The Academy has voted 17 students as winners of the 43rd Student Academy Awards® competition. The Academy received a record number of entries this year – 1,749 films from 286 domestic and 95 international colleges and universities – which were voted by a record number of Academy members. The 2016 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.
The winners are:
All These Voices by David Henry Gerson / American Film Institute
Cloud Kumo by Yvonne Ng / City College of New York
The Swan Girl by Johnny Coffeen / Maharishi University of Management
Die Flucht by Carter Boyce / DePaul University
Once upon a Line by Alicja Jasina / USC
The Wishgranter by Echo Wu / Ringling College of Art and Design
Fairy Tales by Rongfei Guo / New York University
4.1 Miles by Daphne Matziaraki / University of California, Berkeley
From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City by Elise Conklin / Michigan State University
It’s Just a Gun by Brian Robau / Chapman University
Nocturne in Black by Jimmy Keyrouz / Columbia University
Rocket by Brenna Malloy / Chapman University
Invention of Trust by Alex Schaad / University of Television and Film Munich (Germany)
Tenants by Klara Kochanska / The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School (Poland)
Where the Woods End by Felix Ahrens / Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (Germany)
Ayny by Ahmad Saleh / Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Germany)
The Most Beautiful Woman by Maya Sarfaty / Tel Aviv University (Israel)
First-time honors go to Maharishi University of Management, DePaul University, Michigan State University, The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz.
All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for 2016 Oscars® in the Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film or Live Action Short Film category. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 49 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared eight awards in several categories, including Writing, Directing, Documentary Feature and Animated Feature Film.
New this year, the Foreign Film category has been expanded to include separate awards for narrative, animation and documentary entries. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards will be given in the Foreign Narrative category; Gold Medal awards will be given in the Foreign Animation and the Foreign Documentary categories. The U.S. competition categories remain the same: Alternative, Animation, Narrative and Documentary. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards will be given in each. The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.
Text from the official website of the Academy Awards, film still from Karlovy Vary Film Festival