British Film Editors (BFE), formerly known as the Guild of British Film and Television Editors, has announced the inaugural BFE CUT ABOVE AWARDS 2021.

The awards ceremony will be held virtually on Friday 5th March 2021 and will recognise excellence in the Editing and Post Production of Film and TV.

Over the coming months, the nomination and voting process will be undertaken exclusively by full and associate members of BFE.

The awards are split into six categories and any title that was first screened, streamed or broadcast in the UK in 2020 will be eligible for nomination:

There will be awards for Best Edited Single Drama, Best Edited Documentary or Non-Fiction Programme, Best Edited Series or Miniseries: Drama and Best Edited Series or Miniseries:

Documentary or Non-Fiction.

Two further categories are named in memory of recently deceased members of BFE. Individuals will be nominated and the honours will be decided by a jury.

The Michael Johns BFE Award for Outstanding Assistant Editor in n honour of Michael Johns, who was a long time governor. This award is open to any assistant editor in the UK.

The Chris Crookall BFE Award for Breakthrough Editor. Chris Crookall was a younger BFE member who was enjoying an outstanding career. He passed away in October 2020. Peer-nominated by assistants and editors, this will be awarded to a BFE member in the early stage of their career. It recognises a junior editor who shows the qualities and attributes to go far.

Newly appointed chair of the British Film Editors, documentary editor and director Renée Edwards, says: “We are incredibly excited to announce the BFE Cut Above Awards. These uniquely dedicated awards give us an opportunity to highlight the vast wealth of editing talent in our industry. Furthermore, BFE is delighted to recognise the achievements of the next generation with both The Young Editor of the Year and Outstanding Assistant Editor awards. We are proud to name these two awards after our members, Michael Johns and Chris Crookall, who sadly passed away this year.”

Jon Creamer