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Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Motion Picture - Effects/Foley

A properly completed entry form is required for all submissions. Incomplete submissions will result in the disqualification of that entry from the nominating process and will not be considered for Chair Recommendations.


The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary sound effects and Foley editing for feature films in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Motion Picture - Effects/Foley. Judging for the award shall consider the quality of these disciplines for each eligible film.


Feature films must have been released commercially during the calendar year of consideration and must have run for at least one week in a public theater in the United States. Festivals and private screenings neither qualify nor prevent qualification.


MPSE Golden Reel Statue Trophies shall be presented to the following positions on the winning production: Supervising Sound Editors, Sound Designers, Sound Effects Editors, Foley Editors, Foley Artists and Sound Editors.


Crew size for this category will be limited to one (1) editor per reel plus two (2). For example, a five (5) reel feature would be limited to seven (7) awards. The nominated editors must be part of the primary sound editing crew, not just the temp mix or mix changes.

If the Supervising Sound Editor feels that more editors should qualify, the supervisor must specifically appeal to the Board at the time of nomination. The board will then make a determination on the crew size.

If an editor worked in both categories, Dialogue/ADR, as well as Sound Effects/Foley, the Supervising Sound Editor may place that editor(s) into both award categories.

  1. The nominating ballot for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing in a Feature Film, Sound Effects and Foley will be sent to the Active MPSE Members. A list of qualifying films for the year shall also be made available to the Active MPSE Members.

  2. The Active MPSE membership will determine, by ballot, the number of nominations congruent with the number of submissions as shown in General Rule #4.

  3. Panel chairs will have the ability to recommend promoting qualified submissions to nomination based upon screenings and review of documentation provided as Chair Recommendations as outlined in General Rule #9.

  4. Supervisors and their crews will not be eliminated due to more than one feature nomination.

  5. Any film that does not submit a complete application for submission will not be considered for Board Discretionary adds.
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