Masterclass / Lucy Walker: Secrets of documentary editing

21 October / Wednesday, 17:00, online at

Lucy Walker is an Emmy-winning British film director who has twice been nominated for an Academy Award and is renowned for creating riveting, character-driven nonfiction that delivers emotionally and narratively. The Hollywood Reporter has called her “the new Errol Morris” and Variety has praised her unique ability to connect with audiences.

Walker's films include feature documentaries The Crash Reel (2013), Waste Land (2010), Countdown to Zero (2010), Blindsight (2006), Devil’s Playground (2002) and short films, notably The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom (2011) and The Lion’s Mouth Opens (2014), as well as television, including twenty episodes of Nickelodeon Blue’s Clues. Her films have been shortlisted for five Oscars (nominated for two), nominated for seven Emmys (winning one), an Independent Spirit Award, a DGA Award, a Gotham Award, and have won over one hundred other film awards. For her advertising work she has been recognized with awards including three Cannes Lions, two Clios, two One Clios and two Association of Independent Commercial Producers awards.

Walker is also an acclaimed virtual reality director. Her first VR experience, A History of Cuban Dance (2016), premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival and showed at SXSW and the Toronto International Film Festival. She has directed branded VR experiences for AirBnB, Toms Shoes, Vaseline, Vice, and the Buena Vista Social Club.

Walker now lives in Venice, California and for fun in 2017, took over organizing and curating TEDxVeniceBeach and hosted a wildly successful inaugural event featuring talks by Diane von Furstenberg, Moby, and Agnes Varda, among others.

At ZagrebDox, Walker will hold a masterclass in which she will speak about how she approaches the process of documentary editing.

“I absolutely love the craft of storytelling. In the editing room for my documentaries, I am there the whole time. It’s such a fascinating and fun process, I’m not one of those directors that lets the lucky editor alone, on the contrary, I’m right there working alongside, trying to shape it and figure it all out.” – Lucy Walker

This event is organised in collaboration with Restart’s Masterclass Programme.


The Lucy Walker online masterclass that was supposed to take place at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 8 October, has been postponed due to unforeseen changes in the director’s shooting schedule on her new documentary.

All updates regarding the masterclass will be published on ZagrebDox’s official website. We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.