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American Cinema Editors

Founded in 1950, American Cinema Editors (ACE) is an honorary society of film editors that are voted in based on the qualities of professional achievements, their education of others, and their dedication to editing. The society is not to be confused with an industry union, such as the I.A.T.S.E. (specifically the Motion Picture Editors Guild or MPEG) to which an editor might belong. The current President of ACE is Alan Heim.[1]


Eligibility for active membership may be obtained by the following prerequisites:

  • Nomination or win of ACE Eddie award and/or
  • Desire to be a member
  • Sponsorship by at least two active members
  • Minimum of 60 months (5 years) editing experience on Features and/or Television
  • Interview by the Membership Committee
  • Approval by the Board of Directors
  • Acceptance by the general membership

Members use the postnominal "ACE" as part of their signatures; thus the president of the Society in October 2012 was Randy Roberts, ACE. The society publishes its current membership on its website; as of 2012, this website does not include deceased members.[2]

Board of Directors

As of August 2014, the Board of Directors are as follows:

Board of Directors:

Associate Directors:

Eddie Awards

Beginning in 1950, the ACE held an annual dinner to honor the film editing Academy Award nominees. When the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) created a film editing category, the ACE invited them to the dinner as well.

In 1962, the ACE began giving its own awards. The awards and nominations are typically covered in entertainment industry newspapers and journals such as Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.[3][4]

The following awards are either currently given or have been given in the past. The American Cinema Editors does not publish an archive of these awards; it refers readers to the Internet Movie Database for archival information.[5]

An * denotes a film that also won the Academy Award for Editing.

In 2000, the Best Edited Feature Film award was broken into two genres, dramatic and comedy (an award given out to each category).

  • Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Non-Commercial Television
  • Best Edited One-Hour Series for Television
  • Best Edited Documentary
  • Best Edited Miniseries or Motion Picture for Commercial Television
  • The ACE Student Editing Competition Winner
  • The ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award



Since 1951, the ACE publishes the CINEMAEDITOR quarterly magazine. It began as an in-house publication, but grew to 5,000 subscribers in 1963. In the early 1990s the magazine collapsed into a four page newsletter. In 1994, Jack Tucker was appointed as the Editor the publication into today's magazine. Walter Fernandez, Jr. leads the magazine's team, with publications committee chair Edgar Burcksen.

ACE Student Editing Competition

The American Cinema Editors also holds an annual student competition (The ACE Student Editing Competition), awarding one student editor for editing a set of video dailies for a dramatic scene. Three finalists are guests at the annual ACE Eddie Awards in February. Applications are accepted through October and cost US$125. The competition is limited to the first 100 students only.

The Gunsmoke footage

The ACE Store is the source of the dailies used at most film schools today. The scene is from a 1958 episode of the TV series Gunsmoke. It is available only to instructors of film editing classes. The video tape is called "FILM EDITING: Interpretation and Value" and includes three different edits of the scene.


  1. ^ "ACE Board of Directors". Universal City, California: American Cinema Editors. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  2. ^ "Member Roster". Universal City, California: American Cinema Editors. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Giardina, Carolyn (February 7, 2014). Captain Phillips,' 'American Hustle' Win American Cinema Editors Awards"'". Hollywood Reporter. 
  4. ^ Weisman, Jon (January 11, 2013). "American Cinema Editors announce noms". Variety. 
  5. ^ "ACE Eddie Awards". American Cinema Editors. Retrieved 2014-04-03. 

External links

  • Official website
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