EdiMotion15. – 18. Oktober 2021

Guest Country UK

We are very pleased to welcome the United Kingdom as a guest country at Edimotion this year, thanks to the cooperation with the Association of British Film Editors (BFE). It was a special desire for all of us to send a signal of deep, European and international solidarity in the year of the Brexit. And to show that filmmakers remain closely networked across political borders.

Editors in the United Kingdom have always had a strong international network and in recent years have become even more important for Hollywood, the Commonwealth countries and globally. In the new millennium, domestic cinema has also remained strong, experimental, always surprising and full of new talent in front of and behind the camera.

With Maya Maffioli, we have one of the great shooting stars among British film editors as our guest in Cologne. We will be showing her acclaimed drama Rocks as a North-Rhine Westfalia premiere, followed by a workshop talk with the editor about her work. The energetic youth drama managed to rack up the most BAFTA nominations this year. Renée Edwards, chairwoman of the British Film Editors, will also be present and will talk about her association and the editing scene in her home country in her introductory remarks to the guest country evening.

Maya Maffioli was nominated for Best Editing at the British Independent Film Awards with Rocks, as well as at the BFE's first Cut Above Awards in 2021, and her film Ali & Ava (directed by Clio Bernard) recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. Her new collaboration with director Michael Pearce, Encounter, premiered in September at the prestigious Telluride Film Festival in the US.

Saturday, 16.10. | Filmforum at the Museum Ludwig
20 Uhr | Reception
21 Uhr | Rocks
UK 2019, 93 min, director: Sarah Gavron
Film talk with editor Maya Maffioli
Introduction: Renée Edwards
Moderation: Werner Busch

In cooperation with

Maya Maffioli

Guest Country United Kingdom

Italo-British editor Maya Maffioli grew up in Italy and has been living and working in London for the past 20 years. While attending the editing MA at the National Film and Television School in the UK, she met director Michael Pearce. Maya collaborated with him on his two BAFTA-nominated shorts Rite (2010) and Keeping Up with the Joneses (2013), and then his debut feature Beast (2018), which received many accolades, including a BAFTA for Best Debut in 2019.

Other notable collaborations include the acclaimed British film Rocks (2019) with director Sarah Gavron, a film that received multiple BAFTA nominations and won Best Film at the 2020 British Independent Film Awards. For her work on Rocks, Maya was nominated for Best Editing in the 2020 British Independent Film Awards and for Best Single Drama at the British Film Editor’s „Cut Above Awards. Maya also collaborated with American director Lena Dunham on the first episode of the HBO show Industry (2020).

Most recently, she worked on acclaimed director Clio Bernard’s film Ali & Ava, which premiered at 2021 Director’s Fortnight in Cannes, and completed work on Pearce’s sophomore film Encounter, starring Riz Ahmed and Octavia Spencer, which premiered at Telluride Film festival in September.

Filmography as Editor (Selection)

2021 Encounter. Fictional film. Michael Pearce.
2021 Ali & Ava. Fictional film. Clio Barnard.
2020 Undergods. Fictional film. Chino Moya.
2020 DAU. Katya Tanya. Fictional film. Ilya Khrzhanovskiy. Jekaterina Oertel
2019 Rocks. Fictional film. Sarah Gavron.
2019 Dau. Fictional film. Ilya Khrzhanovskiy.
2018 Tell it to the Bees. Fictional film. Annabel Jankel.
2017 Kingdom of Us. Documentary. Lucy Cohen.
2017 Beast. Fictional film. Michael Pearce.
2016 Daimon. Documentary. Donatella di Cicco.
2014 Hide and Seek. Fictional film. Joanna Coates.
2013 Keeping Up with the Joneses. Short film. Michael Pearce.
2010 Rite. Short film. Michael Pearce.
2009 Believe. Short film. Paul Wright.
2008 Chungking Dream. Short film. Jean-Louis Schuller, Sam Blair.

2021 BFE Cut Above Awards. Nomination Best Edited Single Drama for Rocks.
British Independent Film Awards. Nomination Best Editing for Rocks.


Guest Country United Kingdom

London teenager Shola chats, raps and dances around exuberantly with her school friends after class; they all call her "Rocks". But things are not so easy at home. One day, her depressive single mother disappears once again and she has to look after her little brother Emmanuel on her own. More and more desperately, she tries to suppress this bitter reality and to maintain a façade to the outside world, to her friends and neighbours and to every curious eye. But this time her mother does not come back. Days go by, the money runs out, the electricity is cut off and the children's social workers ring the doorbell. Rocks has to make a difficult decision and runs away with her little brother from the social housing unit...

UK 2019. Editor: Maya Maffioli. Director: Sarah Gavron. Writers: Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson. Director of Photography: Hélène Louvart. Composer: Emilie Levienaise-Farrouch. Sound: Yves-Marie Omnes, Michael Maroussas, Gunnar Óskarsson, Paul Cotterell, Max Walsh. Production: Fable Pictures, British Film Institute (BFI), Film 4. Cast: Bukky Bakray, Kosar Ali, D'angelou Osei Kissiedu, Shaneigha-Monik Greyson, Ruby Stokes a. o. Distributer: Altitude Film Entertainment.
93 minutes. Cinema release: 18.9.2020 (UK)

Hoping Chen

Guest Country United Kingdom

Hoping Chen is a film editor and writer. She began her career in film as a writer; co-writing celebrated Taiwanese director Edward Yang's unfilmed script "Xiang Qi Le Ni" (Reminds Me of You). She later created several award winning documentaries for TV stations in Taiwan; and produced/co-wrote several drama series for DaAi TV, which won many Taiwanese Golden Bell Awards in 2008 and 2009.
After moving to the UK in 2008, she started a career in film editing. Collaborating with emerging directors, many of her editing projects were selected for festivals and won awards - among them Andrew Steggall's first short film "To the Marriage of True Minds"; Tatiana Korol's "Hello, My Name Is Olga" and Karen Winther's documentary "The Betrayal". In 2012, she edited Singaporean director Anthony Chen's first feature "Ilo Ilo”. The film won the Camera d'Or at the 66th Cannes Film Festival, First Feature “Sutherland Award" at the 57th BFI London Film Festival and Best Feature at the 50th Golden Horse Film Festival in Taiwan.
Her recent credits include Ilya Khrzhanovsky’s two films "Three Days" and "Nora, Mother”, Anthony Chen’s second feature “Wet Season” and the short "Break Away" in the anthology film “The year of the Everlasting Storm”.
She has just finished editing Claire McCarthy’s film “The Colour Room”, a story based on the life of 1920s ceramic artist Clarice Cliff.

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