Nine animated finalists for Student Academy Awards

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Stu­dent Acad­emy Awards

Nine films from as many United States col­leges and uni­ver­si­ties have been selected as final­ists in the Ani­ma­tion cat­e­gory of the Acad­emy of Motion Pic­ture Arts and Sci­ences’ 38th Annual Stu­dent Acad­emy Awards competition.

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, 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.

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