Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded for significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry by way of vision, artistry, invention and innovation.

  • George Lucas (2004)
  • Robert Zemeckis (2005)
  • Dennis Muren (2007)
  • Steven Spielberg (2008)
  • Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall (2009)
  • James Cameron (2010)
  • Ray Harryhausen (2011)
  • Stan Lee (2012)
  • Richard Edlund (2013)
  • John Dykstra (2014)

Georges Méliès Award

Awarded for pioneering significant and lasting contributions to the art and science of the visual effects industry by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.

  • Bob Abel (2005)
  • John Lasseter (2006)
  • Phil Tippett (2009)
  • Ed Catmull (2010)
  • Douglas Trumbull (2012)

Visionary Award

Awarded for uniquely and consistently employing the art and science of visual effects to foster imagination and ignite future discoveries by way of artistry, invention and groundbreaking work.

  • Christopher Nolan (2011)
  • Ang Lee (2013)
  • Alfonso Cuarón (2014)

BOD Award

Presented with deepest gratitude and appreciation by the members of the VES and its Board of Directors.

  • Tom Atkin (2004)
  • Don Shay (2005)
  • Jim Morris (2006)

Honorary Memberships

Awarded for exemplary contributions to the entertainment industry at large, and for furthering the interests and values of visual effects practitioners around the world.

  • Ray Harryhausen (1998)
  • Albert Whitlock (1998)
  • Linwood Dunn (1998)
  • Peter Ellenshaw (1998)
  • Douglas Trumbull (2002)
  • George Lucas (2007)
  • John Dykstra (2007)
  • George Miller (2009)
  • Matthew Yuricich (2010)

Lifetime Memberships

Awarded for meritorious service to the Society, the industry and for furthering the interests and values of visual effects artists around the world.

  • Ray Harryhausen (2007)
  • Dennis Muren (2007)
  • Jim Morris (2007)
  • Harrison Ellenshaw (2007)
  • Bill Taylor (2007)
  • Douglas Trumbull (2009)

Founders Award

Awarded to any individual member of the VES who has significantly contributed to the success of the VES.

  • Jonathan Erland (2006)
  • Harrison Ellenshaw (2007)
  • Ray Feeney (2008)
  • Bill Taylor (2009)
  • Jim Morris (2010)
  • Mark Stetson (2011)
  • Carl Rosendahl (2012)
  • Craig Barron (2013)

VES Fellows

This title signifies that the individual is recognized for earning an outstanding reputation through sustained contributions to the art, science or business of visual effects, as well as through meritorious service to the Society and the entertainment industry at large. 

  • Dennis Muren (2010)
  • Doug Trumbull (2010)
  • Jonathan Erland (2010)
  • Ed Catmull (2012)
  • Richard Edlund (2012)
  • Ray Feeney (2012)
  • Carl Rosendahl (2012)
  • Mark Stetson (2012)
  • Bill Taylor (2012)
  • Phil Tippett (2012)