The Grierson Trust, with support from Netflix, is launching a new documentary editor training programme as part of its Grierson DocLab outreach initiative. Grierson DocLab In Focus: Editing has eight places available for those with some post-production experience looking to step up to Assistant Editor, who want to learn the art and craft of narrative storytelling.

Given the COVID-19 situation, this inaugural year of DocLab In Focus: Editing will be delivered online over six days. The week will involve an intensive schedule with leading industry speakers covering topics such as: managing the relationship with the director; insight and case studies from editors about how they have developed their respective careers; and how to enhance the story and challenges in the edit.

It will prepare each successful applicant for a paid contract (up to three months in duration) working on a Netflix documentary production. As this is a trainee scheme, the placement will be for a new entrant role, possibly as an assistant editor depending on individual trainees’ initial skillsets. We are planning for the work to be undertaken in person, rather than remotely, subject to COVID-19 guidelines.

Coupled with ongoing support from The Trust, trainees will have access to networking events (held online and in-person), plus professional development opportunities, through a programme of webinars over six months. They will be assigned an industry mentor and be invited to the prestigious Grierson Awards, taking place at The Queen Elizabeth Hall, 10 November 2021, to network with industry guests. All trainees will then join the Grierson DocLab Alumni group for continued support through the network.

Find out more about eligibility, criteria, timings and who should apply on The Grierson Trust’s website. Deadline for applications is 12 Feb 2021.