, including the the Sundance Film Festival and the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam. Shake Hands with The Devil: The Journey of Roméo Dallaire won both the 2007 Emmy for Best Documentary and the Audience Award at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival. Promise to the Dead picked up her first International Emmy nomination as an editor. But her directorial debut with Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould won the coveted spot on the Academy Award short list as well as a Gemini for Best Biography. Since its premiere at TIFF in 2009, the feature length documentary has been seen by audiences in Britain, Australia, Japan, and across North America. In 2012, The Director’s Guild of Canada (DGC) awarded The Allan King Award for Excellence in Documentary to Michèle and team for West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson. At the same time, she picked up both the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival Editing Award and top honours from her peers at Canadian Cinema Editors. Michèle just completed her first solo feature length documentary in the combined roles of director, editor, and producer for Sugar Coated probing the role of sugar in a global healthcare epidemic..
Mike has worked in the film industry for the past 20 years. Born in Toronto and
educated in Montreal, he moved to Vancouver in the mid 1990′s and began working at MGM Television. Not tied to any particular genre, Mike has edited science fiction and action on: Continuum, The Dead Zone, and all three iterations of the Stargate franchise. Mike has cut dramas, and police procedurals such as: Cold Squad, DaVinci's Inquest, and a North of 60 movie. He has also worked on comedies such as: Dead Like Me, The L.A. Complex, and his first feature: 2007's Young People F**king. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Fest and was so well received it was voted by festival goers as one of the Top Ten at TIFF.
After graduating from the Ryerson film program, Mike began his career with the Toronto new wave, editing features for Bruce McDonald (Roadkill), Srinivas Krishna (Masala and Lulu) and Peter Mettler (Tectonic Plates; Picture of Light).
He went on to cut numerous features for Canadian and international directors, including John Greyson (Law of Enclosures), Richard Kwietniowski (Owning Mahowny), Daniel MacIvor (Past Perfect; Wilby Wonderful) and Bruce McCulloch (Comeback Season). As well, Mike has edited several award-winning documentaries, including Stories We Tell, for director Sarah Polley and Rush: Beyond theLighted Stage, for directors Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen. Mike’s many television credits include Shaftesbury’s The Shields Stories and Sienna Film’s mini-series, Diamonds, nominated for 9 Gemini Awards.
Mike’s work has been recognized formally through award nominations as well as being highlighted in reviews from around the world. Films that he has edited have played at Cannes, Venice, and Sundance, among other festivals, with 11 features accepted into TIFF. Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell was short listed for the documentary Oscar as well as being voted one of the 10 best Canadian films of all time.
Nick Hector is a DGC, CCE, HotDocs and multi-Gemini Award winning film editor, story editor and consultant. He’s cut more than two-dozen feature docs and one hundred TV docs. With 2 films on Criterion, 3 Top Ten Canadian films, 5 films at MoMA, 10 at TIFF, and 15 at HotDocs, the first 30 years have been a lot of fun.
In addition to editing, Nick is also a Masters candidate at University of Bournemouth’s Media Education program. He’s passionate about film-editing pedagogy and has lectured at TIFF, Cinematheque Ontario, Directors Guild of Canada, DOC Institute (Masterclass), CCE, U of T, Ryerson, York (The Norman Jewison Lecture), The Documentary Film Institute, AVID, CBC, Seneca, Centennial, and Eritrean Public Television in East Africa.
Paul has worked in post-production for... well, many years. He studied film history even longer ago at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Paul has edited drama, comedy, suspense, documentary and reality/lifestyle, including King, Cracked, Undercover Boss Canada, Toxic Trespass, Blood and Water, and most recently, The Code. He enjoys the challenges of the different styles, and loves the collaborative process in the cutting room. Paul has had multiple nominations for his editing, and even won once. Which was nice. So he's got that going for him.
Pia Di Ciaula was born to Italian parents in Toronto where she began her film editing career. She received a Gemini Award Nomination for Best Editing on Choices of the Heart: The Margaret Sanger Story. She received two Genie Award Nominations for Best Editing for her first two feature films that were Canadian/UK co-productions, Intimate Relations starring Julie Walters, and Regeneration starring Jonathan Pryce. She then relocated to London and collaborated with Gillies MacKinnon on seven films including Hideous Kinky with Kate Winslet, Pure with Keira Knightley, and The Last of the Blonde Bombshells winning Judi Dench a Golden Globe and a BAFTA.
Di Ciaula's second collaboration with Keira Knightley was on Silk, written and directed by Francis Girard. Other features include Nora starring Ewan McGregor, Belle and The Journey Home.
Di Ciaula's prolific collaboration with director David Blair resulted in the multi-Emmy and BAFTA Award winning show The Street starring Timothy Spall and Tess of the D'Urbervilles starring Gemma Arterton and Eddie Redmayne.
Hugh Hudson (Chariots of Fire, Greystoke) and Di Ciaula collaborated on Altamira starring Antonio Banderas. Di Ciaula then edited with "the UK's greatest living autour" Terence Davies on A Quiet Passion starring Cynthia Nixon as Emily Dickinson along with Keith Carradine and Jennifer Ehle.
Di Ciaula's first collaboration with actor/writer/director Paddy Considine was Tyrannosaur which won approximately 40 awards world-wide including Sundance, Best Independent British Film and a BAFTA. Di Ciaula and Considine's wonderful collaboration continued on his sophomore film Journeyman which will be released later this year. Di Ciaula is presently editing The Crown for Netflix and Left Bank Pictures with three-time Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry (The Reader, The Hours) and two-time Oscar nominee Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen). The Crown is a multi-Golden Globe and BAFTA winner.
Ralph Brunjes, CCE, started his career at the CBC in the 60s, coming up through the ranks as an assistant editor, sound editor and film editor on groundbreaking dramas and documentaries such as Wojeck, The Whiteoaks of Jalna, The Nature of Things and This Land of Ours. He was promoted to Editor in Charge at age 27 and a year later to Assistant
Supervising Editor in charge of the day to day running of the Film Department. He had the great pleasure of working with Glenn Gould on the soundtrack of the legendary documentary The Idea of North.
In 1975 Ralph went freelance and focused on drama editing, amassing a large list of credits on over 50 television movies, 16 fea- tures, 13 mini-series and multiple TV series.
His commitment to excellence in the craft of editing has earned him multiple nominations and awards over the years, including Best Sound and Best Picture Editing Awards the first year of the Geminis, and an Emmy nomination for Joan of Arc.
Ralph has always valued his role as a mentor to young and emerging talent. Throughout his career he has enjoyed working with many great filmmakers, developing lifelong friendships and creative collaborations.
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Member and internationally renowned Film Editor, Story Editor, Creative/Editorial Consultant., Ricardo Acosta has been awarded with an Emmy, and has been nominated several times to Genie, Gemini, CCE and CS Awards Ricardo came to Canada from his native Cuba in 1993, where he studied and worked at the world-renowned Cuban Film Institute in Havana. He’ s been a fellow of the Sundance Institute (as alumnus, and adviser) several years for the Documentary Editing and Story Lab and The Composer and Sound Design Lab. His film Sembene! (2015), premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and at the Cannes Film Festival. Marmato (2014) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Some of his most relevant work include:
Ali Kazimi’s Shooting Indians, A Journey with Jeffrey Thomas (Genie nomination, Best Short Documentary) and Runaway Groom (winner, Donald Brittain Award), Naomi Klein and Avi Lewis’s The Take (official selection Venice Film Festival, Gemini nomination Best Picture Editing in a Documentary), Min Sook Lee’s Tiger Spirit (winner, Donald Brittain Award and Genie Award), Angad Bhalla’s Herman’s House (Emmy winner, Outstanding Arts and Culture Programming and CSA nomination for Best Picture Editing in a Documentary) and Mark Grieco’s Marmato (official selection, Sundance Film Festival, winner CCE Award Best Picture Editing in a Documentary). Most recently Ricardo edited Jason Silverman and Samba Gadjigo’s Sembene! which premiered at the Sundance and Cannes Film Festivals.
Richard Comeau has been editing feature films for over twenty five years. Projects like “War Witch”, “Maelstrom” or “The Pillars of the Earth” have garnered awards and nominations at the Oscars, the Golden Globes, and throughout the world in major film festivals like TIFF, Cannes, or Berlin. Richard himself has won numerous awards for best achievement in editing. He’s worked with some of the finest filmmakers in Quebec, like Denis Villeneuve, Philippe Falardeau, Kim Nguyen, and Louise Archambault.
Rik Morden grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and discovered an interest in painting early on. He combined this interest with his passion for storytelling and quickly became an editor hailed for precision, artistry and creativity. Throughout his 35-year career Rik edited feature films, corporate presentations, t.v. commercials and music videos (which he also produced and directed; Stray Cats, Rush, Chris De Burgh). He was also the rare Canadian to have won an Emmy Award—in 2000 for outstanding achievement in single camera editing for his work on the HBO movie, Mary Cassatt: An American Impressionist.
Rik was rewarded for his efforts with many other awards and nominations. He was nominated for another Emmy in 1999 for Edison: The Wizard of Light, won a Directors Guild of Canada Team Award in 2007 for his editing of the well-reviewed documentary Sharkwater, and was nominated for several other DGC and Gemini awards (Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Rembrandt: Fathers and Sons, Bailey’s Billion$).
Rik’s diversity of talent and pursuit of excellence made him a singular talent and mentor amongst editors.
Source: Csillag, Ron. “Emmy-winning editor strove for perfection.” 2010. The Globe and Mail (Toronto), Oct. 19.
Ron began his career as a feature film editor in Toronto in the mid-1970s. Since then he has worked with directors including Rex Bromfield, Mark Lester, Yves Simoneau, Robert Longo, Daniel Petrie Jr., Sturla Gunnarson, Norman Jewison, Stephen Silver and Henry Sellick.
He has collaborated with director David Cronenberg on a total of 16 films, winning Genie Awards for Excellence in Film Editing for four—Dead Ringers (1989), Crash (1996), eXistenZ (2000) and Eastern Promises (2007). He received Best Editor Awards from the Directors Guild of Canada for A History of Violence (2006) and Eastern Promises (2008) and A Dangerous Method (2012) Ron was nominated for an American Cinema Editors Award for his work on Coraline (2010). He has actively supported emerging talent in the editing room and welcomed students and others interested in learning more about this aspect of the business. Ron regularly works with emerging editors at the Canadian Film Centre.
Ron Wisman, CCE. has been an integral component of the Canadian editing community for over 40 years.
Ron has an impressive resume of 89 titles with almost half being Movies of the Week; The Violin, one of the first films that he cut, was nominated for an Academy Award.
His editing has garnered many accolades, with 20 nominations and 10 wins. He was continually recognized by the Canadian Film Editors Guild and won a Genie for his outstanding work on Joshua Then And Now. The following year he was awarded both an ACE Ed- die and a Gemini for Sword Of Gideon. He also cut the cult classic, The Pyx.
Collaborating with John Woo, Michael Anderson, Ted Kotcheff and Canadian legend Don Shebib to name a few, he has helped shape performances of many Hollywood legends; from Charlton Heston and Vanessa Redgrave to Lloyd Bridges and Christopher Plummer.
In addition to the above achievements, it is important to remember that a career like this is full of more than titles and credits; it is a testament to a devoted and sought-after craftsmen. It is with great pleasure that we bestow on Ron Wisman a C.C.E. Lifetime Achievement Award.
Roushell was born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, received her BA from Carleton University, and immediately left Ottawa on her “Grand Tour” of Europe. She ended her tour in Israel where she settled in the city of Jerusalem with an offer to work at the newly established Israeli Television Network. This was 1968. For the next five years, she worked in the editing department on news, sports, current affairs and the odd documentary (where budgets allowed). When she first started, she learned to edit with glue and hot-splices. Then Steenbecks arrived from Germany, and she progressed to splicing tape and the splicer. That, of course, lasted for a few decades until the big transition to digital in the early 1990’s.
Her first job back in Canada in 1973, was with Hobel-Leiterman Productions cranking out weekly documentaries in series called “Here Comes the ’70’s” and “Target the Impossible”. So many young and talented people got their start there as directors and editors, guided by the visionary television producer Douglas Leiterman and his wife, Beryl Fox.
After a year there, she continued to work off and on as a free-lancer for CTV, CBC, the National Film Board and many, many privately-funded productions, creating documentaries, TV one-offs and series, both documentary and drama, and feature films - until retirement.
Stephen Philipson CCE is an award-winning editor and proud member of the CCE since the very start. His credits include high profile TV series such as "American Gods," "Hannibal," and "Orphan Black." He also cut Canadian film favourites such as "The Wild Hunt," voted Best Canadian First Feature and one of Canada's Top Ten by the Toronto International Film Festival, and "Grown Up Movie Star," a prize-winner at Sundance.
Never one to turn down an adventure, he once traveled to Sri Lanka to edit an epic Action/Romance about the Sri Lankan civil war (in Tamil and Singhalese) for a director who contacted him randomly over the internet. A graduate of the Canadian Film Centre and Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Stephen's break came on the 2009 documentary "Prom Night in Mississippi" (starring Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman), which premiered at Sundance, broadcast on HBO, and screened at The White House. Stephen is excited to join the board as treasurer and looks forward to helping the CCE continue its excellent work
Teresa graduated with honours from the Sheridan College Media Arts program. Her thesis film, A DIFFERENT SYMPHONY, documents a music therapist and her work with intellectually handicapped individuals. After graduation Teresa actively pursued a career as a film and television editor. As a young editor, she spent 6 months in Tokyo working on animation and enjoying Japanese culture.
There is a diversity of theme and genre in the many award-winning film and television productions Teresa has helped to shape. These include Adrienne Clarkson’s arts documentary ARTEMISIA: A WOMAN’S STORY; several feature films including the TIFF Best Canadian feature CAIRO TIME; many television series including the Gemini-winning series FLASHPOINT, the new CBC/ Netflix series ANNE, ROOKIE BLUE, SAVING HOPE, LOST GIRL, THE ELEVENTH HOUR and CTV’s mini-series WOULD BE KINGS, for which she won a DGC award for outstanding picture editing.
During this time, Teresa completed her B.A. in English and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto, graduating with distinction. She studied creative writing and specialized in the short story as part of her English degree. She attended the Women in the Directors Chair (WIDC) workshop in Banff, Alberta; won the World Wide Short Film Festival’s Screenplay Giveaway prize for her script, SCARLET RUNNERS, which she work-shopped while in Banff; and went on to receive an OMDC Calling Card to direct the short film of this work, now titled SNAPSHOTS FOR HENRY. SNAPSHOTS screened in numerous festivals, winning two awards and a Genie nomination for Best Short Film.
In addition to her editorial work Teresa has directed two episodes of ABC/Global’s ROOKIE BLUE and one episode of CTV’s SAVING HOPE. She recently wrote and directed the BravoFact music video LIFE IS SHORT ENOUGH and is currently developing new projects.
Werner Nold CM is a Quebec film editor. In 1984, he was named a Member of the Order of Canada. In 2010, he received the Prix Albert-Tessier from the government of Quebec for his contributions to the cinema of Quebec. Over a 35-year career at the National Film Board of Canada, Nold worked on approximately 100 films. He also co-founded the Conseil québécois pour la diffusion du cinéma and served as president of the Rendez-vous du cinéma québécois. Born in Switzerland, Nold moved to Quebec in 1955, while in his early 20s. He was hired by the NFB in 1961, and retired from film editing in 1996. In 2011 Werner was honored by the Canadian Cinema Editors with their first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives with his wife of over 40 years, Lucette Lupien, in Montreal's Habitat 67 complex.