Medalists Unveiled at 2016 Student Academy Awards

Student Academy Awards
Student Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored Thursday 17 student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 43rd Student Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards were announced and presented by actors Joel Edgerton, Lucy Liu, Daisy Ridley and Parker Sawyers.

The 2016 Student Academy Award winners are:


  • Gold: “All These Voices,” David Henry Gerson, American Film Institute
  • Silver: “Cloud Kumo,” Yvonne Ng, City College of New York
  • Bronze: “The Swan Girl,” Johnny Coffeen, Maharishi University of Management


  • Gold: “Once upon a Line,” Alicja Jasina, USC
  • Silver: “The Wishgranter,” Echo Wu, Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Bronze: “Die Flucht,” Carter Boyce, DePaul University


  • Gold: “4.1 Miles,” Daphne Matziaraki, University of California, Berkeley
  • Silver: “Fairy Tales,” Rongfei Guo, New York University
  • Bronze: “From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City,” Elise Conklin, Michigan State University


  • Gold: “Nocturne in Black,” Jimmy Keyrouz, Columbia University
  • Silver: “It’s Just a Gun,” Brian Robau, Chapman University
  • Bronze: “Rocket,” Brenna Malloy, Chapman University

Foreign Narrative

  • Gold: “Invention of Trust,” Alex Schaad, University of Television and Film Munich (Germany)
  • Silver: “Where the Woods End,” Felix Ahrens, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (Germany)
  • Bronze: “Tenants,” Klara Kochanska, The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz (Poland)

Foreign Animation

  • Gold: “Ayny – My Second Eye,” Ahmad Saleh, Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Germany)

Foreign Documentary

  • Gold: “The Most Beautiful Woman,” Maya Sarfaty, Tel Aviv University (Israel)

New this year, the Foreign Film category was expanded to include separate awards for narrative, animation and documentary entries.

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All categories had three potential placements except for the Foreign Animation and Foreign Documentary categories, in which only Gold Medal awards were given.

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.

Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 51 Oscar nominations and have won or shared nine awards. They include Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.

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