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Academy Announces Finalists for 2005 Student Academy Awards

Finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 32nd annual Student Academy Awards competition include 29 students from 18 colleges and universities.

Gold, silver and bronze medals, along with accompanying cash prizes of $5000, $3000 and $2000, may be awarded in each of the four categories. Winning filmmakers will participate in a week of industry-related and social activities, culminating in the presentation ceremony on June 12, 2005.

The animation finalists are (listed alphabetically by film title within category):

Animation9, Shane Acker, University of California, Los Angeles

COLD WAR, Gong Myung Lee and Brian Garrigan, School of Visual Arts, New York

FROG, Christopher Conforti, School of Visual Arts

LE VIEIL HOMME ET LES POISSONS, David Bokser, Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia

THINGS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT, Joshua G. Beveridge, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida

TO A MAN WITH A BIG NOSE, Cecilia Aranovich, Santa Monica College, California

UP, Larry McMahan, Columbia College, Chicago, Illinois

WELCOME TO MY LIFE, Elizabeth Ito, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

Students competed in one of three regional competitions, which in turn, forward up to four nominees. An honorary foreign film student also will be honored by the Academy. Five students from Germany, Israel, Italy, The Netherlands and the U.K. have been named as finalists.

The Student Academy Awards were established by the Academy in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.