Film or Video Editor

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A film or video editor prepares the final version of a film or a video, ready for broadcast. They work on projects for films, TV programmes, commercials, music or promotional videos and corporate videos for businesses.

The Work

You could be:


The figures below are only a guide. Actual salaries may vary, depending on:

The starting salary for film or video editors is usually around £18,000 to £22,000 a year but trainees will start at a lower rate. With experience this can rise to £45,000 a year, sometimes more.

The majority of film or video editors work on a freelance basis. Rates of pay depend largely upon the type and size of production. The Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematographic and Theatre Union (BECTU) recommend freelance rates on their website.


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Getting In

What Does it Take?

You must have:

You need:


Getting On

More Information

If you are aged 18 or over you may be interested in The Network. The Network is held each year alongside the TV Festival in Edinburgh. If selected you would attend for four free days of masterclasses and workshops which will provide you with the skills, knowledge and contacts to start a career in TV. You can usually apply from January to May.


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The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA)
Tel: 020 7734 0022
Twitter: @BAFTA

The BAFTA Scholarship Programme awards a small number of scholarships for postgraduate courses related to a career in film, TV or computer games.

National Film and Television School
Tel: 01494 671234
Twitter: @NFTSFilmTV

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