Renowned film and TV editor, Stephanie Filo, ACE, has once again left an indelible mark in the entertainment industry, clinching an Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming.
Stephanie Filo made history as the first editor to be nominated in a single year for three different shows (“A Black Lady Sketch Show,” “Dahmer: Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story,” “History of the World Part II”) and the first Black female editor to be nominated three times in a single year. She won the Emmy for picture editing for variety programming for HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” alongside fellow editors Malinda Zehner Guerra and Taylor Joy Mason.
Filo, a three-time Emmy, Peabody, and ACE Eddie Award-winning editor and activist, has been a beacon of change, not just in the editing room but also as a fervent advocate for social causes. Her commitment extends beyond the screen, where she stands as a co-founder of the impactful organization ‘End Ebola Now.’ This initiative was established in 2014 to disseminate accurate information and raise awareness about the Ebola Virus’s ramifications through community-driven artistic activism.
While her professional accomplishments are remarkable, Filo’s dedication to empowering Sierra Leonean girls is equally commendable. She actively contributes to the board of ‘Girls Empowerment Sierra Leone,’ a feminist-based organization focusing on uplifting girls aged 11-16.
Beyond her editing prowess showcased in television and film, Filo devotes substantial time to produce and edit documentaries and social action campaigns advocating for women and girls’ rights globally. Notable among her campaigns are collaborations with the United Nations, International Labour Organization, and the Obama White House Task Force’s ‘It’s On Us’ initiative, targeting campus sexual assault.
Filo’s groundbreaking work on the news documentary series “Mental State” earned her an Emmy nomination for the episode “Aging Out,” shedding light on youth aging out of the American foster care system. Her exceptional contribution to the “Separated” episode covering ICE deportations secured her an Emmy win, alongside Nzinga Blake, making them the first Sierra Leonean women to achieve this honor.
In 2021, Stephanie Filo and her team made history as the first all-Women of Color editing team to win the Emmy for Outstanding Picture Editing for Variety Programming for HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show.” The following year, she was part of the pioneering all-black editing team nominated for and winning both an Emmy and an ACE Eddie for the same show.
Making history once again in 2023, Filo became the first Picture Editor nominated for three different series in a single year at the Emmys. Additionally, she became the first Black editor to receive three nominations in one year, solidifying her status as a trailblazer in the editing realm.
Stephanie Filo’s groundbreaking achievements and unwavering commitment to amplifying marginalized voices serve as an inspiration, paving the way for a more inclusive and diverse entertainment industry.