ACE splices up Edit Filmmakers Fest

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FRANKFURT, Germany -- The American Cinema Editors organization is planning a collaborative relationship with the Edit Filmmakers Festival, which wrapped here Tuesday.

"ACE is going to lend its talents to the Edit Festival," ACE president Alan Heim said. "We are going to be supplying panels and talking about how else we can communicate the ACE mandate, which is to educate people about film editing."

He added: "A lot of our members teach. A lot do guest lecturing. Lately, we've been taking part in festivals like this."

Heim and ACE editor John Wilson discussed the art of editing and presented some of their work during a crowded festival session Tuesday at the CineStar Metropolis. Heim showed clips from his work on "Network," and Wilson screened clips from his films including "Billy Elliot."

"This is a wonderfully professional festival. I love seeing an audience made up of people from different age groups and knowing I can impart some knowledge," said Heim, adding with a smile, "based on my hundred years of editing."

Attendance figures for the festival were not available at press time, but organizers estimated a couple thousand visitors participated, with an overall rise of about 15% from last year.

The Edit Festival began 10 years ago with a focus on digital production and visual effects. The festival intends to keep these components while expanding into new areas. "The next goal for us is to bring additional areas to the platform. We want to bring editors. We want to bring directors of photography," festival director Sebastian Popp said.

The Edit Festival is presented by the State of Hessen and the Office for Private Broadcasting and New Media in Hessen. It was presented the past five years in cooperation with the Visual Effects Society; this year's festival was the last of that partnership.
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