As the only organization that represents the global visual effects community, membership in the Visual Effects Society comes with exclusive benefits that enhance your career, build your network and contribute to the future of the ever-evolving VFX industry. Click on the section heading below to read more.

As a VES member, benefits include:

Global Recognition: The distinction of being among the leading artists, innovators, practitioners and executives who are creating and advancing visionary VFX work worldwide.

Fabulous Networking: As a part of a global network of over 3,500 members in 35 countries, enjoy access to peer-to-peer online and in-person discussion forums; hear the latest trends, advances and production news; and build important professional and social relationships.

Valuable Resources: Access to educational programs from practical skills-building workshops to cutting-edge new technology demos to an online library of video tutorials and presentations by industry experts.

Outstanding Programs: Invitations to free members-only events, including exclusive film screenings, panel discussions and opportunities to attend galvanizing annual events including the VES Summit and prestigious VES Awards.

Leadership Opportunities: Help guide the future of the VES and contribute to advancing the field by volunteering for a VES Committee, mentoring students or ultimately running for elected office at the Section or International Board of Directors level. 

Exclusive Savings: A growing roster of tangible, cost-saving benefits, including:  

  • Opportunity to purchase VES Healthcare coverage at competitive rates for individuals and small businesses

  • Opportunity to purchase supplemental/disability insurance

  • Free and discounted publications

  • Awards season year-end Blu-ray/DVD studio screeners

  • Discounts on VES Awards Show, VES Summit and VES Award submissions

  • Discounts on select industry conferences, programs and special events

  • Discounts on business and educational services

  • Discounts on computer hardware/software

Below are some additional member benefits such as health care, business, education, publications, screenings, and member discounts.

Health Care

  • VES Health Care
  • ObamaCare Tutorial
  • Individual and small business plans
  • Same coverage as the Television Academy and Producers Guild
  • Competitive rates that will only get better as we grow
  • Dental and eye care included (more information)
  • Progressive Benefits healthcare consulting
  • Aflac supplemental / disability insurance

Canadian Supplemental Healthcare Insurance

VES Members and professionals working in the visual effects industry in Canada (except for the Province of Quebec), we would like to offer you exclusive access to the VES Health & Dental Plan. 

Enrollment Guidelines

You are eligible to join the plan 60 days after joining the VES or a validated studio

You must enroll within 31 days of becoming eligible (you can also submit your enrolment at any time during the 60 day waiting period)

Any applications received after the 31-day deadline are considered late applicants and are subject to medical requirements and benefit restrictions

For more information on this fully portable plan and the benefits available, please check out the following website:

To Enroll:

Please email Arbutus Financial at with your name, date of birth, email address, plan choice (Bronze, Silver, Gold or Platinum), family status (single, couple, family), VES affiliation (name of studio where you work or VES member number), and the date you joined the VES or started working at your studio.

Questions?  Please contact us at or 604-731-1100 or toll free 1-877-228-2171.


“Without it no insurance is complete”

If you experience a life-interrupting medical event without Aflac...

Then you could be facing an even deeper financial hole.

How Aflac works with your Medical Coverage:

  • Aflac pays the CASH BENEFITS to you, not the Doctors or Hospitals.
  • Aflac helps fill the FINANCIAL gap if you or your spouse is unable to work
  • Aflac benefits PAY no matter what other insurance you have—it pays on top.
  • Aflac plans are GUARANTEED RENEWABLE at the payroll rate for life.
  • Aflac plans are 100% PORTABLE.Even if you change jobs, you can take it with you.
  • Aflac does NOT raise rates every year, so you know the cost in the future
  • Aflac has NO network restrictions or preauthorization requirements

Customize your Aflac benefit package by choosing the plans that best fit your individual needs.

Contact William Hofto - (310) 562-7367 -


VES Members Receive FREE Virtual Studio from StratusCore

Benefit includes:

  • 40 hours of Virtual Workstation use per month
  • 25 render credits per month
  • 50 GB of hot storage
  • 50% off all purchases

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Since 1992, TEAM has been servicing the entertainment industry through top notch payroll services and expert insight into labor issues that impact the business of production. We are now pleased to offer a preferred payroll package to all VES members at a discounted rate. VES Partner Payroll Package includes:


Our areas of service include:

  • Staff and Freelance Employees: Employer of Record for all visual effects staff and freelance employees.
  • Employer of Record for US citizens employed in foreign countries.
  • Maintenance of USCIS (I-9) forms for client employees paid by TEAM.
  • Federal and State employer and employee payroll tax contributions.
  • Workers Compensation & Disability insurance coverage and claims administration.

Union Talent:

  • Cast Clearance, Union Security, Taft-Hartley, and Preference of Employment for SAG & AFTRA agreements, including SAG & AFTRA and PH&W contributions.
  • Holding Fee & Residuals Notification.
  • Union, Agent, or Talent Claims administration

We look forward to the opportunity to work with you. For questions or additional information, contact:

Abraham Gordon | Account Director

901 W. Alameda Ave., Suite 100 Burbank, CA 91506-2801


  • 15% Discount at Sphere VFX for VES Members
  • 25% Discount at CMIVFX; online visual effects training
  • 15% Discount at FXPHD online vfx and post-production training
  • 10% Discount at Gnomon School of Visual Effects
  • FreeVFX Project management VFX Showrunner
  • "Friends and family" discounts at

spherevfx is a high-end, international training company specializing in 3D, Compositing, Visual Effects and Stereoscopic Post Production courses. We offer training in the world's best CGI and VFX software including: Maya, Mari, ZBrush, RenderMan Studio, V-Ray, Nuke, Ocular and PFTrack.

We offer production-driven, project-focused courses for all levels from the beginner through to the advanced user. Courses can take place either at our UK training centre or on-site at your studio. We also offer bespoke courses which are customised to your specific requirements and can include training on your current live projects. Clients include: Animal Logic, Framestore, Digital Domain, Ghost VFX, DreamWorks Animation, Mr. X., Luma Pictures and Double Negative.

Founded by VES member Matt Leonard, spherevfx is pleased to offer a 15% discount to all VES members.

Contact Details:

+44 1633 790-211

VES members around the world will receive a 25% Discount on subscriptions for VFX courses, exclusively from  VES Members click here for the discount code. provides professional online training in visual effects and production. Courses are provided as QuickTime movies and most come with high quality footage that artists can use to create shots for their reel. This is complemented by high-level discussion forums with members from around the world, so you're not learning in a vacuum. Founded by VES members, fxphd is pleased to provide a 15% discount to VES.

Please email to receive your discount code, which is entered when signing up for the curriculum.

See for more information about our current offerings.

Gnomon School of Visual Effects is proud to offer VES Members a 10% discount on all courses at our Hollywood, CA facilities, as well as Gnomon Online courses and Gnomon Workshop DVD's that are purchased through the school. Intro to Autodesk Maya classes may also be taken at no charge – based on space availability.

No limit

No expiration

Must present a valid VES Membership card

For more information or to purchase, please call: 323-466-6663 or email us at:

Lynda Thompson is pleased to offer a “friends and family” discount to VES members on copies of the DVD documentary on the life and work of Peter Ellenshaw, “Ellenshaw Under Glass.”

Log on to and mention you are a VES member to receive the discount when ordering.



  • Numerous free screenings sponsored by VES, the studios, Below the Line, AMPAS, BAFTA, Autodesk and others
  • Theater access during awards season with VES membership card
  • Awards Season Blu-ray/DVD Studio Screeners


VES Members may enjoy discounted rates at all Kimpton Hotels in the United States. Please see instructions and code below for booking

VES Global Business ID is GBP24429

You may book online at by entering the code under Global Business ID, or by calling 800-KIMPTON and asking for the Visual Effects Society GBP rates.

Kimpton Global Business Benefits

  • Discounted rates starting at 10% off the Best Available Rate, guaranteed 7 days a week at any Kimpton Hotel nationwide
  • Access to weekend specials, exclusive promotions and Kimpton Instant Meetings
  • Late check-out, subject to availability
  • Fast, free Wi-Fi for all Kimpton Karma Rewards members

VES Member Discounts

  • VES Award Show – 50%
  • VES Summit
  • VES Award Submissions- 25% to 100%
  • VES members save on buying or selling real estate with Keller Williams (details below)

VES members save on buying or selling real estate through the network of the Entertainment Division of Keller Williams DTLA ("kwDTLA")

We’re excited to offer a new VES member benefit. 

Now through our exclusive specialized servicing agreement you can save money when buying or selling a home around the globe!

Keller Williams DTLA’s Entertainment Division is able to reduce the cost of buying or selling real estate for VES members by crediting 20% of their realtor commission back to VES members at the close of escrow when they buy or sell real estate.

To put that into actual figures, a realtor’s standard commission on a $1,000,000 home is $25,000 (2.5% of the purchase price), and the Keller Williams DTLA Entertainment Division agent would give $5,000 (i.e. 20% of that $25,000 commission) back to the VES member upon the close of escrow.*  

Overall the Keller Williams’ global company-wide reach is unparalleled—with over 149,000 agents spread over 790 market centers across the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia, no real estate company has more agents globally than KW (see

Regardless of the area in the world that a VES member is looking to buy or sell real estate, the specialized Directors of kwDTLA’s Entertainment Division will assign and refer the most qualified KW agent to work with the VES member—ensuring the agent is proficient to handle the VES member’s needs as well as honor the 20% discount. 

The DTLA Entertainment Directors and the assigned KW agent will communicate regularly to make sure that no clients’ need is missed.

High level service is our priority.

To be put in touch with a KW Entertainment agent in your area, please contact the kwDTLA’s Entertainment Division at

*Conditions may apply. Credits must appear on the HUD and are non reoccurring towards costs associated with the costs of Closing.