by Alison Joy
August 7th, 2013

The Karen Schmeer Film Editing Fellowship is now accepting applications for its prestigious award! In partnership with the American Cinema Editors (ACE), the fellowship helps to provide funds to emerging documentary editors and to support their careers as they further their skills and expand their networks. Now in its fourth year, the award honors Karen Schmeer, a renowned editor (Fog of War; Fast, Cheap and Out of Control; Bobby Fischer Against the World) who was tragically killed in 2010 after being struck by a vehicle fleeing a bank robbery that then fled the scene. She was 39.

Submissions are welcome now through September 30, 2013. A winner will be announced in January of 2014. For more details about the application process, please visit

The 2013 fellow is Jim Hession (Emmy nominee for Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present) and past fellows include Lindsay Utz (Bully) and Erin Casper (American Promise, Our School.)

Winners of the fellowship will receive the following benefits:

  • ACE Editor Mentorship – with guidance from American Cinema Editors, the Fellow will be given a mentorship with an established ACE editor who fits the Fellow’s particular interests
  • ACE Edit Fest LA Full Pass – the Fellow will be provided with a full pass to Edit Fest LA (August, 2014); a weekend seminar with leading editors (
  • Manhattan Edit Workshop Class – free class at New York City’s Manhattan Edit Workship; an Apple, Adobe & Avid Authorized editing and training facility (
  • SXSW Festival Film Badge – full access to films, panels, mentor sessions and more at the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival in Austin, TX (
  • IFFBoston Festival Chrome Pass – full access to films, panels and more at the Independent Film Festival Boston (
  • Manhattan Edit Workshops “Inside the Cutting room: Sight, Sound and Story” Event in New York Ticket – a day-long seminar with editing professionals (
  • Travel expenses/accomodations – the fellow will be provided with 3 nights hotel, airfare and per diem to two of the events/classes above based on the fellow’s preference
  • Rooftop Films Summer Series Triple Membership and $1000 equipment rental – free entry for the fellow and two guests to all regularly priced Summer Series shows at New York’s long-running outdoor film festival, plus an equipment rental credit for up to $1000 for projector, sound system, screen, etc. (
  • Stranger Than Fiction Pass – a season pass to the Stranger Than Fiction documentary film series at New York City’s IFC Center (
  • $1000 cash award
  • $250 Powell’s Books Online Gift Certificate – an online gift certificate to Powell’s Books (Karen’s favorite) based in Portland, Oregon (

For more information concerning the fellowship or Karen Schmeer herself, please visit, or visit Facebook and Twitter.


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Rooftop Films is a New York based non-profit whose mission is to engage diverse communities by showing independent movies in outdoor locations, producing new films, coordinating youth media education, and renting equipment at low cost to artists.


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