Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Foreign Language Feature

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.


Feature Submissions are not required to send in picture to be considered for nomination.  It is suggested that you send in DVDs (Standard or Blu Ray) if the film has a limited release or is a foreign film that may have not been seen by a large portion of the voting membership.  *Commercial DVDs are acceptable. *Digital options are acceptable such as film links.

The MPSE office does its best to work with all of the distributors and marketing offices to ensure that picture can be acquired for the judges and for the award's show purposes if a film is nominated.


The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary sound editing for foreign language feature films in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Foreign Language Feature. 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.

For a film to be classified as a foreign language feature film, it must be a live action or documentary motion picture for which the major portion, at least sixty percent (60%) of the dialogue, is not in English.

For those films in which multiple languages are used, the Foreign language Film Committee and the Board of Directors shall make determinations on a case-by-case basis of the location of the major portion of the sound editing and thereby the classification of the film as “Foreign language” or “English language” taking into account, but not limited to, such factors as supervision, creative input, amount of editing hours, etc.

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


Foreign language feature films must have been released commercially in the United States during the calendar year of consideration. 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, Supervising Dialogue Editors, Supervising ADR Editors, Dialogue Editors, ADR Editors, Sound Effects Editors, Foley Editors, Foley Artists and Sound Editors.


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

  1. Annually, each member of the MPSE is sent a ballot, asking for nominations of foreign language films.
  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.