Anne V. Coates Student Editing Competition Award


The late Anne V. Coates, ACE, earned an Academy Award for David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia and received an Honorary Award at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 2016 Governors Awards. She earned four additional Oscar nominations for Becket, The Elephant Man, In the Line of Fire and Out of Sight.

Student Editing Competition
2021 Winner
Samuel Bailey
University of North Carolina,
School of the Arts

Student Editing Competition Process

The Student Editing Competition is now closed. Thank you for your submissions!

Students of film or editing may enter the ACE Student Editing Competition once a year. Applicants must provide the name of the school or university where they are studying and the name of a professor or instructor on the ACE application.  Here are the steps:

  1. To Start Application below, pay entry fee ($125).
  2. Upon payment you are redirected to an application.
  3. Fill form out completely and submit.
  4. You will be redirected to a web page with a link to download Video Dailies (mp4) and Script Notes along with further instructions on how to submit your completed edit.
  5. Save this web page url to come back and click on the link to enter your completed edit.


Competition Process

The top three finalists are contacted by phone and email, and announced soon after.  Each finalist is invited to attend the ACE Eddie Awards. 
The winner receives a special Student Award and publicity in the Hollywood trade papers and each finalist receives a plaque.
No other entrants are contacted and no critiques or rankings are available for anyone. The finalists are listed on this ACE website.
Please Note: The dailies supplied are for this student competition only and are NOT to be duplicated or copied or used for classroom study, projects or any other outside use. Any infringement upon this use may result in litigation. (When the awards are held in person again ACE does not pay transportation or hotel expenses for out-of-town students.)