Pat’s May Cutting Room Calendar

May Cutting Room Calendar

Hi fellow editors, it’s Pat from NewBlueFX. In this month’s Cutting Room Calendar, we have a few must-see film festivals, classes and workshops you won’t want to miss. Let’s take a look!

Film Festivals

Festival de cannes promotional image.

Festival De Cannes
Cannes, France
Dates: May 13-24
Price: No tickets are sold for the “Palais des Festivals,” but “Cinéma de la Plage” is available to the public for FREE open-air screenings.

Celebrate film the international way at the 68th Festival De Cannes. As Thierry Frémaux put it, the Festival de Cannes “is a celebration of cinematographic art. We exist to showcase the new writing, new genres and new visual innovations of our time.” Film professionals gather each year, but that does not stop the general public from having fun. Since 2011, the Festival De Cannes screens the opening film outside for the free open-air “Cinéma de la Plage” public viewing. Want to learn more about the Festival De Cannes and its history? Visit their website.

Seattle film festival poster

Seattle International Film Festival
Seattle, WA
Dates: May 14-June7
Price: General Admission $12

Experience the Seattle International Film Festival’s films, workshops, forums, celebrities, and events from May 14 to June 7th. Start the festival off with the opening night gala after the screening of Spy. Spend the evening with celebrities, watch new indie films like End of the Tour or The Overnight or take part in dinner and movie events. You’ll walk away learning something new from a number of forums and workshops. Discover more of what the Seattle International Film Festival has to offer.

Cinema in the Vineyards promotional image

Mendocino Film Festival
Mendocino, CA
Dates: May 28-31
Price: General Admission $11

Head to the seaside town of Mendocino for a film festival focused on craft and community over event hype. Celebrating its 10th year, the Mendocino Film Festival, is renowned for its exhilarating shorts program and children’s film screenings. The festival goes beyond just film screenings, offering intimacy between director and audience. Enjoy Q&As, art exhibitions, musical performances, and a screening in a vineyard.

In between films, make sure to explore Mendocino. Hike the hills, imbibe at several wineries and breweries, or walk along the shore. Mendocino Film Festival is a weekend full of fantastic films, community, and fun. For more info visit the official Mendocino Film Festival site.


Aris media house film classes

BRIC Video Editing with Premiere
Brooklyn, NY
Dates: May 9-30 (Saturdays), May 12-28 (Tuesdays & Thursdays), May 21-June 4 (Thursdays)
Price: $60

Are you a beginner or intermediate video editor in New York? Take BRIC’s “Video Editing with Premiere” beginner and intermediate classes and learn the basics of non-linear editing. Create a short video segment after learning basic as well as the advanced editing skills in Adobe Premiere Pro. Sign up for a class here.

Directors Toolkit ’15: The Secrets of Documentary Editing
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Time: 7:00 PM
Dates: May 27
Price: $40 for Film Independent Members; $55 for Non-Members

As with any film, in the end – it all comes down to the editing. Few know that better than two-time Academy Award nominated director, Lucy Walker. In her three-hour class, Walker will share her tips, rules, and insights she’s learned making her five feature documentaries, Devil’s Playground, Blindsight, Countdown to Zero, Waste Land, and the Crash Reel.

If you’re planning on creating your own documentary, you won’t want to miss out on this great opportunity. Get tickets here.