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Oscar winner Arthur Schmidt to receive Beaufort film fest award

October 14, 2013


Oct. 14--A two-time Academy Award winner who worked on "Forrest Gump," among other movies, has won the Jean Ribaut Award for Excellence in Film Editing, which will be presented at the Eighth Annual Beaufort International Film Festival.

Arthur Schmidt will receive the award during the festival, which runs from Feb. 12 to 16.

Schmidt has 27 film credits between 1977 and 2005 and worked with director Robert Zemeckis on films such as "Back to the Future" and "Cast Away."

In 2009, Zemeckis presented the American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award to him.

Schmidt earned Oscars for Best Film Editing for "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" and for "Forrest Gump."

Other awards include "Eddies" from the American Cinema Editors for "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl," "Forrest Gump" and "The Jericho Mile." He was nominated for several major editing awards for "Coal Miner's Daughter," "Back to the Future," "Last of the Mohicans," and "Cast Away."

His last visit to Beaufort was for the filming of "Forrest Gump," which celebrates its 20th anniversary next year.

"I'm happy and honored to be the recipient of the Jean Ribaut Award for Film Editing," Schmidt said in a news release. "I look forward to attending the festival in February. I have many happy memories of beautiful Beaufort and look forward to revisiting your very special town."

The final deadline for film festival entries is Oct. 31. The categories are features, documentaries, short films, student films, animation, and screenplays. About 8,000 people attended the 2013 festival.


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