EditFest Global Virtual Event - 2021

EditFest Global 2021

EditFest is one of the greatest examples of ACE’s mission to educate others about the craft of editing and to advance the art and dignity of the profession. Thanks to our generous sponsors, EditFest is able to provide an online setting in which attendees and panelists can interact and network, exemplifying ACE’s mission to celebrate editors and the art of editing while encouraging the next generation.

Kevin Tent, ACE
President, American Cinema Editors

Saturday, August 28th, 2021

“Editing For Musicals”

9:15am to 9:30am – EditFest Intro video / instructions / sponsor reel. Approximately 15 minutes.
9:30am – 11am

Moderated by Carolyn Giardina
Tech Editor at The Hollywood Reporter


  1. Ali Greer – Schmigadoon!
  2. Kris Fitzgerald – Central Park
  3. Virginia Katz, ACE – Dreamgirls, Beauty and the Beast
  4. Alan Heim, ACE – All That Jazz
  5. Myron Kerstein, ACE – In the Heights, Crazy Rich Asians, tick, tick…Boom



11:15am to 1:00pm

Inside the Cutting Room with Bobbie O’Steen, author of The Invisible Cut & Cut to the Chase

“A Conversation with Tom Cross, ACE”
Whiplash, La La Land, First Man, No Time to Die



1:15 pm

Saturday Networking Break-Out Rooms

  • Julio C. Perez IV, ACE – Euphoria, Malcolm & Marie
  • Dana E. Glauberman, ACE – The Mandalorian, Ghostbusters: Afterlife
  • Yana Gorskaya, ACE – What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt for the Wilderpeople
  • Molly Shock, ACE – Top Chef All Stars, Rupaul’s Drag Race All Stars
  • Frédéric Thoraval, ACE – Promising Young Woman 
  • Rosanne Tan, ACE –  The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Mr. Robot, Homecoming
  • Jessica Hernández, ACE – A Black Lady Sketch Show, Self-Made
  • Avril Beukes, ACERespect, Queen Sugar
  • Erika Dapkewicz, ACEVivo, Puss in Boots

Assistants and Interviewers currently include Glenn Garland, Susana Benaim, Robbie Gibbon, Christina Velez, Sean Linal Peterkin and  Matthew Allen.


2:00 pm – Sign off for the day

Sunday, August 29th

9:15am to 9:30am – EditFest Intro 

9:30am – 11am

“From Assistant to Editor: Mentoring the Next Generation”

Moderated by Matt Feury
Senior Director, Artist Relations AVID


Part 1 – The Mentors

  1. Ben Bulatao, ACE – Deadliest Catch, Florida Man
  2. Melissa McCoy, ACE – Ted Lasso, Whiskey Cavalier
  3. Joi McMillon, ACE Zola, The Underground Railroad, Moonlight 
  4. Alan Baumgarten, ACE – Trial of the Chicago 7, Molly’s Game
  5. Harry Yoon, ACE ­– Minari, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings


Part 2 – The Assistants

  • Francesca Castro
  • Irene Chun
  • Christina Mar
  • Daniel Morfesis
  • Art O’Leary, ACE

11:15am to 1:00 pm

“International Partner Program Launch – Strengthening the Art of Editing in the Global Film Community”

Moderated by Jazz Tangcay, Senior Artisans Editor at Variety




  1. Alexander Berner, ACE – Babylon Berlin, Cloud Atlas, Resident Evil
  2. Janus Billeskov Jansen – Flee, Another Round, Pelle The Conqueror
  3. Yang Jinmo, ACE – Parasite, Snowpiercer, Train to Busan
  4. Soledad Salfate – A Fantastic Woman, Somos., Gloria Bell
  5. Michelle Tesoro, ACE – The Queen’s Gambit, Flag Day, When They See Us


1:15 pm

Sunday Networking Break-Out Rooms

  • Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, ACE – Sound of Metal – 2021 Oscar Winner
  • Charles Little II, ACE – 9-1-1: Lone Star
  • Stephen Rivkin, ACE – Avatar, Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Lillian Benson, ACE – Chicago Med, Maya Angelou And Still I Rise
  • Josie Azzam and Susan E Kim – Discussion with Sally Menke 2020/21 Fellows
  • Pat Barnett, ACE –  iCarly, Everybody Loves Raymond, Call Your Mother
  • Sue Federman, ACEHow I Met Your Mother, Man with a Plan
  • Daysha Broadway, ACE A Black Lady Sketch Show, Insecure
  • Kelly Lyon, ACEThat Damn Michael Che, Well Played, Saturday Night Live, Dudley Gets Shot
  • Kirk Baxter, ACE The Social Network, Mank

Assistants and Interviewers will include Alfonso Carrion, Hailey Ruffner, Kelly Soll, Shannon Weiss and Alyssa Donovan.



2:00 pm – Sign off 

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