Three films have been selected as winners in the Animation category of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition, the Academy announced Tuesday morning.
The winners are Eyrie, by David Wolter of the California Institute of the Arts; The Jockstrap Raiders, by Mark Nelson of the University of California, Los Angeles; and My Little Friend, by Eric Prah of Ringling College of Art and Design.
In Eyrie, a young boy must learn to defend his sheep from an eagle. Once he is capable of defending himself, he is given wings and freedom.
The Jockstrap Raiders, a 19-minute CG-animated short, took five years (part-time) to complete. It takes place during the First World War in Leeds, England, where a group of underdog misfits are excluded from the war due to various abnormalities. Through a hilarious turn of events, the group must learn to become a team and overcome their deficiencies in order to save Britain.
The three students are among among 10 from nine United States colleges and universities who were selected. 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.
Earlier, Academy members selected students from Germany and the United Kingdom as finalists in the Foreign Film category.
Former Student Academy Award winners include Pixar’s John Lasseter and South Park creator Trey Parker.
This year’s awards ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in the Academy’s Beverly Hills, California headquarters, where the placements in each category will be announced. Although tickets are free to the public, they must be obtained in advance from the Academy at www.oscars.org or (313) 247‑3600.