Student Academy Awards: USC Tops List Of 19 Winners

Nineteen filmmakers have won this year’s Student Academy Awards, including four from USC. Past recipients of the annual honors include Spike Lee, Robert Zemeckis, John Lasseter and Trey Parker, and winners have gone on to receive 59 Oscar nominations and won or shared 11 awards.

The winners revealed Wednesday will participate in a week of industry activities culminating in the 45th Student Academy Awards ceremony October 11 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Medal placements — gold, silver and bronze — in seven categories will be unveiled at the event.

The winners announced today will also eligible to compete for this year’s Oscars in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film or Documentary Short Subject categories. This past year, two 2017 Student Academy Award winners received Live Action Short nominations.

The awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work. This year’s winners were chosen from 1,582 entries from 278 domestic and 122 international colleges.

Here is the full list of winners:

Alternative (Domestic Film Schools)

Shae Demandt, “Reanimated,” Florida State University

Animation (Domestic Film Schools)

Yu Yu, “Daisy,” University of Southern California
Hanna Kim, “Raccoon and the Light,” California Institute of the Arts
Eaza Shukla, “Re-Gifted,” Ringling College of Art and Design

Animation (International Film Schools)

Pierre Perveyrie, Maximilien Bougeois, Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen-Duc and Quentin Dubois, “The Green Bird,” MOPA

Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)

Mathieu Faure, “An Edited Life,” New York University
Lauren Schwartzman, “Dust Rising,” University of California, Berkeley
Yiying Li, “Love & Loss,” University of Southern California

Documentary (International Film Schools)

Mart Bira, “Nomadic Doctor,” University of Hertfordshire

Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)

Brian Robau, “Esta Es Tu Cuba”/“This Is Your Cuba,” Chapman University
Kelley Kali, “Lalo’s House,” University of Southern California
Hua Tong, “Spring Flower,” University of Southern California

Narrative (International Film Schools)

István Kovács, “A Siege,” University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest
Lisa Gertsch, “Almost Everything,” Zurich University of the Arts
Jonatan Etzler, “Get Ready with Me,” Stockholm Academy of the Arts

This is the first time that students from the San Diego’s Museum of Photographic Arts and the UK’s University of Hertfordshire have been honored. This year also marks the return of Chapman University’s Brian Robau, who was a Silver Medal winner in 2016. And for the first time, a team of five directors is being honored in the International Animation category; the limit had previously been two directors that could be honored per film.

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