Academy Reveals Student Academy Award Winners

Academy Reveals Student Academy Award Winners
Academy Reveals Student Academy Award Winners

The Academy has voted fifteen students as winners of the 42nd Student Academy Awards competition.

The Academy received a record number of entries this year — 1,686 films from 282 domestic and 93 international colleges and universities — which were voted upon by a record number of Academy members.

Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 47 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. Previous winners include Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, and Robert Zemeckis.

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The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):


Chiaroscuro,” Daniel Drummond, Chapman University, California

Zoe,” ChiHyun Lee, The School of Visual Arts, New York


An Object at Rest,” Seth Boyden, California Institute of the Arts

Soar,” Alyce Tzue, Academy of Art University, San Francisco

Taking the Plunge,” Nicholas Manfredi and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, The School of Visual Arts


Boxeadora,” Meg Smaker, Stanford University

I Married My Family’s Killer,” Emily Kassie, Brown University

Looking at the Stars,” Alexandre Peralta, University of Southern California


Day One,” Henry Hughes, American Film Institute, California

Stealth,” Bennett Lasseter, American Film Institute

This Way Up,” Jeremy Cloe, American Film Institute

Foreign Film

Everything Will Be Okay…,” Patrick Vollrath, Filmakademie Wien, Austria

Fidelity,” Ilker Catak, Hamburg Media School, Germany

The Last Will,” Dustin Loose, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany

Students will arrive in Los Angeles for a week of industry activities that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Thursday, September 17, at 7:30 p.m., at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The medal placements – gold, silver, and bronze – in the five award categories will be announced at the ceremony.

First-time honors go to Chapman University in the Alternative category and Filmakademie Wien in the Foreign Film competition. Academy members voted the winners from a field of 33 finalists, announced last month.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.

Photo courtesy: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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