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Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Short Form Animation

A properly completed entry form is required for all submissions. Incomplete submissions will result in the disqualification of that entry from the nominating process.


The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary sound editing for an animated short form project in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Short Form Animation. For this category sound editing is defined as the editing of the Sound Effects, Foley, Music, Dialogue and ADR, either English Language or Foreign Language. Judging for the award shall consider the quality of all of these disciplines for each eligible film.

The Board will decide which submissions qualify as animated on a case-by-case basis. Among the factors that may be considered are the following:

     Whether the film is traditional animation.

     Whether the sound editing follows the process of sound editing in traditional animation, including the pre-recording and editing of dialogue before picture is shot.

     In the cases of mixed media (live-action and animation),whether more than 50% of the frames in the film have animation.

     Whether the animation is intended to be perceived by the audiences as ‘realistic’ or not.

Short Form Animation is considered any Animated program, either episodic or single presentation, running less than 30 minutes in length, and is not being submitted in another category. This includes webisodes and short films, regardless of distribution method including pieces which have been released theatrically.

Only one (1) episode per series may be submitted per Supervising Sound Editor in a single awards year.


Short Form Animation submissions will be judged in the year of their initial airing or release in the United States.


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


For Short Form Animation, the number of awards to be given will be one editor per act (or reel) plus two, e.g. for a four (4) act show there may be as many as six (6) awards.


The nomination process shall follow the Broadcast Media Balloting Method.

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