The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the winners of its 50th annual Student Academy Awards on Friday.
The 14 winners were selected from a total of 2,443 entries from 720 colleges and universities around the world. Those who take home trophies from the student awards are eligible to compete in the following Oscars in the animated short film, life-action short film or documentary short film categories.
Previous Student Academy Award winners have received 67 Academy Award nominations and won 12 awards. Previous winners have included Spike Lee, Pete Docter, Patricia Cardoso, Robert Zemeckis and Patricia Riggen.
Leo Behrens of the American Film Institute won the Alternative/Experimental Award for his film “ Skin. Three groups of students received trophies for animation: Gabriel Augerai, Romain Augier and Yannick Jacquin from France’s École des Nouvelles Images for boom; César Luton, Achille Pasquier and Clémence Bailly from the French MoPA 3D Animation School for Diplomacy of the Eclipse; and Lisa Kenney from the UK’s National Film and Television School for Mom’s spaghetti.
Lyuwei Chen from New York University received an award for her documentary duetas did Jean Chapiro of Columbia University and Giorgio Ghiotto of NYU for their documents Hasta Encontrarlos (Until We Find Them) And wings of dust, respectively.
The Student Academy Awards for Best Narrative went to: Mark Gerstorfer from the Vienna Film Academy in Austria for Invisible border; Iain Aigin Stronach Forbes from Den Norske Filmskolen in Norway for Visited again; and Tamara Denić from the Hamburg Media School in Germany for Istina (truth).
The young filmmakers will all attend an in-person ceremony on October 24 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where the winners’ medal placements – gold, silver and bronze – will be announced.
The ceremony is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required, available online at oscars.org.