12 students from nine U.S. colleges and universities and three students from outside the U.S. have been selected as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 38th Annual Student Academy Awards competition.  The student filmmakers will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry-related activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 11, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):

Alternative category
“The Vermeers,” Tal S. Shamir, The New School, New York

Animation category
“Correspondence,” Zach Hyer, Pratt Institute, New York
“Defective Detective,” Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis, Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida
“Dragonboy,” Bernardo Warman and Shaofu Zhang, Academy of Art University, California

Documentary category
“Imaginary Circumstances,” Anthony Weeks, Stanford University
“Sin Pais (Without Country),” Theo Rigby, Stanford University
“Vera Klement: Blunt Edge,” Wonjung Bae, Columbia College Chicago

Narrative category
“Fatakra,” Soham Mehta, University of Texas at Austin
“High Maintenance,” Shawn Wines, Columbia University
“Thief,” Julian Higgins, American Film Institute, California

Foreign Student Film category
“Bekas,” Karzan Kader, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sweden
“Raju,” Max Zaehle, Hamburg Media School, Germany
“Tuba Atlantic,” Hallvar Witzo, Norwegian Film School, Norway

The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.  Past Student Academy Award® winners have gone on to receive 43 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared eight awards.  At the 83rd Academy Awards earlier this year, 2010 Student Academy Award winner Luke Matheny took home the Oscar for Live Action Short Film for “God of Love.”  Tanel Toom, another 2010 Student Academy Award winner, also was nominated in the Live Action Short Film category for “The Confession,” and John Lasseter, a 1979 and 1980 Student Academy Award winner, was a nominee in the Adapted Screenplay category for “Toy Story 3.”

[source: AMPAS]

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