Taking the Leap: Long-time editors becoming first-time directors
It has often been said that film editors bring along good prerequisites for entering the field of directing. Because they experience the „naked“ result of the filming process in all its facets in the editing suite and get a clear sense of what works and what does not. And because they spend months exchanging ideas in close quarters with directors of different backgrounds, gaining intimate insight into their methods.
Nevertheless, there is also a whole range of skills and qualities that are expected of directors, but do not necessarily align with widely held preconceptions of editors, for example: Being able to lead and inspire a team, to withstand the enormous pressure of responsibility, and to speak confidently in front of large groups of people.
The three editors on our panel have all achieved their long-format directorial debut in the last five years, and talk about their experiences along the way. For all three, the Corona pandemic also played a role, either as an impulse to shoot or as an additional disruptive factor.
Renée Edwards (United Kingdom), with excerpts from their documentaries One Note at a Time (2016) and One Note at a Time 2, Katrina to Covid (2021–2022)
Caterina Mona (Switzerland), with excerpts from her feature film Semret (2021–2022)
Pedro Collantes (Spain), with excerpts from his feature film The Art of Return (Original title: El arte de volver, 2020)
Saturday, 16 October 2021 at 6:30 pm | Filmforum at the Museum Ludwig
Moderator: Dietmar Kraus
The panel will be held in English.
Currently Chair of British Film Editors (BFE), Renée Edwards has been editing for over 30 years. She's worked in all genres, and found her editing mojo in current affairs documentaries, particularly the hour-long investigations.
Renée was born in Leicester to large families originating in Ireland and the Deep South, USA. She studied film at the University of the Arts London.
Although focused mainly on her editing career, Renée has also nurtured her skills as a director and producer. After a few short films she spent over four years filming her long-format debut One Note at a Time (2016), a documentary about musicians in New Orleans and their struggles after Hurricane Katrina. The documentary went on to win several awards, including „Film of the Festival“ at the Oxford International Film Festival 2017.
During the pandemic of 2020/21, Renée directed a 38-minute follow-up, One Note at a Time 2, Katrina to Covid, where she catches up with many of her protagonists – 14 years after she first started filming them.
2021 Covid: Who Got It Right?. BBC Panorama. Richard Wyllie.
2016 One Note at a Time. Feature-length documentary. Renée Edwards.
2012 The Honeymoon Murder. BBC Panorama. Andy Bell.
2012 The Mind Reader.BBC Panorama. Alison Priestley.
2004 The Hutton Enquiry. BBC Panorama. Mike Rudin.
2000 Moral Combat – NATO at War. BBC Panorama. Richard Wyllie.
1999 Wonders of the African World with Henry Louis Gates Jr. TV mini-series, 2 episodes.
1995 A Scot in the Arctic. TV documentary. Hamish Hamilton.
Although she was born in Zurich in 1973, where she still lives and works, Caterina Mona also has strong connections to her home canton Ticino. She first studied English literature for five semesters at the University of Zurich, before being accepted to the INSAS film school in Brussels in 1998. She graduated in 2001 with a diploma as an editor. Afterwards she worked on various national and international productions as an assistant editor and script/continuity.
Since 2003 she has been active as a freelance film editor. In addition to editing feature films and documentaries, she also worked for the Berlinale and the Locarno Film Festival for several years.
In the winter of 2013/14, Caterina spent six months in Buenos Aires with her family, where she wrote the script for her first short film, Persi. It premiered in the „Pardi di Domani“ section of the Locarno Film Festival in 2015. After that, she edited two feature films while continuing to develop other film ideas of her own. Most recently, she concentrated on her feature film debut, Semret.
2022 Semret. Cinema feature film. Caterina Mona.
2017 Finding Camille.Fiction feature film. Bindu de Stoppani.
2017 Around Luisa. Fiction feature film. Olga Baillif.
2015 Persi. Short fiction. Caterina Mona.
2014 Turicum – This Is Zurich. Documentary. Yadolah Dodge.
2014 ThuleTuvalu. Cinema documentary. Matthias von Gunten.
2012 Appassionata. Cinema documentary. Christian Labhart.
2011 Die Kinder vom Napf. Cinema documentary. Alice Schmid.
2010 Zwischen Himmel und Erde. Documentary. Christian Labhart.
2008 Max Frisch, Citoyen. Cinema documentary. Matthias von Gunten.
2004 Remember Anna. Cinema feature film. Walter Deuber.
Born 1980 in Madrid, Pedro Collantes studied cinema at the Universidad de Valladolid and specialised in editing at the TAI Escuela Universitaria de Artes in Madrid. He then completed a Masters at the Netherlands Film Academy in Amsterdam. He has worked as a film editor in Spain, Norway and Belgium.
Alongside his editing career, with over 30 credits to date, Pedro has also made steady progress as a director, screen writer and producer. His short films have been screened at many international festivals, and received awards at the Festival de Cine Español de Málaga, ALCINE, Palm Springs and Cinespaña-Toulouse, among others. In 2018 he wrote and directed the short film Three Years More, which was in the official selection for the 2019 César award for best fiction short film.
As part of the Biennale College Cinema programme, Pedro wrote and directed his first feature-length film The Art of Return (original title: El arte de volver),which premiered at the 2020 Venice Film Festival.
Since 2018, Pedro is a member of the Oscar Academy (AMPAS), and since 2020 of the French Académie des César.
2020 The Art of Return. Cinema feature film. Pedro Collantes.
2019 The Chuck Band Show.Cinema feature film. Al Wallcat.
2019 The Alcàsser Murders.Netflix mini-series. León Siminiani.
2019 Muedra. Short animation film, as producer. Cesar Diaz Melendez.
2018 Three Years More. Short fiction. Pedro Collantes.
2017 Off Ice. Short fiction. Pedro Collantes.
2016 Shadow World. Cinema documentary. Johan Grimonprez.
2015 Nothing Stranger. Short fiction. Pedro Collantes.
2014 Celery. Short fiction. Pedro Collantes.
2012 Eskiper. Short fiction. Pedro Collantes.
2012 Hourglass. Short fiction. Pedro Collantes.
2011 15 Summers Later. Short fiction. Pedro Collantes.
2010 Exhaling Music. Documentary. Trond Eliassen.