Tribeca Film Festival Adds Editing Category

With urging from ACE and MPEG, the Independent Spirit Awards also introduced an editing category this year.

The Tribeca Film Festival plans to recognize the role of the narrative film editor with a new category, beginning with its 13th event, April 16-27 in New York, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

This is the latest piece of good news for Hollywood editors who have been asking for recognition of film editing from film festivals and awards presentations that now recognize cinematography and/or production design.

That effort has included a petition that is a joint effort of the American Cinema Editors and the Motion Picture Editors Guild. The petition explains: "Given the essential role film editors play in the creative process of making a film, acknowledging them is long overdue."

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“Needless to say, we are absolutely thrilled,” said Oscar nominated editor Stephen Rivkin, who is vp of ACE and chair of the ACE and MPEG Committee for Creative Recognition, of the news. “For Tribeca Film Festival to add the narrative film editing category to this year's festival, is a credit to the board of TFF for acknowledging the significant creative contribution of the film editor in a feature film.”

The Independent Spirit Awards also introduced an editing category this year. Since the ACE and MPEG effort began, editing categories have also been added by events including The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, Chicago Film Critics Association, Boston Film Festival, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association, International Animated Film Society’s Annie Awards and the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror’s Saturn Awards.

Said Rivkin: “With the recent additions of the editing category at other film festivals and critics organizations, we are hoping that Sundance Film Festival and the other remaining holdouts will soon recognize film editing as well.”

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