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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 itself. 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) of which an editor might belong. The current President of ACE is Randy Roberts.


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

  • Desire to be a member
  • Sponsorship by at least two active members
  • Minimum of 60 months (5 years) of editing experience on Features or Television
  • Approval by the Board of Directors
  • Acceptance by the general membership

Members are entitled to include the designation "A.C.E." as part of their signatures; thus the president of the Society in August 2007 was Alan Heim, A.C.E.. The Society publishes its current membership on its website; as of 2008, this website does not include deceased members.

Eddie Awards

Beginning in 1950, the ACE held an annual dinner to honor the film editing Academy Award nominees. When the NATAS created a film editing category, the ACE invited them to the dinner as well.

In 1962 the ACE began giving its own awards. Today, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotelmarker, the following awards are given:
  • The ACE Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award
  • Career Achievement Awards
  • Best Edited Feature Film (Dramatic)
  • Best Edited Feature Film (Comedy or Musical)
  • Best Edited Half-Hour Series for Television
  • 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 Magazine

Since 1951. the ACE publishes the CINEMAEDITOR quarterly. 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 and he with President Tom Rolf and Laura Young expanded the publication into today's magazine. Edgar Burcksen leads the magazine's team, with Associate Editor Vincent LoBrutto.

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 costs $125. The competition is limited to the first 50 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". 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. "American Cinema Editors > Members", webpage archived by WebCite from this original URL on 2008-03-04.

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