9 animation finalists for Student Oscars announced

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Oscar Statuette, Academy Awards

Oscar Stat­uette, Acad­emy Awards

For the first time ever, a film from Utah Val­ley Uni­ver­sity is a final­ist in the Ani­ma­tion cat­e­gory of the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences’ Stu­dent Acad­emy Awards competition.

Aaron Bris­tow, who made Lizard and the Lad­der, is one of nine stu­dents from seven United States col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties who have been selected as final­ists in the 39th Annual Stu­dent Oscars.

Final­ists from the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los Ange­les are Choco­late Milk, by Eliza Kinkz, and The Jock­strap Raiders, by Mark Nelson.

From Florida’s Rin­gling Col­lege of Art and Design, the final­ists are My Lit­tle Friend, by Eric Prah, and Reviv­ing Red­wood, by Matt Sullivan.

Round­ing out the list are Cow­boy, Clone, Dust, by Matthew Chris­tensen of New York Uni­ver­sity; Eyrie, by David Wolter of Cal­i­for­nia Insti­tute of the Arts; La Lune et le Coq, by Ray­mond McCarthy Berg­eron of Rochester Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy; and Shi­nobi Blues, by Yue Liu of the School of Visual Arts.

Acad­emy mem­bers will view the final­ists’ films at spe­cial screen­ings and vote to select the win­ners. Gold, Sil­ver and Bronze Medal awards, along with accom­pa­ny­ing cash grants of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000 respec­tively, may be pre­sented in the Ani­ma­tion category.

Win­ners will be brought to Los Ange­les, along with the inter­na­tional stu­dent win­ners in the For­eign Stu­dent Film cat­e­gory, for a week of indus­try activ­i­ties and social events that will cul­mi­nate in the awards cer­e­mony at 6 p.m. Sat­ur­day, June 9 at the Academy’s Samuel Gold­wyn The­ater in Bev­erly Hills, California.

To reach this stage, U.S. stu­dents com­peted in one of three regional com­pe­ti­tions. Each region is per­mit­ted to send to the Acad­emy up to three final­ists in each of the four cat­e­gories. Acad­emy mem­bers have selected stu­dents from Aus­tralia, Ger­many and the United King­dom as final­ists in the For­eign Film category.

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 46 Oscar nom­i­na­tions and have won or shared eight awards.

The 39th Annual Stu­dent Acad­emy Awards cer­e­mony June 9 is free and open to the pub­lic, but advance tick­ets are required. Tick­ets are avail­able now, online at www.oscars.org, in per­son at the Acad­emy box office, or by mail.

The Samuel Gold­wyn The­ater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boule­vard in Bev­erly Hills. For more infor­ma­tion, call (310) 247‑3600.

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