Anne V. Coates Student Award

ACE is very pleased to announce that the Student Competition Award has been renamed, The Anne V. Coates Student Award, in honor of the iconic editor.

The late Ann 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.

Application Process

The competition will open September 16th, 2019.
All the materials must be returned by November 22nd, 2019. 

The nominees will be announced December 11th and the winner will be announced at the ACE Eddies Awards ceremony on January 17th, 2020 in Los Angeles.

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. Click “Start Application” and pay entry fee ($125).
  2. Upon payment you are redirected to an application.
  3. Fill form out completely and submit.
  4. You are redirected to a web page with link to download Video Dailies (mp4) and Script Notes.
  5. You will receive an email on how to submit your edited scene to ACE.

Good Luck!

Start Application

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, in Beverly Hills, CA. (ACE does not pay transportation or hotel expenses for out-of-town students.)


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.

Anne Coates with Eric Kench (2019 winner)