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.
NOTE: The ACE Board of Directors also reserves the right to invite film editors of distinction directly to become ACE member.
Life and Honorary Members
Retired ACE members or non-editors who have distinguished themselves in the industry as voted by the Board of Directors.