The Dharamshala International Film Festival (DIFF), in association with the Paddy & Joan Leigh Fermor Arts Fund, announces the launch of Dharamshala PJLF Editing Workshop 2018. The editing workshop aims to encourage career editors in the independent sector of Indian cinema and will give two teams of Director & Editor the chance to screen their film, receive feedback from a team of experienced film professionals and have two follow-up sessions working with the Editing Mentor on revising their cut and/or concentrating on particular sequences in their film.
Internationally renowned editor Jacques Comets will conduct the workshop as the Editing Mentor. Jacques Comets has edited the films of several leading French and international directors. He co-headed the editing department of the French National Film School, La Femis, and has been part of many seminars, workshops, master classes and juries in film festivals, film schools and universities around the world.
Supporting him as the Editing Workshop Mentors are Bina Paul, editor and Artistic Director of the International Film Festival of Kerala, and Olivia Stewart who has worked both as a Producer and as a Mentor/Script and Editing Advisor and has served on the jury of several international film festivals. A Selection Committee comprising Bina Paul and filmmakers Umesh Kulkarni and Tenzing Sonam will select the two Director/Editor teams.
DIFF Director Ritu Sarin said, “I’m so happy that we’re finally getting this workshop off the ground. As filmmakers ourselves, Tenzing and I have long felt the importance of providing an environment that encourages directors to work closely with their editors in a genuinely collaborative way. Our hope is that the workshop will not only inspire editors to give the director the benefit of an equal, qualified and experienced contribution to the final film, but will also reassure directors that editing skill is not a takeover of their vision but an asset and an opportunity to bring out the best in their film.”
The two selected Director/Editor teams will be invited to come to Dharamshala for seven days from 29 October to 4 November. All their expenses including travel and stay will be covered by the workshop. The application for the Editing Workshop is only open to Director/Editor teams who are working closely together as equal collaborators on the edit of an Indian-language (including in English) feature film. The film can be at any stage between rough-cut and fine cut and should be at least 90 minutes long. Indian-language films will need to have English subtitles.
Applications are open from 23 August 2018 and the submission deadline is 20 September. The two selected projects will be announced on 8 October.