It is the first time a film editor has received the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Film Festival.

Film editor Thelma Schoonmaker and film director Frederick Wiseman, are to be the recipients of the Golden Lions for Lifetime Achievement of the 71st Venice International Film Festival, which runs August 27-Sept 6.

Schoonmaker has received three Oscars (Raging Bull, The Aviator, The Departed) and two BAFTAs (Raging Bull, Goodfellas) during her career as an editor. Since 1980 she has edited all of Scorsese’s feature-length films including the most recent, The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). I

It is the first time the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement has been awarded by the Venice Film Festival to an artist in the field of film editing.

Film director Frederick Wiseman’s acclaimed documentaries include Titicut Follies (1967), Welfare (1975), Public Housing (1997), Near Death (1989), La Comédie Française ou L’amour joué (1996), La danse – Le ballet de l’Opéra de Paris (2009) and At Berkeley (2013, presented at the Venice Film Festival as were six of his previous films). Wiseman has won four Emmys, a MacArthur Prize Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.