ACE, MPEG Start Petition Aimed at Film Editor Recognition
Film editors have started a petition asking organizations such as the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Sundance Film Festival to add the category of editing to their awards.
The petition explains: “Given the essential role film editors play in the creative process of making a film, acknowledging them is long overdue.”
American Cinema Editors (ACE) board of directors has been reaching out to film festivals and awards presentations, domestic and international, which do not currently recognize editing. Now it has formed an alliance with the Motion Picture Editors Guild (MPEG), and the two groups are together contacting such organizations that already recognize cinematography and/or production design.
Those organizations include the Sundance Film Festival, Film Independent’s Spirit Awards, Berlin Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Byron Bay International Film Festival, New York Film Critics Circle, New York Film Critics On Line, LA Film Critics Association, Chicago Film Critics Association and the National Society of Film Critics.
“We are going to continue our campaign of letter writing and ongoing contact with these organizations -- and back it up with these [petition] signatures,” said Oscar-nominated editor Stephen Rivkin, a board member of ACE and MPEG, and chair of the committee for creative recognition.
Events that have recently added an editing category include the Boston Film Festival, The International Animated Film Society’s Annie Awards, and Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror’s Saturn Awards.
ACE and MPEG are asking all members of the community to sign and share the petition, which can be found at www.EditorsPetition.com.