Academy Award winner Arthur Schmidt to be honored at film festival

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Two-time Academy Award Winner Arthur Schmidt will be awarded the prestigious Jean Ribaut Award for Excellence in Film Editing at the 8th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival to be held February 12-16, 2014, in Beaufort. Mr. Schmidt is an American Film Editor with 27 film credits between 1977 and 2005. He has an extended collaboration with director Robert Zemeckis that ranged from “Back to the Future” (1985) to “Cast Away” (2000).

Mr. Schmidt is the son of the distinguished film editor Arthur P. Schmidt; it is said that the son’s education in editing began when he watched his father edit the film “Sunset Boulevard” (1950).

Arthur Schmidt
Arthur Schmidt

He earned Oscars for Best Film Editing for “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” (1988) and “Forrest Gump” (1994), In addition to the Academy Awards, Mr. Schmidt has won several “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 (including the BAFTA Award for Best Editing) for “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Back to the Future,” “Last of the Mohicans,” and “Cast Away.”

Mr. Schmidt received the 2009 American Cinema Editors Career Achievement Award, which was presented to him by Robert Zemeckis.

This will be Mr. Schmidt’s second visit to Beaufort with his first trip being while working on the film “Forrest Gump,” which was shot primarily in Beaufort.

“I’m happy and honored to be the recipient of the Jean Ribaut Award for Film Editing.  I look forward to attending the Festival in February. I have many happy memories of beautiful Beaufort and look forward to re-visiting your very special town,” stated Mr. Schmidt from his home in Santa Barbara, Ca.

For more information about the 8th Annual Beaufort International Film Festival, visit beaufortfilmfestival.com. The festival is produced by the Beaufort Film Society, a nonprofit, 501 (c)3, member-supported organization, dedicated to providing the highest levels of entertainment and education to the public from all areas of the film industry.