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MOTION PICTURE SOUND EDITORS 
GOLDEN REEL AWARDS RULES

Revised and Approved by the Board of Directors and the Active Membership of Motion Picture Sound Editors July 19, 2018

 

FEATURE

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Animation

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Documentary

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Foreign Language Feature

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Motion Picture – Music Score

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Motion Picture – Musical

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Motion Picture – Dialogue/ADR

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

 

BROADCAST MEDIA

(TELEVISION / CABLE / STREAMING / ON-LINE / NON-THEATRICAL)

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Live Action Under 30:00

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Short Form – Music

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Short Form – Dialogue/ADR

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Short Form – Effects/Foley

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Long Form – Music

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Long Form – Dialogue/ADR

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Long Form – Effects/Foley

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Single Presentation

(- Episodic Short Form is 30 - 75 minutes in length, Episodic Long Form is over 75 minutes)
(- Episodic is repeating episodes of 5 or more, less than 5 is Single Presentation)

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical Animation

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical Documentary

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical Feature

 

GAMING

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Computer Cinematic

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Computer Interactive Game Play

 

OTHER

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Animation Short Form

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Student Film

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Special Venue (includes Virtual Reality)

 

Individual Recognition

Motion Picture Sound Editors Career Achievement Award

Motion Picture Sound Editors Filmmaker of the Year Award

 

 

 

MPSE GOLDEN REEL AWARDS

Section 1. GOLDEN REEL AWARDS

The Motion Picture Sound Editors shall annually present MPSE Golden Reel Awards for excellence in Sound Editing, including Dialogue Editing, ADR Editing, Sound Effects Editing, Sound Design, Music Editing and Foley Artistry.

Section 2. RULES FOR THE MPSE GOLDEN REEL AWARDS

The Rules of the MPSE Golden Reel Awards shall be determined by a majority vote of the Board of Directors and shall be ratified by the vote of the Active Members in good standing of the Motion Picture Sound Editors or by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors. Only after plurality approval of the Board of Directors and the Active Membership, or the unanimous vote of the Board of Directors, shall alterations of the Rules be in effect.

General Rules

The following rules shall apply to all categories, except for the Verna Fields Student Award:

 

  1. To be eligible for nomination in any category entry paperwork must be submitted, fully completed and received by the specified time and date.

  2. All entries shall be eligible only in the form in which they are initially released in the United States.

  3. There will always be a minimum of three (3) nominees in a category. If there are less than three (3) entries the entries shall be carried over to the following year, with one exception. If there are less than three (3) submissions in either Feature Motion Picture - Underscore and or Feature Motion Picture - Musical the categories will be combined into a single category, Feature Motion Picture - Music, which will follow the rules according to the Feature Motion Picture - Music Score category.

  4. In all categories the number of nominations shall correlate to the number of eligible submissions in each category in the following manner:

Number of Eligible Submissions

Number of Nominations

3-5

3

6-12

5

13-16

6

17-20

7

21+

8

These limitations do not affect how tie and Chair Recommendation rules are applied.

 

  1. In the event that a tie would push the number of nominees past eight (8), the tied films or entries will be nominated, and Chair Recommendations will not be considered.

  2. Advertisements, trailers, promos, or other commercial work in which the primary goal is to promote or raise awareness of a brand or product is not eligible and will not qualify for any award categories. This includes Computer Entertainment cut clips which are used solely for advertising / promotional purposes, which are also not eligible.

  3. Ballots shall always be counted by an independent arbitrator.

  4. The Sound Supervisor(s) shall be notified of their nomination by the Chairpersons. The Supervisor shall submit an entry form listing the qualifying crew with the correct spelling of each name.
     

 

  1. Chair Recommendations - Based upon screenings and review of submitted documentation provided with the awards submission, panel chairs will have the ability to recommend promoting qualified feature film submissions that they deem deserving of recognition to nomination.

    When a feature film category has less than eight (8) nominations based on General Rule #4, the chairs may recommend as many qualified submissions available to bring the total number of nominations to eight (8).

    In categories where eight (8) nominees are determined based on General Rule #4, the panel chairs have the option to recommend a ninth nominee that they deem deserving of recognition.

    The Board of Directors will consider each recommendation of the chairs and vote to promote each recommended submission to nomination. A majority vote from the Board of Directors will be necessary to promote the recommendation to the field of nominees.

    If any Board member or officer has a working contribution to any Chair Recommendation, he or she must identify that fact and excuse themselves from the vote. The vote must then be tabulated by secret ballot.

    For a feature film to be considered for Chair Recommendation, the feature film must have completed an awards entry submission.

    Chair Recommendations are not required during the nomination process, but allowed.

  2. The MPSE reserves the right to disqualify any nomination or award determined to be ineligible within one year of the Golden Reel Awards presentation. In the event that an award is revoked, the remaining eligible nominee with the highest number of votes will receive the award.

  3. A maximum of eight (8) trophies can be awarded at the Golden Reel Awards ceremony. For winning crews that exceed eight (8) editors, additional trophies may be purchased.

  4. Should the submitter wish to contest qualifying crew size, s/he may submit a request to the MPSE office for exception to be considered by the Board.

  5. A single entry cannot be submitted for consideration of the same discipline in multiple categories. I.e. a Foreign Language Feature Documentary may be submitted in Foreign Language Feature or Feature Documentary, but not both categories as both categories consider the same disciplines of sound editorial.

  6. Submissions of different episodes from the same series are only allowed if submitted by different crews under a different supervisor. This rule effects all Broadcast Media categories, including Live Action Under 35:00, all Episodic Short Form, and all Episodic Long Form categories. In the event that different episodes from the same series qualify in different categories, the submissions will only be eligible for consideration if the work adheres to this rule.

 

FEATURE MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature 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 and will not be considered for Chair Recommendation.

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary sound editing for animated feature films in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Animation. For this category sound editing is defined as the editing of the Sound Effects, Foley, 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 films 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.

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

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 final sound editing crew, not just the temp mix or mix changes.

NOMINATION PROCESS
  1. The nomination ballot for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing in an Animated Feature Film will be sent to the Active MPSE Members along with the list of all of the qualifying films for the year.

  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.

 

FEATURE MOTION PICTURE

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 Chair Recommendations.

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 appropriate Feature Motion Picture Music categories (Underscore 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 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.

 

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

 

FEATURE MOTION PICTURE

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.

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

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).

PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

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.

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.

NOMINATING PROCESS
  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.

 

FEATURE MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Motion Picture – Music Underscore

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.

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary music editing in a Live-Action or Animated feature film, English Language or Foreign Language, in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Motion Picture -  Underscore. Music editing for this category refers specifically to working with newly composed original instrumental music as score and/or previously recorded music as source and/or score

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 Music Editors, Music Editors and Scoring Editors.

CREW SIZE -

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

NOMINATING PROCESS
  1. Music entry forms are available for music editors to submit their film for consideration. The completed forms will be returned to the Music Selection Committee.

  2. Any film that does not submit a complete application for submission, including an explanation of the music editors’ work, will not be considered for nomination.

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

  4. 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.

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

  6. If there are less than three (3) submissions in a single year in either category; Feature Motion Picture - Music Score or Feature Motion Picture - Musical, they will be combined into a single category, Feature Motion Picture - Music.

 

FEATURE MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Motion Picture – Musical

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.

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary music editing for Live-Action or Animated feature films, English Language or Foreign Language in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Motion Picture - Musical. A musical consists of not fewer than five songs (as defined below) either used as voiceovers and/or visually performed. Qualified submission can also be instrumental songs as sync-source. Each of these songs must be substantively rendered, clearly audible, and intelligible, and must further the storyline of the motion picture.

A ‘song’ as defined for the MPSE’s purpose is a song with vocals that plays as visual sync-source or plays as song-score, or an instrumental song as sync-source.

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 Music Editors and Music Editors.

CREW SIZE -

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

NOMINATING PROCESS -
  1. Music entry forms are available for music editors to submit their film for consideration. The completed forms will be returned to the Music Selection Committee.

  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. Any film that does not submit a complete application for submission, including an explanation of the music editors’ work, will not be considered for Chair Recommendations.

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

  6. If there are less than three (3) submissions in a single year in either category; Feature Motion Picture - Underscore or Feature Motion Picture - Musical, they will be combined into a single category, Feature Motion Picture - Music.

 

FEATURE MOTION PICTURE

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Feature Motion Picture – Dialogue/ADR

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.

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

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

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, Supervising Dialogue Editors, Supervising ADR Editors, Dialogue, and ADR Editors.

CREW SIZE -

Crew size for this category will be limited to the number of reels 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.

NOMINATING PROCESS -
  1. The nominating ballot for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing in a Feature Film, Dialogue & ADR 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, including an explanation of the Dialogue and ADR editors’ work, will not be considered for Chair Recommendations.

 

FEATURE MOTION PICTURE

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.

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

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.

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, Sound Effects Editors, Foley Editors, Foley Artists and Sound Editors.

CREW SIZE -

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.

NOMINATING PROCESS -
  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.

 

BLUE RIBBON PANEL VOTING PROCEDURES FOR FEATURE FILMS

  1. There shall be at least two Chairpersons for each panel.

  2. All panel Chairpersons shall be members of the Board of the MPSE

  3. Chairpersons are responsible for all of the balloting and contacting of the supervisors of their nominations.

  4. There will be a minimum of fifteen panelists in these four categories:
  5.       Sound Effects and Foley Editing in a Feature Film

          Dialogue/ADR Editing in a Feature Film

          Sound Editing in an Animated Film

          Sound Editing in a Foreign Language Feature Film

          All other categories shall have a minimum of ten panelists.

     

  6. Conflict of Interest - If a panel member has worked on a submission he/she will be removed from the panel in question.

  7. Qualifying judges for the blue ribbon panel - Chairpersons shall first attempt to fill the Blue Ribbon Panel with ACTIVE MPSE members and retirees. Upon having any vacancies on their panel, the balance of the panel shall be filled with qualified sound editors, music editors, sound designers, Foley Artists, Field Recordists and sound mixers. If there are still vacancies, the Chair may approve, on a case-by-case basis, other qualified professionals who work in post-production.

  8. All panel members must see at least 80 percent of the nominated pictures. If a panelist misses any screening the panel member cannot vote on the features missed and his or her vote is at the discretion of the chairpersons.

  9. All panelists shall attend screenings supplied by the MPSE or attend Academy screenings to make sure all nominated features are viewed in the same arena.

  10. It is strongly suggested screenings should be fresh, not months prior to voting.

  11. All paperwork submitted will be considered by the panel.

  12. Ballots shall use ranked (preferential) balloting, in which voters shall rank nominees in a hierarchy on the ordinal scale (e.g., if there are eight (8) nominees, each nominee shall be ranked 1 - 8, with one (1) being the top choice). Ballots shall be tabulated by assigning a point value to each place in the hierarchy and obtaining a total.

  13. All the scores for each project will be averaged to determine the winners.

  14. If paper ballots are used all ballots shall have the voter’s name signed and printed on the back of the returning envelope or the vote will not be counted.

 

BROADCAST MEDIA

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Live-Action Under 35:00

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

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary sound editing for a live-action project under thirty-five (35) minutes in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Live-Action Under 35:00. For this category, sound editing is defined as the editing of Sound Effects, Foley, Music, Dialogue and ADR. Judging for the award shall consider the quality of all these disciplines for each eligible submission.

Programming released via television broadcast, cable broadcast, streaming, VOD, or other on- line or non-theatrical means will be considered Broadcast Media.

Any live-action program, either episodic or single presentation, running less than 35 minutes can be submitted for consideration in this category. This includes webisodes & short films.

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

RUNNING TIME REQUIREMENT - < 35:00
PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

Broadcast Media submissions will be judged in the year of their initial airing or release in the United States.

SCREENING REQUIREMENTS -

For nomination consideration, the Blue Ribbon Panel will consider the sound editorial work presented from one (1) to two (2) sections indicated by the submitter in their submission paperwork. These sections should not exceed ten minutes (10:00) of running time when combined.

For award consideration, the Blue Ribbon Panel will consider the sound editorial work from the program in its entirety.

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, Sound Editors, Supervising Music Editors and Music Editors.

CREW SIZE -

For Broadcast Media Live - Action Under 35:00 sound editing, the number of awards to be given will be one editor per act (or reel) plus two, e.g. for a four act show there may be as many as six (6) awards.

NOMINATION PROCESS -

The nomination process shall follow the Broadcast Media Balloting Method.

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Short Form – Music

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

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary music editing for an episodic short form project in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Short Form - Music. This category encompasses both music score and musical editing. Judging for the award shall consider the quality of these disciplines for each eligible submission.

Programming released via television broadcast, cable broadcast, streaming, VOD, or other online or non-theatrical means will be considered Broadcast Media.

Episodic Short Form is considered as any program that has five (5) or more episodes which broadcast recurrently.

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

RUNNING TIME REQUIREMENT - 35:01 - 49:59
SCREENING REQUIREMENTS -

For nomination consideration, the Blue Ribbon Panel will consider the sound editorial work presented from one (1) to two (2) sections indicated by the submitter in their submission paperwork. These sections should not exceed fifteen (15) minutes when combined.

For awards consideration, the Blue Ribbon Panel will consider the sound editorial work from the program in its entirety.

PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

Broadcast Media submissions will be judged in the year of their initial airing or release in the United States.

TROPHIES AWARDED -

MPSE Golden Reel Statue Trophies shall be presented to the following positions on the winning production: Supervising Music Editors, Music Editors and Scoring 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 -

Any entry in the Music categories that does not submit a complete application for submission, including an explanation of the music editors' work, will not be considered for nomination.

The nomination process shall follow the Broadcast Media Balloting Method.

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Short Form – Dialogue/ADR

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

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary dialogue and ADR editing for an episodic short form project in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement In Sound Editing - Episodic Short Form - Dialogue/ADR. Judging for the award shall consider the quality of these disciplines for each eligible submission.

Programming released via television broadcast, cable broadcast, streaming, VOD, or other on- line or non-theatrical means will be considered Broadcast Media.

Episodic Short Form is considered as any program that has five (5) or more episodes which broadcast recurrently. Only one (1) episode per series may be submitted per Supervising Sound Editor in a single awards year.

RUNNING TIME REQUIREMENT - 35:01 - 49:59
SCREENING REQUIREMENTS -

For nomination consideration, the Blue Ribbon Panel will consider the sound editorial work presented from one (1) to two (2) sections indicated by the submitter in their submission paperwork. These sections should not exceed fifteen (15) minutes when combined.

For awards consideration, the Blue Ribbon Panel will consider the sound editorial work from the program in its entirety.

PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

Broadcast Media submissions will be judged in the year of their initial airing or release in the United States.

TROPHIES AWARDED -

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

CREW SIZE -

For this category, the number of awards to be given will be one editor per act (or reel) plus two, e.g. for a six (6) act show there may be as many as eight (8) awards.

NOMINATION PROCESS -

Any entry in the Dialogue/ADR categories that does not submit a complete application for submission, including an explanation of the dialogue and ADR editors' work, will not be considered for nomination.


The nomination process shall follow the Broadcast Media Balloting Method.

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Short Form – 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.

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary sound effects and Foley editing for an episodic short form project in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement In Sound Editing - Episodic Short Form - Effects/Foley. Judging for the award shall consider the quality of these disciplines for each eligible submission.

Programming released via television broadcast, cable broadcast, streaming, VOD, or other on- line or non-theatrical means will be considered Broadcast Media.

Episodic Short Form is considered as any program that has five (5) or more episodes which broadcast recurrently.

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

RUNNING TIME REQUIREMENT - 35:01 - 49:59
SCREENING REQUIREMENTS -

For nomination consideration, the Blue Ribbon Panel will consider the sound editorial work presented from one (1) to two (2) sections indicated by the submitter in their submission paperwork. These sections should not exceed fifteen (15) minutes when combined.

For awards consideration, the Blue Ribbon Panel will consider the sound editorial work from the program in its entirety.

PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

Broadcast Media submissions will be judged in the year of their initial airing or release in the United States.

TROPHIES AWARDED -

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, the number of awards to be given will be one editor per act (or reel) plus two, e.g. for a six (6) act show there may be as many as eight (8) awards.

NOMINATION PROCESS -

Any entry in the Sound Effects and Foley categories that does not submit a complete application for submission will not be considered for nomination.

The nomination process shall follow the Broadcast Media Balloting Method.

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Long Form – Music

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

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary music editing for an episodic long form project in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Long Form - Music. This category encompasses both music score and musical editing. Judging for the award shall consider the quality of these disciplines for each eligible submission.

Programming released via television broadcast, cable broadcast, streaming, VOD, or other online or non-theatrical means will be considered Broadcast Media.

Episodic Long Form is considered any program that has five (5) or more episodes which broadcast recurrently. This includes Made-For-Television Movies, Mini-Series, and Specials.

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

RUNNING TIME REQUIREMENT - 50:00+
SCREENING REQUIREMENTS -

For nomination consideration, the Blue Ribbon Panel will consider the sound editorial work presented from one (1) to two (2) sections indicated by the submitter in their submission paperwork. These sections should not exceed twenty-five (25) minutes when combined.

For awards consideration, the Blue Ribbon Panel will consider the sound editorial work from the program in its entirety.

PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

Broadcast Media submissions will be judged in the year of their initial airing or release in the United States.

TROPHIES AWARDED -

MPSE Golden Reel Statue Trophies shall be presented to the following positions on the winning production: Supervising Music Editors, Music Editors and Scoring 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 -

Any entry in the Music categories that does not submit a complete application for submission, including an explanation of the music editors' work, will not be considered for nomination.

The nomination process shall follow the Broadcast Media Balloting Method.

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Long Form – Dialogue/ADR

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

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary dialogue and ADR editing for an episodic long form project in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Long Form - Dialogue/ADR. Judging for the award shall consider the quality of these disciplines for each eligible submission.

Programming released via television broadcast, cable broadcast, streaming, VOD, or other online or non-theatrical means will be considered Broadcast Media.

Episodic Long Form is considered any program that has five (5) or more episodes which broadcast recurrently. This includes Made-For-Television Movies, Mini-Series, and Specials.

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

RUNNING TIME REQUIREMENT - 50:00+
SCREENING REQUIREMENTS -

For nomination consideration, the Blue Ribbon Panel will consider the sound editorial work presented from one (1) to two (2) sections indicated by the submitter in their submission paperwork. These sections should not exceed twenty-five (25) minutes when combined.

For awards consideration, the Blue Ribbon Panel will consider the sound editorial work from the program in its entirety.

PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

Broadcast Media submissions will be judged in the year of their initial airing or release in the United States.

TROPHIES AWARDED -

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

CREW SIZE -

For this category, the number of awards to be given will be one editor per act (or reel) plus two, e.g. for a six (6) act show there may be as many as eight (8) awards.

NOMINATION PROCESS -

Any entry in the Dialogue/ADR categories that does not submit a complete application for submission, including an explanation of the Dialogue and ADR editors' work, will not be considered for nomination.

The nomination process shall follow the Broadcast Media Balloting Method described on the final page of this document.

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Long Form – 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.

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary sound effects and Foley editing for an episodic long form project in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Episodic Long Form - Effects/Foley. Judging for the award shall consider the quality of these disciplines for each eligible submission.

Programming released via television broadcast, cable broadcast, streaming, VOD, or other on- line or non-theatrical means will be considered Broadcast Media.

Episodic Long Form is considered any program that has five (5) or more episodes which broadcast recurrently. This includes Made-For-Television Movies, Mini-Series, and Specials.

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

RUNNING TIME REQUIREMENT - 50:00+
SCREENING REQUIREMENTS -

For nomination consideration, the Blue Ribbon Panel will consider the sound editorial work presented from one (1) to two (2) sections indicated by the submitter in their submission paperwork. These sections should not exceed twenty-five (25) minutes when combined.

For awards consideration, the Blue Ribbon Panel will consider the sound editorial work from the program in its entirety.

PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

Broadcast Media submissions will be judged in the year of their initial airing or release in the United States.

TROPHIES AWARDED -

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, the number of awards to be given will be one editor per act (or reel) plus two, e.g. for a six (6) act show there may be as many as eight (8) awards.

NOMINATION PROCESS -

Any entry in the Sound Effects and Foley categories that does not submit a complete application for submission will not be considered for nomination.

The nomination process shall follow the Broadcast Media Balloting Method.

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Single Presentation

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

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

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

Programming released via television broadcast, cable broadcast, streaming, VOD, or other online or non-theatrical means will be considered Broadcast Media.

Single Presentation is considered any program that has four (4) or fewer episodes. The program running time must be longer than thirty (30) minutes in length. This includes Made-for-Television Movies, Mini-Series and Specials.

Only one night or “Part” of a Single Presentation may be submitted.

RUNNING TIME REQUIREMENT - 30:00+
SCREENING REQUIREMENTS -

For nomination consideration, the Blue Ribbon Panel will consider the sound editorial work presented from one (1) to two (2) sections indicated by the submitter in their submission paperwork. These sections should not exceed fifteen (15) minutes when combined.

For awards consideration, the Blue Ribbon Panel will consider the sound editorial work from the program in its entirety.

PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

Broadcast Media submissions will be judged in the year of their initial airing or release in the United States.

TROPHIES AWARDED -

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

Any entry that does not submit a complete application for submission, including an explanation of the music editors' work and the Dialogue and ADR editors’ work, will not be considered for nomination.

The nomination process shall follow the Broadcast Media Balloting Method.

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical Animation Long Form

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

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary sound editing for a non-theatrical animated long form project in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Non-Theatrical Animation Long Form. 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.

Programming released via television broadcast, cable broadcast, streaming, VOD, or other online or non-theatrical means will be considered Broadcast Media.

Non-Theatrical Animation is considered any Animated program, either episodic or single presentation, running thirty (30) minutes or more in length, which has not been released theatrically, and is not being submitted in an "Episodic" or "Single Presentation" category.

RUNNING TIME REQUIREMENT - 30:00+
PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

Broadcast Media submissions will be judged in the year of their initial airing or release in the United States.

Non-Theatrical submissions must have been released commercially during the calendar year of consideration. In the case of simultaneous, or “day-and-date” releases, films must have been simultaneously released theatrically for no more than 7 days and in a broadcast or streaming format on the same date.  

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, Sound Editors, Supervising Music Editors, Music Editors, and Scoring Editors.

CREW SIZE -

For this category, the number of awards to be given will be one editor per act (or reel) plus two, e.g. for a six (6) act show there may be as many as eight (8) awards.

NOMINATION PROCESS -

The nomination process shall follow the Broadcast Media Balloting Method.

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical 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.

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

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

Programming released via television broadcast, cable broadcast, streaming, VOD, or other online or non-theatrical means will be considered Broadcast Media.

Non-Theatrical Documentary is considered any Documentary program, either episodic or single presentation, running 30 minutes or more in length, which has not been released theatrically, and is not being submitted in an episodic or single presentation category.

RUNNING TIME REQUIREMENT - 30:00+
PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

Broadcast Media submissions will be judged in the year of their initial airing or release in the United States.

Non-Theatrical submissions must have been released commercially during the calendar year of consideration. In the case of simultaneous, or “day-and-date” releases, films must have been simultaneously released theatrically for no more than 7 days and in a broadcast or streaming format on the same date.  

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, Sound Editors, Supervising Music Editors, Music Editors and Scoring Editors.

CREW SIZE -

For this category, the number of awards to be given will be one editor per act (or reel) plus two, e.g. for a six (6) act show there may be as many as eight (8) awards.

NOMINATION PROCESS -

The nomination process shall follow the Broadcast Media Balloting Method.

 

 

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical 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.

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

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

Programming released via television broadcast, cable broadcast, streaming, VOD, or other online or non-theatrical means will be considered Broadcast Media.

Non-Theatrical Feature Film is considered any Feature Film program, running 30 minutes or more in length, that has not been released theatrically and is not being submitted in a single presentation category. A Non-Theatrical Feature Film program is defined as where the post-production process has been prepared in a manner of a theatrical release, but has been released in the United States non-theatrically.

RUNNING TIME REQUIREMENT - 30:00+
PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

Broadcast Media submissions will be judged in the year of their initial airing or release in the United States.

Non-Theatrical submissions must have been released commercially during the calendar year of consideration. In the case of simultaneous, or “day-and-date” releases, films must have been simultaneously released theatrically for no more than 7 days and in a broadcast or streaming format on the same date.

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, Sound Editors, Supervising Music Editors, Music Editors and Scoring Editors.

CREW SIZE -

For this category, the number of awards to be given will be one editor per act (or reel) plus two, e.g. for a six (6) act show there may be as many as eight (8) awards.

NOMINATION PROCESS -

The nomination process shall follow the Broadcast Media Balloting Method.

 

 

GAMING

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Computer Cinematic

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

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary sound editing for a computer cinematic in a single category, designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Computer Cinematic. For this category sound editing is defined as the editing of Sound Effects, Foley, Music, Dialogue and ADR. Judging for the award shall consider the quality of all of these disciplines for each eligible entry.

For a project to be classified as a Computer Cinematic an entry’s initial distribution must have been by computer, online or game console delivery and associated directly with a video game released in the eligible calendar year. This category can include non-interactive and/or interactive scenes if the purpose of the scene is to serve the game narrative. The Board of Directors shall make determinations on a case-by-case basis of an entry’s qualification for consideration in this category.

In all other respects the MPSE Golden Reel Broadcast Media rules apply to this category.

PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

Gaming submissions will be judged in the year of their initial release in the United States.

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, Supervising Music Editors, Sound Effects Editors, Foley Editors, Foley Artists, Sound Editors, Dialogue Editors, ADR Editors, Music Editors and Scoring Editors.

CREW SIZE

Crew size for this category will be limited to eight (8) 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.

NOMINATION PROCESS -

The nomination process shall follow the Broadcast Media Balloting Method.

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Computer Interactive Game Play

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

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary sound editing for interactive game play in a single category, designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Computer Interactive Game Play. For this category sound editing is defined as the editing of Sound Effects, Foley, Music, Dialogue and ADR. Judging for the award shall consider the quality of all of these disciplines for each eligible entry.

For a project to be classified as Computer Interactive Game Play an entry’s initial distribution must have been by computer, online or game console delivery and associated directly with a video game released in the eligible calendar year. The board of directors shall make determinations on a case-by-case basis of an entry’s qualification for consideration in this category.

Interactive Virtual Reality Game Play will be considered in this category.

In all other respects the MPSE Golden Reel Broadcast Media rules apply to this category.

PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

Gaming submissions will be judged in the year of their initial release in the United States.

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, Supervising Music Editors, Sound Effects Editors, Foley Editors, Foley Artists, Sound Editors, Dialogue Editors, ADR Editors, Music Editors and Scoring Editors.

CREW SIZE -

Crew size for this category will be limited to eight (8) 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.

NOMINATION PROCESS -

The nomination process shall follow the Broadcast Media Balloting Method.

 

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.

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

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.

RUNNING TIME REQUIREMENT - < 29:59
PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

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

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, Sound Editors, Supervising Music Editors, Music Editors and Scoring Editors.

CREW SIZE -

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.

NOMINATION PROCESS

The nomination process shall follow the Broadcast Media Balloting Method.

 

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.

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

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.

PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

Project must have been completed during the eligible calendar year.

TROPHIES AWARDED -

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.

NOMINATION PROCESS
  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.

 

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Special Venue

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

AWARD CATEGORY DEFINITION AND QUALIFICATIONS -

The MPSE will confer a Golden Reel Award on the crew demonstrating exemplary sound editing for special venue films in a single category designated as Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing - Special Venue. 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.

For a film to be classified as a Special Venue film, its initial distribution must have been exclusively in a non-conventional theater. This category includes diverse formats, but is not limited to, the following examples: Linear Virtual Reality, IMAX, Omni-Max, Showscan, and projected theme park rides.


For special venue films sound editing is defined as the editing of sound effects, Foley, music, dialogue and ADR. The judging for the award shall consider the quality of all of these disciplines for each eligible film.

PERIOD OF ELIGIBILITY -

Gaming submissions will be judged in the year of their initial release in the United States.

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, Supervising Music Editors, Sound Effects Editors, Foley Editors, Foley Artists, Sound Editors, Dialogue Editors, ADR Editors, Music Editors and Scoring Editors.

CREW SIZE -

For Special Venue, the number of awards to be given will be one editor per act (or reel) plus two, e.g. for a six (6) act show there may be as many as eight (8) awards.

ADDITIONAL RULES -

The Supervising Sound Editor must arrange for all screenings related to this category. If screenings cannot be arranged for judging purposes, the submission will be disqualified. The Blue Ribbon Panel procedures shall follow those in the Broadcast Media categories.

NOMINATION PROCESS -

The nomination process shall follow the Broadcast Media Balloting Method.

 

BROADCAST MEDIA BALLOTING METHOD

The Board of Directors shall set deadlines for receipt of entries. These deadlines shall be printed on all entry forms and shall be absolute.

SCREENING COPIES

The preferred format of screening copies for Broadcast Media categories is streaming and/or digital upload.

Should the submission not be available via streaming or digital upload, the submitter must supply a minimum of ten (10) separate NTSC DVDs for each category a particular episode is entered for consideration. These screening copies must be received by the MPSE office by the submission deadline or the submission will not be considered for nomination.

If Blu-Ray is preferred by the submitter, the minimum number of copies accepted is fifteen (15).

SCREENING TIMES

The Supervising Sound Editor must provide the time or times to be viewed along with a description of each section to be viewed for nomination consideration. Exclusion of these screening times and descriptions will result in the disqualification of the submission.

BLUE RIBBON PANEL VOTING PROCEDURES
  1. For nomination balloting there will be a minimum of five (5) panel members per category.

  2. For final balloting there will be a minimum of ten (10) panel members per category.

  3. For nomination balloting, panel members will watch the indicated screening times. For final balloting, panel members will watch the entire episode or show.

  4. Broadcast Media entries that receive the top eight (8) votes of the Blue Ribbon Panel will automatically be nominated.

  5. The same structure will apply to the Broadcast Media Blue Ribbon panels as in the feature film category for final balloting.

 

Individual Recognition

MPSE Career Achievement Award

The Board of Directors may, but shall not be required to, award the MPSE Career Achievement Award to qualified members of the sound community.

MPSE Filmmaker’s Award

The Board of Directors may, but shall not be required to, award the MPSE Filmmaker Award to qualified members of the Filmmaking community.