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Mentoring Programme

Michael Nollet, London based Emmy award-winning editor, served as a guest tutor in the FAMU Editing Department during the week of January 8-12. A week-long workshop (closed for editing students only) focused on hands-on editing with raw material from Michael's BAFTA-nominated "Rebellion" exploring dynamic editing whilst maintaining objectivity. For the wider FAMU community, Michael delivered talks on key editing areas on January 9, covering topics such as staying fresh to the material, approaches to identifying good cut points, and creating atmosphere through sound editing. Additionally, a Q&A screening of Michael's Emmy-winning documentary short, "The Nightcrawlers," were held on January 10, offering insights into President Duterte's "War on Drugs" in The Philippines. 

Michael is an award-winning editor and edit consultant working on feature documentaries for 20 years. Recent credits include the docu-series, "Heart of Invictus" (Netflix) and "Name Me Lawand" which won the Jury Prize at Hot Docs 2023 for Best International Feature (and now screening at DOC NYC). His experience in the cutting rooms began working in drama with Ridley Scott, Andrea Arnold (Red Road, Fish Tank) and Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart, 24-Hour Party People, Wonderland) where he learned invaluable and varying approaches to editing from assisting some of the best editors in the world. 

Michael's editing work has been described as "Unforgettable... a masterclass in withholding judgement" (Evening Standard, The Return) and "Beautifully crafted and heart-wrenching" (Pulitzer Centre for Crisis Reporting, No Fire Zone). He has been nominated for Best Editing at the Televisual Awards for No Fire Zone, three times nominated for Best Use of Footage at the Focal International Awards (Building Jerusalem, Windscale: A Nuclear Disaster and The Return) and was shortlisted for the BAFTA Craft Awards for editing The Return. 



Photo: Department of Editing