Lee McKarkiel has been working for over a decade in the independent, commercial and broadcast filmmaking industry, and the participatory media sector, as a professional editor, film facilitator and more recently film director. He started his career working with the award-winning participatory media company Hi-8us, working with young people to facilitate and create films. Lee spent 7 years working on various projects as editor, tutor and producer creating projects with young people. Later, he was assistant editor on the feature length drama film Almost Adult, directed by Bafta-nominated Yousaf Ali Khan. He has been editing short films and documentaries ever since.