Application Fees & Dues
There is a non-refundable application fee of $50. Once the application is submitted, a three-step process follows:
- The applicants are interviewed in person by the ACE Membership Committee.
- Approved applicants are recommended to the ACE Board of Directors.
- Applicants recommended by the Board of Directors are submitted to the membership-at-large.
(Members may submit a well founded objection for admission, within 30 days which are then reviewed by the Board.)`
Once membership is approved, there is a one-time initiation fee of $1500 (installments okay). Yearly dues are $400.
Life and Honorary Members
Retired ACE members or non-editors who have distinguished themselves in the industry as voted by the Board of Directors.
The ACE Board of Directors also reserves the right to invite film editors of distinction directly to become ACE member.
Sponsoring a candidate for membership
One must be an ACTIVE ACE Member in good standing for three years before writing a sponsorship letter for a new member candidate. LIFE Members may also write sponsorship letters.
Sponsor one candidate per year
Members may only sponsor one candidate per year. Sponsorship letters must be current, dated within one year of the interview date. If more time has elapsed when the interview is scheduled, Membership Committee shall contact sponsor and ask them to renew and re-validate their endorsement.
Each candidate for membership shall present two letters of sponsorship from ACTIVE or LIFE Members with first-hand knowledge of the applicant. We strongly recommend that, when possible, one letter be from an ACE member with whom the applicant has worked. Both letters must be at least 100 words in length.
If one of the two sponsors is related to the applicant, a third letter is required.