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Join DOC Toronto on November 17 for the Editor’s Conference with some of the best documentary editors in the country!


This day-long event will examine the craft and technology of documentary editing through case study talks, interactive discussions, and panels. There will also be a signature DOC Toronto Masters’ Series Class with Michèle Hozer to cap off the event!

The day will examine questions like: What is the evolving role of a documentary editor? How do editors and directors find a common language for a film? Is a documentary made in the field or in the edit suite? What are the current technological benefits and shortcomings of the leading non-linear editing (NLE) systems?


The Day’s Agenda:Manfred Becker headshot

Keynote with Manfred Becker, C.C.E.: Editor, Director and multi-award winner Manfred Becker, C.C.E. (A Place Called Chiapas, The Guantanamo Trap), presents an overview of the landscape of documentary editing: its history, current state, and future projections.





Nick HectorCase Study Session with Nick Hector: As director Allan King’s (1930-2009) exclusive editor in his return to documentary, Master Editor Nick Hector, C.C.E., will discuss his work Dying at Grace, a Gemini Award winning film described by TIFF as “one of the best films ever made in this country.” Nick has won numerous awards, including Hot Docs Best Documentary Editing, the C.C.E. Award for Best Documentary Editing and has had four consecutive DGC Allan King Award nominations.



Mahi RahgozarThe Relationship: Directors and editors discuss adventures, successes and challenges in the edit suite during this panel discussion.

What is the editor’s role in the production and the director’s role in post-production of a documentary? What do editors wish they could whisper in the director’s ear while filming? What would editors like directors to film? How can a director prep for a film with an editor? How do you communicate a shared vision for the story? Who makes the film come to life? What’s the editor’s real role in documentary?

Steve Weslak



Featuring Deborah Palloway, C.C.E. (In the Name of the Family, Shipbreakers), Mahi Rahgozar (This Charming Man, Afghan Muscles, The Jungle Prescription), and frequent collaborators Ric Esther Bienstock and Steve Weslak, C.C.E. (Tales From the Organ TradeThe Money Shot). Moderated by Manfred Becker, C.C.E.


LUNCH (included)Ricardo Acosta


Case Study Session with Ricardo Acosta: Sundance Documentary Film Fellow and Creative Adviser, and multi-award winning Master Editor Ricardo Acosta (Shooting Indians- A Journey with Jeffrey Thomas, Spirits of Havana, The Take, Tiger Spirit, The Market), discusses his recent work on Herman’s House (Official Selection: full frame, Hot Docs and True/False Film Festivals), directed by Angad Bhalla and produced by Storyline Entertainment. In 2012, Ricardo was invited by the Sundance Institute as one of the Creative Advisers for the Documentary Edit and Story Lab.




The Technology: Codecs, workflows, storage! Each editor has their own way of working and often faithfully sticks by their NLE. Rather than focusing on who loves AVID or Final Cut Pro, this moderated information-sharing session will be used to discuss the benefits, challenges and workarounds with the latest NLE systems and technology in breakout groups. Featuring representatives from Creative Post, Fearless Films and Witz Education.


Masters’ Series Class with Michèle Hozer presented by Creative Post, Inc.

Michèle Hozer

This day will be capped off with DOC Toronto’s signature Masters’ Series Class featuring multi-award winning Editor/Director Michèle Hozer, C.C.E.

 1987 and has cut over 50 films.

Drawing on professional experiences, Michèle will share lessons that she has learned throughout her impressive career: the role of picture and sound in the narrative and dramatic arc of her films; the art of the cut down/versioning; the importance of good relationships with her subjects and directors; and her recent transition into directing. There will also be plenty of time for questions from the audience. Don’t miss the opportunity to gain insight into the techniques of this Master Editor! Admission for this presentation is included in the ticket price for the Editor’s Conference, but can also be purchased separately. Learn more here.

Event and Ticket Information

Editor’s Conference and Masters’ Series Class with Michèle Hozer

Nov 17, 2012 | 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto
2 Sussex Avenue
Toronto, ON M5S 1J5

DOC Members: $60.00
C.C.E. Members: $70.00
Students (with valid ID): $60.00
Non-Members: $85.00

NOTE: Lunch will be included for the Editor’s Conference. Admission to the Masters’ Series Class with Michèle Hozer is included in the above pricing, but tickets can also be purchased separately (see below).

Masters’ Series Class with Michèle Hozer

DOC Members: $30.00
Students (with valid ID): $30.00
Non-Members: $50.00


Special Presentation Sponsor

Creative Post

Creative Post Inc. is the Special Presentation Sponsor of the Masters’ Series Class with Michèle Hozer


Silver Sponsor








Bronze Sponsors

CCE Logo

Fearless Films


Door Prize Sponsor

Witz Education


Questions? Please contact Adam Shamoon, Coordinator, at adam@docorg.ca.