Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Documentary

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 Board Discretion.

Award Category Definition and Qualifications -

The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary sound editing for documentary feature films in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Documentary. For this category, sound editing is defined as the editing of Sound effects, Foley, Dialogue and ADR. Judging for the award shall consider the quality of all of these disciplines for each eligible film.

Music Editing for Feature Animation needs to be submitted in the Feature Motion Picture Music categories (Score or Musical).

A Documentary Feature is defined as a theatrically released nonfiction motion picture with an informative, cultural, artistic, historical, social, scientific, biographical or other subject matter. Game Show, Reality and Reality - Competition subject matter are not eligible.

Running time requirement - 60:00+

Period of Eligibility -

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.

Trophies Awarded -

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 and Sound Editors.

Crew Size -

All nominated editors must be part of the primary sound editing crew, not just the temp mix or mix changes.

Nomination Process

  1. The nominating ballot for Best Sound Editing in a Documentary Feature Film will be sent to the Active MPSE Members along with the list of qualifying films for the year.
  2. The Active MPSE Members will determine, by ballot, no more than seven (7) nominations.
  3. Board Discretion - The Board has the ability to add zero (0) to one (1) of the submitted films to the final list based on the Board’s evaluation
  4. Supervisors and their crews will not be eliminated due to more than one feature nomination.
  5. In the event there are unique circumstances, the Board of Directors is given the power to add more than one feature. A special board meeting shall convene specifically for this purpose.