Visual Effects Society

The Visual Effects Society (VES) is the entertainment industry's only organization representing the full breadth of visual effects practitioners including artists, animators, technologists, model makers, educators, studio leaders, supervisors, PR/marketing specialists and producers in all areas of entertainment from film, television and commercials to music videos and games.

Visual Effects Society
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Formation1997 (1997)[1]

Consisting of a diverse group of over 3,700 members in more than 35 countries.[2]

The Visual Effects Society is a professional, honorary society and

  • Members are more than 3,300 artists, technologists and practitioners in the visual effects field
  • Represented in 30 countries, including United States, Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Turkey, India, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, and Brazil
  • Produces the VES Awards Gala (February), Production Summit (October) and more than 25 educational events, reaching an international audience of 10,000+ annually.
  • Nearly 50% of VES members are freelancers or independent contractors
  • Membership currently consists of 20% women.
  • VES members have garnered over a hundred Oscar and Emmy awards
  • More than 2/3 of members have 11+ years in the visual effects field
  • VES Membership requires at least five years of full-time production experience as a visual effects professional and the endorsement of two Visual Effects Society members, or having received one of the industry's top honors.
  • VES circulates news and information to the international audience of over 10,000.
  • Publishes the quarterly visual effects magazine, VFX Voice.

VES AwardsEdit

Since 2002, the VES Awards has honored film, television, commercials, music videos and video games. Recipients are honored with a statue, manufactured by New York firm, Society Awards.[3]



An * denotes a film that also won the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.


The VES List of the Most Influential Visual Effects filmsEdit

In 2007, the Visual Effects Society unveiled their list of the 50 most influential films in visual effects.[4] Due to ties, there were actually 51 films in the list. The films were:

In 2017, an additional 21 films were added to the list:[5]


  1. ^ Rushfield, Richard (February 17, 2006). "An Image to Maintain". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 22, 2013.
  2. ^ admin (16 June 2014). "About the VES". Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Previous VES Awards". visual effects society. Archived from the original on July 17, 2015. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  4. ^ "The Visual Effects Society Unveils "50 Most Influential Visual Effects Films of All Time"". 11 May 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  5. ^ Pedersen, Erik (September 12, 2017). "Visual Effects Society Lists 70 Most Influential VFX Films: Sci-Fi Rules, Superheroes Lag". Deadline. Retrieved November 10, 2017.

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