Cinematic Sound Editors Call for Nominations for Verna Fields Student Award


Cinematographic sound editors (MPSE) is now accepting nominations for its Verna Fields Student Award, which recognizes the outstanding work of sound editor students. The prize, which will be awarded to the 69e The annual MPSE Golden Reel Awards, on March 13, 2022, is open to students worldwide, with the winner receiving a grant from MPSE’s Ethel Crutcher Scholarship Fund. Submissions must be received by October 31st. Further information and registration forms are available at:

“We invite student sound artists from around the world to send us their best work,” said MPSE President Mark A. Lanza. “Each year, the Verna Fields Student Award serves as a showcase for the incredible talent produced by film schools around the world. It’s also part of our commitment to encourage diversity and nurture the next generation of the industry.

The Verna Fields Student Award is the highest honor available to sound editor students. Registration is open to all original student projects (excluding advertisements, trailers and other promotional materials) for which the winner is selected by a jury of sound professionals. Past nominees have come from across the United States as well as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, India and other countries.

The winners not only receive a cash purse; they also gain international recognition for their work and the opportunity to network with top professionals in the entertainment industry. “MPSE is proud to connect with students in our trade,” said MPSE Vice President Steve Urban. “The jury chairs for our Verna Fields Student Award are for each supervising sound editor student who submits for review to discuss their projects. Student applicants have the opportunity to connect with each other, creating invaluable bonds that can last a career. “

Past award recipients have pursued productive careers in sound entertainment. Sound editor Liam Price, MPSE, won the award in 2001 for the work he produced as a student at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). He has since been credited on more than 70 feature film, television series and documentary projects. In 2017, he was part of a team awarded an MPSE prize for best sound editing – Sound effects and sound effects in a feature film for Hacksaw ridge. Zoltan Juhasz, who won the award in 2017 as a student at the National Film and Television School in London, has supervised the sound editor and / or sound designer of films that have screened at the Tribeca Film Festival, Edinburg International Film Festival, Manchester Film Festival, and elsewhere. “Film schools also benefit from the success of their students,” notes Urban. “Each of our applicants is supported by a multitude of educators and by programs that share prestige when they win.”

The Verna Fields Student Award is named in honor of legendary sound and image editor Verna Fields, who won an Academy Award in 1976 for her work on Jaws.

About MPSE
Founded in 1953, the Cinematic sound editors is a non-profit organization of professional sound and music editors working in the motion picture television and games industries. The organization’s mission is to provide a wealth of knowledge from award-winning professionals to a diverse group of individuals, youth and career professionals; mentor and educate the community on artistic merit and technical progress in sound and music publishing; providing scholarships for the continued advancement of cinematographic sound in education; and help improve the personal and professional life of the men and women who practice this unique profession.

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