Avrïl Jacobson is a Toronto-based editor, story editor and consultant. She has been cutting both Canadian and international films for 14 years. Her editing has a strong sense of storytelling and rhythm and her aesthetic has been described as mischievous. She works closely with directors to form a narrative spine, while leaving space for moments of reflection and stillness in fine cutting.
Feature film work includes The Prison in Twelve Landscapes, a contemplative portrait of the American carceral system, which won prizes at Hot Docs and DOXA and was selected as a New York Times Critics’ Pick; My Prairie Home, a documentary-musical in competition at Sundance 2014; Michael Shannon Michael Shannon John, a subversion of the true crime genre (Hot Docs 2016) and Jaddoland, an intimate story of diasporic longing set against the backdrop of small-town Texas.
In television, Avrïl’s work includes The Skin We're In, an exploration of Black Canadian history and present-day resilience (nominated for the Donald Brittain Award) and In the Making, a journey into the creative processes of Canada’s leading artists.
Avrïl has also had the privilege to work with celebrated visual artists to create installations and short films. Airborne, a video installation edited for Spring Hurlbut, was acquired by the National Gallery of Canada in 2008.
As a story editor and editing consultant, Avrïl uses a tailored process to help clients elevate form and find the best story possible. Consulting work includes the upcoming series Beauty Mark for Shopify.
Films and episodes that Avrïl has edited have been nominated for a total of ten Canadian Screen Awards. In 2011, she received a Gemini Award for Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film Production from York University.
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