ACE is very proud to support The Eric Zumbrunnen Fellowship.

Known to many as “EZ,” Eric Zumbrunnen graduated from USC with a degree in Journalism, and began his professional life in video post-production.  A proficient guitarist, his affinity for music informed his early work editing music videos. He developed close collaborative relationships with a few directors, and subsequently expanded into commercials for clients such as Nike, Xbox and Apple, and ultimately into feature films.  He perhaps most notably found his creative kindred spirit in director Spike Jonze. The pair’s harmonious, highly successful collaboration spanned two decades.


A member of American Cinema Editors since his first feature, Being John Malkovich which earned him an Eddie for Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy),  Eric brought his love of a good story well told to AdaptationWhere the Wild Things Are and  Her, as well as John Carter, for director Andrew Stanton.


In 2014, Eric Zumbrunnen co-founded Santa Monica and New York-based post-production company EXILE with partners Kirk Baxter, ACE, Matt Murphy and Carol Lynn Weaver.  Regarded as one of the most technically proficient editors of his era, one who approached editing with insight and eloquence, Eric valued the opportunity to learn from the gifted writers, directors and editors he worked with. While he held himself and his co-workers to a high standard, he was also committed to encouraging and mentoring other editors and would-be editors.

Read full tribute to Eric here


If you would like to volunteer, please email us indicating your interest in our organization.  If you would like to make a donation. Please make checks to:

Eric Zumbrunnen Fellowship
c/o ACE Educational Center
5555 Melrose Ave
Marx Brothers Bldg #108
Los Angeles, CA 90038

All contributions made to the ACE Educational Center are considered charitable tax deductions.

Introducing the Third Eric Zumbrunnen Fellow,
Matthew Allen

We had the good fortune to meet with Matt in person just days before the stay-at-home orders were put in place.  Since then he’s been a virtual whirlwind, taking advantage of the shakeup in so many editors’ working schedules to meet with them via video chat or telephone, and reaching out to contacts at software and technology companies to ensure that he is learning the latest editing systems as well as discovering the state of the art in remote editing and collaboration.  All while he continues to assist Matt Chesse on Netflix’s Sweet Girl and lends a hand behind the scenes on ACE’s Editfest Global.

  Matt realized he wanted to pursue a career as an editor while at Pepperdine University when he started editing his friends’ films and fell in love with the creative process. “It felt exciting to edit a scene because it was the first time the movie started to play like a movie.” Following internships at LBC Radio in London, CBS Films, Voltage Pictures, and the Weinstein Company, Matt attended the American Film Institute Editing Program. One of his graduate capstone films played at the American Embassy in China.

Since then, he has edited commercials, music videos and short films. In his free time Matt enjoys seeing films at the American Cinematheque and film festivals.

Neither a scholarship nor a grant, the Eric Zumbrunnen Fellowship harnesses the goodwill of American Cinema Editors, Adobe, Avid, Pix, Media Arts Lab and Eric’s friends and colleagues to provide our fellow with state of the art tools, hands-on opportunities, and the wisdom of many of the talented and experienced professionals Eric worked amidst.

We’re looking for someone:

            – who is currently working in post-production

            – who is dedicated to pursuing a career as an editor

            – who is based in, or planning to relocate to, Los Angeles, California

            – who is willing to put in their own time for meetings, screenings and mentor-assigned projects 

With the constraints that current safe practices put on our working lives and our ability to meet, we have decided not to select a new fellow for 2021.  The next period for applications to the Eric Zumbrunnen Fellowship will begin in November of 2021.

Application Information