Letter from the Editor 2nd Qtr-2018

EDITORS WITHOUT BORDERS

It is one of ACE’s main goals to propagate, inform and educate the moviemaker and society in general with events such as the Eddie Awards, Invisible Art/Visible Artists, EditFest and, of course, CinemaEditor.

Next up is EditFest London, which takes place June 30 at BFI Southbank. The day will feature several editor panels including such talent as Una Ni Dhonghaile; Andrew J. McClelland; Eddie Hamilton, ACE; John Venzon, ACE; and Martin Walsh, ACE; as well as a featured conversation with Chris Lebenzon, ACE. Another ACE initiative that has truly transcended international borders is the Petition for Editors’ Recognition in cooperation with the Motion Picture Editors Guild, which aims to give editors their creative due at film festivals all around the world by pushing for editing award categories.

Establishing contacts around the globe to persuade all kinds of international film festivals to honor editors has familiarized us with lesser-known communities and organizations of editors that helped in the effort. It turns out that there’s a vibrant array of formal and informal groups of editors that gather to advocate all the professional and creative aspects of our jobs.

This led to the genesis of an idea to find ways to connect all these organizations, clubs and communities. As the preeminent honorary society of editors, ACE seems to be the perfect organization to take a leading role in bringing all the creative challenges, struggles and concerns of other editors together. On the recommendation of the International Relations Committee of the ACE Board of Directors, last year CinemaEditor inaugurated the Global Editing Perspectives column, each time featuring another country’s editors organization; in this issue we highlight South Africa.

The ACE Board of Directors has been diligently working with the International Relations Committee to find ways to strengthen our bond with editors around the world because we realize that motion pictures are not bound by borders and so neither should we be. –Edgar Burcksen, ACE