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Applicants must complete parts 1, 5 and 6 of this application and pay the fee in order for it to count toward the current membership period. Required documentation (VFX work history and letters of endorsement) may be submitted at any time prior to the application deadline. All applicants will be contacted when their initial paid application is received, and any missing documentation will be requested at that time.

Please read this application carefully.

This application must be filled out completely before submission for membership consideration. Please review the membership qualifications, which are found in Part 2 of this application, before applying.

The deadlines to submit an application for VES membership are as follows:

Spring Membership Cycle – March 15th
Fall Membership Cycle – September 15th

Part 1 - Personal Information

Part 2: Type of Membership

Active or Associate (Click to Expand)
Please indicate the type of membership you are seeking.

Active Membership – An Active Member is a member who has been actively engaged in the production or creation of Visual Effects for not less than five (5) years, within the last ten (10) years preceding application for membership. If the applicant seeks Active Membership, two (2) Active Members in good standing must endorse this application.

Associate Membership – An Associate Member is a member whose professional activities have involved a close relationship with, and exceptional achievements in, the field of Visual Effects for not less than five (5) years. If the applicant seeks Associate Membership, two (2) Members in good standing, who are either Associate or Active, must endorse this application.

Part 3: Visual Effects Work History

Initial applications may be submitted without including the necessary VFX work history, but it must be received prior to the deadline in order to complete the application.

To be eligible for membership, your visual effects work experience must exceed five (5) years within the preceding ten (10) years, as described in Part 2 above. HOWEVER, we need your COMPLETE work history. Do not stop at five (5) years.

Years of Experience (click to expand)
Enter the number of years you have worked professionally in Visual Effects.

Download Work History Form

If needed, you may download an additional Work History Form, fill it out and upload it.

Only PDF files will be accepted
Files must be less than 8 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.
Files must be less than 8 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf pdf doc docx.

Part 4: VES Member Endorsements

Initial applications may be submitted without including letters of endorsement from two (2) current VES members, but they must be received prior to the deadline in order to complete the application.

Important: Every applicant must be endorsed by two (2) VES members in good standing, each of whom must submit a letter of recommendation to the VES on the applicant's behalf.

Click Here to download a PDF of the Endorsement Letter Guidelines and share them with your endorsing VES members.

If you are a returning member, this requirement has already been satisfied. You may specify that you are a returning member here.

If you have received a letter of endorsement from your first endorser, you may upload it here. Please Note: We only accept PDF format
Files must be less than 8 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.
If you have received a letter of endorsement from your second endorser, you may upload it here. Please Note: We only accept PDF format
Files must be less than 8 MB.
Allowed file types: pdf.

Part 5 - Application Fee

There is an Application Fee of US $200 for the Spring period, or US $100 for the Fall period. Additionally, there is a US $100 NON-REFUNDABLE PROCESSING FEE for either period. The Application fee of either US $200, or US $100 is applied to membership dues, either for the first year for Spring applicants, or the first six (6) months for Fall applicants. If the applicant is denied membership, the Application Fee will be refunded. The total Application and Processing Fees are due upon submission of this application. After submitting this form you will be taken to a page where you may pay by credit card, or you may choose to send a check directly to the VES office.

Part 6 - Applicant's Statement and Agreement

I have read the rules and regulations for membership in the Visual Effects Society. I understand that an invitation for membership in the Visual Effects Society is at the sole discretion of the Board of Directors. Moreover, I understand that an application for membership in the Visual Effects Society does not in any way obligate the Visual Effects Society to extend an invitation to me for membership.