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Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Student Film

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 student crew demonstrating exemplary sound editing for a student film in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Student Film. 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.

This category is open to all original student projects, both English and Foreign language.

The winning student sound editors of the Verna Fields Student Award shall be awarded the Ethel Crutcher Scholarship. The MPSE Board of Directors shall determine the amount of the scholarship. In the event of a tie, multiple scholarships shall be awarded.

On submission application, a faculty member certify that students did all sound editorial work. 

No professional sound editing is permitted. Nor can professional Foley Artists be used on submitted student projects.

The number of submissions will be limited to 1 submission per student.

The submitting student will be required to participate in a phone or video chat interview with the panel chair(s) to discuss the work regarding submission. An email, username to one video chat service, or phone number must be provided.  


Project must have been completed during the eligible calendar year.


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

  1. There shall be no less than three (3), nor more than five (5) nominees in this category.

  2. In the event there are unique circumstances the Board of Directors is given the power to add more nominees.
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