Three animated films win Student Academy Awards

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Oscar Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sciences

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.

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