9:30 AM, March 5, 2015

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With Jeanne Slater and Daria Ellerman

This full day class will focus on storytelling, whether it be fiction, factual or documentary, and how character, narrative, and tone can be sculpted through cuts.  Jeanne and Daria will cover many topics between them and bring their combined wealth of industry expertise to the table with plenty of time for questions.  This is not a technical class, but more an inspiring theoretical dialogue about how a story takes its final shape in the edit room.

Who should take this class?

Aspiring and professional editors, emerging and intermediate directors and producers who want to gain a new perspective on working with editors, actors, screenwriters, film buffs and fans, and anyone interested in learning more about film editing!  Suitable for all levels of experience.


Date:  Thursday March 5th, 2015

Time:  9:30am-4:00pm

Location:  VIFF's VanCity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St., Vancouver

Cost:  $50 for members / $80 for non-members


To register, click on the Register Now button above. 



Jeanne Slater 


Jeanne Slater began her editing career at the prestigious UCLA film school under her mentor Academy Award winner Shirley Clarke (Robert Frost: A Lover’s Quarrel with the World) and studied scriptwriting under Richard Walter (The Essentials of Screenwriting). She graduated in the class following Alexander Payne and Catherine Hardwicke. At her first job in the Theatrical Marketing Department at Disney, she quickly discovered that she wanted to help shape stories in a more significant way. Jeanne’s passion grew from there and she began to focus on editing documentaries, feature films, television series and factual TV.

Jeanne  thrives on creating the final draft of a script (or in the case of reality TV, the first and last draft.) For that reason she continues to take scripting courses and has listened to several hundred hours of interview with screenwriters on The Q&A. Best known for her work on Evangeline (2013), Drawing Out the Demons: A Film About the Artist Attila Richard Lukacs (2004) and Head Shot (2006) Jeanne has been nominated for 3 Leo's, a Gemini, and a C.C.E. award, among others.

Now living and working in Vancouver, Jeanne edits shows that are just to the left of mainstream and looks forward to continue working with directors who have a strong independent vision­.


Daria Ellerman, C.C.E.


Daria is a picture editor with over 20 years experience working in documentaries, television series and feature films. After receiving a bachelor of arts from The University of British Columbia in Film and Television Studies, she was awarded one of the first apprenticeship awards from the Canadian Academy of Film and Television.

Credits include over 150 hours of one hour television, over 125 episodes of sitcom as well as long form work, most recently editing the independent feature, “Birdwatcher”.

She has been nominated for 6 LEO AWARDS, a GEMINI AWARD and a C.C.E. Award as picture editor and won a LEO AWARD in 2005 for her work on the television series, “The Collector”.

Daria is a founding member of the Canadian Cinema Editors.  Volunteer work includes jurying for the Geminis and Canadian Cinema Editors awards and working for the Vancouver International Film Festival.  She was a mentor editor for the 2008 and 2009 Women in the Director Chair programs at the Banff Centre.