Toni Pace Carstensen named winner of recipient of 2017 VES Founders Award


Disclosing the name of the winner of the 2017 VES Founders Award, the Visual Effects Society has named VFX Producer and founding VES member Toni Pace Carstensen as the recipient of the 2017 award.


The Society also designated Chuck Finance, visual effects producer and longstanding member of the VES Awards Committee, with a Lifetime VES membership.

Alongwith, it has honoured Bob Burns, legendary VFX archivist and practitioner with an Honorary VES membership.

er feature work as VFX producer/digital production manager includes AvatarMinority Report and Fantasia 2000. For theme parks she contributed to Epcot’s Mission: Space and Star Trek Voyager: Borg Encounter 4D. While Executive Producer at View Studio Carstensen produced TV FX work for The X-Files and Outer Limits and then remastered VFX for the original Star Trek series HD release at CBS Digital. Venturing out on her own, Carstensen started CyberGraphix, one of the first Mac-based motion graphics. She is the recipient of a Broadcast Design Gold Award for Francis Ford Coppola’s White Dwarf, a VES Award nomination for Best Supporting Visual FX – Broadcast for Pushing Daisies and three Emmy Award nominations for her early work as a radio and television news producer.

In 1997, Carstensen helped create the VES as member 0004 and first Treasurer. She was a Founding Member of the Executive Committee and served on the Global Board of Directors for many years, as well as being Co-Chair of the Education Committee.

She co-edited the first edition of The VES Handbook and with the Education Committee generated the idea for the VESAGE book – showcasing the personal artwork of VES members. Always thinking about the future, Carstensen created the Vision Committee in 2011, which she continues to Chair.

Currently, she is the Treasurer on the Los Angeles Section Board of Managers. Right now, she teaches and mentors the next generation of visual effects explorers at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects, while working as a development/production executive for animation studio Neko Productions.

She is also a member of the PGA, TEA, Women in Animation, Motion Picture Editors Guild and the Art Directors Guild.

These distinguished honorees, as well as this year’s to-be-named VES Fellows, will be recognized at a special evening program and reception at the 9th Annual VES Summit Inspiring Change: Building on 20 Years of VES Innovation.

The interactive forum on October 28th will celebrate the Society’s milestone 20th anniversary and will bring together top creatives, executives, thought leaders and visionaries from diverse disciplines to explore the dynamic evolution of visual imagery and the VFX industry landscape in a TED Talks-like atmosphere.