The Art of Editing Fellowship evolved out of the long-standing role at the Documentary Edit and Story Lab for emerging editors. The original title of “Contributing Editor” (CE) was created for editors who were selected from a separate application process and paired with Lab fellow teams to provide on-site technical and editorial support during the Lab.


This year, we are launching the Art of Editing Fellowship, dedicated to supporting a diverse group of emerging editors working in independent nonfiction. The Fellowship will provide mentorship and create a nurturing, collaborative network of editors to learn, share and discuss pressing challenges working editors face today balanced with a focus on the art of editing and an intimate space to discuss creative process.


The Fellowship will kick-off with a virtual Lab experience, taking place June 22-26, 2020. It is a space to bring fellows together for a week of career-focused conversations, working sessions with advisors and Sundance staff, as well as presentations and masterclasses. We are excited to bring to this format, the unique sense of community and peer-to-peer knowledge exchange inherent to the Edit and Story Lab, and ignite a long-lasting chain of support and collaboration between editors. 


The Fellowship will accept 8 Editors and assemble a lineup of 6 Advisors. Past advisors include Kate Amend (Into the Arms of Strangers, The Keepers), Andrea Chignoli (Cielo, No), Jonathan Oppenheim (Paris Is Burning, The Oath), Carla Gutierrez (Kingdom of Shadows, RBG) and Mary Lampson (Harlan County U.S.A., The Bad Kids).


Interim Director, Documentary Film Program
Kristin Feeley oversees creative Labs and Fellowships at the Documentary Film Program, which include five residential artist-focused Labs. She co-programs the annual Creative Producing Summit and programs for DFP-supported artists at Sundance Film Festival, which serves over 150 artists annually. She created the Documentary Creative Producing Fellowship, the Contributing Editor Fellowship as well as the Nonfiction Critics Fellowship, the first Fellowship within the DFP to support writers and cultural critics. Kristin is committed to supporting all artists who contribute to a collaborative, inclusive artistic process in independent nonfiction. She plays a staff advisory role with the Sundance Documentary Fund. Prior to Sundance, Kristin worked in social policy research and arts nonprofits before pursuing a Masters in Film at University of Glasgow. more...
Interim Labs and Artist Support Manager
Betsy Tsai is a director and producer. She most recently produced Confucian Dream (Special Jury Prize, Karlovy Vary 2019) and was an associate producer for Our Time Machine (Tribeca 2019). From 2015-2019, she was a staff member of the Documentary Film Program at Sundance Institute, where she provided critical operational and curatorial support for the Sundance Documentary Fund, which awards over $1.5 million in grant awards to feature documentary films from around the world. Betsy is a directing alumna from the UCLA School of Theater, Film, & Television, where she also studied English Literature and International Conflict Resolution. Prior to Sundance Institute, she worked for an educational nonprofit, The Olive Tree Initiative, which provides an experiential, multi-perspective approach for conflict resolution students studying the regions of Israel & Palestine and the South Caucasus. Betsy is based between California and Belfast, Northern Ireland, where she is developing her first hybrid film. more...
Assistant, Labs & Artist Support, Documentary Film Program
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Andrea Alarcon joined the DFP team in 2019 and supports the processes for the program's artist-focused Labs, including the Documentary Edit & Story Lab, the Music & Sound Design Lab, the Creative Producing Lab & Fellowship and the Contributing Editor Fellowship. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Film and Digital Media, with a concentration in documentary film. She spent three years with the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History working to engage and empower diverse communities in the arts before moving to Los Angeles. Andrea is a passionate community builder, lover of films and coffee enthusiast. 
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Lab Advisor
After almost five years with the Sundance Institute, Enrique has stepped down from his position as Manager of Labs and Artist Support in the Documentary Film Program to explore new opportunities. During his tenure at Sundance, Enrique managed the Sundance Documentary Creative Labs, which include the Edit and Story Lab, Music and Sound Design Lab, Nonfiction Director’s Lab and the Contributing Editor Fellowship. Across all programs and grants, Enrique served and supported close to 80 artists annually. Additionally, Enrique supported DFP’s international work, particularly in Latin America. He also played a staff advisory role with the Sundance Documentary Fund, awarding $1-2 million per year in grants to projects globally. Prior to Sundance, he was an integral part of Ambulante California as a film programmer and has actively worked in other arts organizations such as Film Independent. Enrique was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia and is also a filmmaker who’s produced and directed short films that have played in film festivals around the world. Enrique received his BFA in Film and Television from the New York Film Academy and is currently working on his first feature film. He will be participating in this year's inaugural Art of Editing Lab as an Advisor. more...

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