Sally Menke Memorial Fellowship

A Message to Applicants

As we head into our 11th year of the Sally Menke Editing Fellowship we’re currently accepting strong candidates for consideration.

The Sally Menke Editing Fellowship will support an emerging fiction editor who has served as lead editor for at least one, but no more than four fiction features, and any number of shorts, documentary films, industrial films, or webisodes. Additionally, the ideal candidate is committed to continuing a career in editing, passionate about collaboration and the creative process, and open to exploration and experimentation in the editing room. We hope to find an editor based in either LA or NYC, but the fellowship is open to all editors based in the U.S.


The Sally Menke Fellow will receive an invitation to join American Cinema Editors as an Associate Member. Benefits include receiving CinemaEditor magazine, invitations to events, and screeners, with the opportunity to vote for the Feature Film Best Editing categories as part of the ACE Awards. Invitations to join periodic informal gatherings of the cohort of Menke Fellows. An invitation to join the Art of Editing Event at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival where the annual Menke fellow is acknowledged. And more.
For the requirements and to submit an online application, go HERE.

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.