bio

nick_hector_2Editor, Story Editor, Consultant, and Educator

Nick Hector is a HotDocs and multi-Gemini, DGC and CCE Award winning Canadian film editor and Genie Award nominated producer.  He has cut more than two dozen feature docs and 100 TV docs since 1986, many of which have garnered awards at international festivals.  An inaugural member of the Canadian Cinema Editors honours society, Hector’s work has been screened at TIFF, Sundance, The Museum of Modern Art, Berlin, The Smithsonian, RIDM, Silverdocs, Sheffield, Tehran, Tel Aviv, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Prague, Leipzig, Singapore, Phoenix, Montreal, Sydney, Palm Springs, HotDocs and many more.

In 1986, Nick began his career as the youngest editor in the 40-season history of CBC’s current affairs flagship program The Fifth Estate.  He went on to cut CBC’s The Journal, The Nature of Things, Gzowski & Co, Contact, and The National, PBS’s Frontline, Wide Angle, and Nova, CTV’s W5, ABC’s Nightline and BBC’s Life.

Nick soon focused on long form non-fiction serving concurrently as editor and sound editor and the first of his ten Gemini nominations came with his sound work on TVO’s 1989 Electronic Jam. In 1996, he won the HotDocs Best Editing Award for Yvan Patry’s Hand of God and a Gemini in 1998 for his work on Patry’s HotDocs Best of Festival and Chalmers Award winner Chronique d’un genocide announcé

In the late 90s, Nick became legendary filmmaker Allan King exclusive editor, cutting all of King’s late career cinéma verité output. He won a Gemini for editing King’s Top Ten Canadian Film and Gemini Award winning Dying at Grace which TIFF described as “one of the best films ever made in this country”.  Grace and Memory (another collaboration with King) have been added to the prestigious Criterion Collection. 

In 2009, Nick won a Gemini for Sturla Gunnarsson’s Air India 182, making him the Academy’s only recipient of three Gemini Awards for documentary editing. He cut Gunnarsson’s Force of Nature in 2010 which won the People’s Choice Award at TIFF, the CCE Award for Best Doc Editing and the DGC Award for Excellence in Documentary. Nick won his second CCE award in 2012 for Sun-Kyung Yi’s Echoes. In 2015, Hector completed his tenth TIFF presentation, Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein’s adaptation of the bestselling This Changes Everything.  Most recently, Nick edited Matt Gallagher’s How to Prepare for Prison, Hector’s 15th film at HotDocs.

Some of Nick’s other numerous credits include Gallagher’s Cinematheque Ontario selection The Rise and Fall of the Grumpy Burger, John Haslett Cuff’s Gemini Award winning Crimes of the Heart, David York’s Genie nominated Wiebo’s War, Tim Southam’s Genie nominated Drowning in Dreams, Min Sook Lee’s HotDocs Best Canadian Feature Hogtown and Sturla Gunnarsson’s TIFF Canadian Top Ten Audience Award winner Monsoon.

Nick served as a co-producer for the documentaries Wiebo’s War, Thay, War Surgeon, Actuality and El Chogui. He was series producer of Birth Stories and Love is Not Enough, and co-director and story editor of the CSA Award winning series War Story.

Nick began his career as an educator in the early 90s, serving as a trainer for CBC’s The Fifth Estate and CTV’s W5 as their editors and support staff transitioned from film to digital technology. He spent most of 1992 volunteering as an educator in Africa, teaching editing for ERI-TV in the newly independent country of Eritrea.

Since that time he has mentored over 60 interns and assistants and lectured extensively including:

The Toronto International Film Festival, Cinematheque Ontario, Directors Guild of Canada, DOC Institute (Masterclass), York University (The Norman Jewison Lecture), Canadian Cinema Editors, University of Toronto, Ryerson University, AVID, Sheridan College, Centennial College, and The Chang School of Continuing Education. 

Currently, Nick serves on the CCE Board of Directors as their education advisor and teaches editing part-time at the Documentary Filmmaking Institute’s summer short course and one-year post-graduate certificate programs.

Nick is a member of the Directors Guild of Canada and the Canadian Cinema Editors honours society.  He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Media Education (with distinction) and is a citizen of both Canada and Britain.