Editing – American Film Institute

AFI Spotlight on SHAYDA Editor Elika Rezaee

Following the successful festival run of SHAYDA, we sat down with the film’s editor, AFI Conservatory Alum Elika Rezaee (AFI Class of 2015). Showcased at AFI FEST 2023 and set for a limited theatrical release on March 1, 2024, the film chronicles the story of Shayda, an Iranian immigrant played by Cannes Best Actress winner...

AFI Spotlight on THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY’s Vanara Taing (AFI Class of 2012)

Ahead of the 2024 Film Independent Spirit Awards which highlights the best in independent cinema, we spoke to AFI Conservatory Alum Vanara Taing (AFI Class of 2012) whose new docudrama THE UNKNOWN COUNTRY is nominated for the distinguished John Cassavetes Award. Starring Academy Award® nominee Lily Gladstone, the film centers on an Indigenous woman named...

Spotlight on ALL OF US STRANGERS Editor Jonathan Alberts (AFI Class of 2001)

On the heels of AFI FEST 2023, we are spotlighting editor and AFI Alum Jonathan Alberts (AFI Class of 2001) whose new film ALL OF US STRANGERS, starring Andrew Scott, Paul Mescal, Claire Foy and Jamie Bell, premiered as part of this year’s official selection and is set to be released in theaters on December...

Spotlight on THE LAST OF US Editor Emily Mendez

This month, we spoke to editor and AFI Alum Emily Mendez (AFI Class of 2015), who worked on the post-apocalyptic series THE LAST OF US, which stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey and is based on the popular 2013 video game. Debuting to critical acclaim, the show broke viewership records and recently garnered 24 Primetime...
A female AFI Fellow at the AFI Conservatory editing a digital video project at one of the film school's editing stations featuring multiple monitors

What is Film Editing and What Does a Film Editor Do?

JUMP TO SECTION What is Film Editing? What does a Film Editor do? Who becomes a Film Editor? What are the career paths for Film Editors? What is the Editing program at the AFI Conservatory film school? 10 Film Editing Terms to Know Recent Projects by AFI Conservatory Editing Alumni What is Film Editing? Film...

Spotlight on EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE filmmakers Zoe Mao and Aashish D’Mello

Assistant Editors Zoe Mao and Aashish D’Mello (both AFI Class of 2017) landed their dream jobs working on EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE, the sleeper hit that has gone on to garner 11 Academy Award® nominations and gross over $100 million worldwide. The much-celebrated film has been hailed as a major technical achievement in editing...

Spotlight Interview on Editor Affonso Gonçalves

AFI Alum Affonso Gonçalves (AFI Class of 1993), ACE, has made a name for himself as one of the most acclaimed, sought-after editors in Hollywood. After graduating from AFI, Gonçalves moved to New York and got his start as an assistant editor on Todd Solondz's WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE. His filmography includes prolific collaborations with...

AFI Faculty Matt Friedman Earns Eddie Nom for THE FAREWELL

The American Cinema Editors (ACE) announced its nominees for the 70th Annual ACE Eddie Awards for outstanding editing. Congratulations to AFI faculty member Matt Friedman who earned a Best Edited Feature Film nomination for his work on THE FAREWELL. “One of my overriding goals, and something that I say in virtually every class I teach…
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