Over many years, Sally Menke was an inspired mentor to Sundance Institute filmmakers and editors. As one of the Creative Advisors, she was dynamic, focused, generous, and passionate about the creative process. She loved the editing room and spent hours with the Fellows who sought her out. She used her own experiences and skills to help the filmmakers bring their visions to life and offered her advice with generosity and kindness. Her many credits include Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, All the Pretty Horses, Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds.
In memory of Sally’s artistry and love of mentoring, Sundance Institute has created the Sally Menke Memorial Editing Fellowship to support an emerging narrative editor in furthering their understanding of craft in the independent film space, expanding their artistic community and providing momentum to their editing career.
Please click here to download an overview (pdf) of the fellowship with information about eligibility and the application process. Please note the following:
1.Candidates must have served as lead editor on between one and four fiction features, with any number of docs, shorts, etc. to their credit.
2. The Menke Fellow will serve as one of the editors on crew at the Directors Lab, and as such must be available to attend the Lab at the Sundance Resort in Utah May 29 – June 22, 2018.
3. Candidates must be based in the U.S.
The Sally Menke Fellow will receive invitations to the American Cinema Editors guild events, film screeners and the opportunity to vote for the Feature Film Best Editing categories as part of the ACEawards, a subscription to CinemaEditor magazine, and a free invitation to EditFest Los Angeles. Additionally, the Fellow will receive a travel stipend to attend part of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where he or she will be acknowledged and Sally’s career will be highlighted at the Art of Editing Lunch.
If you are eligible and wish to apply, please email Lauren Lukow at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will follow up with the application link and instructions. The application deadline is end of day Thursday, March 14th.