The films, and their creators, are The Birds Upstairs (Christopher Jarvis, New York University), 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, The Girl and the Fox (Tyler Kupferer, Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia), Heart (Erick Oh, University of California, Los Angeles), The Renter (Jason Carpenter, California Institute of the Arts), Swing (Yen-Ting Kuo, School of Visual Arts, New York) and Treasure (Chelsea Bartlett, Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida).
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.
Winning filmmakers will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry-related activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony Saturday, June 11 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
To reach this stage, students competed in one of three regional competitions. Each region is permitted to send to the Academy up to three finalists in each of four categories, including Animation.
For the first time this year, up to three films may be honored in the Foreign Student Film category. Academy members have selected students from the Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom as finalists.
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. John Lasseter, a 1979 and 1980 Student Academy Award winner, was a nominee in the Adapted Screenplay category for Toy Story 3.
The 38th Annual Student Academy Awards ceremony is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained 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, California. For more information, call (310) 247‑3600.