Academy Announces Finalists For 2008 Student Oscars

Thirty-two students from 20 colleges and universities have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 35th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. Their films will now be screened for and judged by Academy members, who will vote to select the winners.

Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards, along with accompanying cash prizes of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000, respectively, may be presented in each of four categories. Winning filmmakers will participate in a week of industry-related and social activities, culminating in the awards ceremony on June 7.The finalists are (listed alphabetically by film title within category):

Alternative

CIRCLES OF CONFUSION, Phoebe Tooke, San Francisco State UniversityCOME WANDER WITH ME, Phillip Van, New York UniversityCOMFORT ZONE, Mandi Lin, California College of the ArtsA CONVOLUTION OF IMAGINED HISTORIES, Thomas Micah Stansell, Georgia State UniversityDOXOLOGY, Michael Langan, Rhode Island School of DesignFISH, Hyun Jeen Lee, The School of Visual Arts, New YorkVIOLA: THE TRAVELING ROOMS OF A LITTLE GIANT, Shih-Ting Hung, University of Southern California

Animation

THE GLOAMING, Andrew Huang, University of Southern CaliforniaMR. POPCORN, Alexander Krivicich, Cornell University, New YorkPAPER SHEPHERD, David Houry, The Cleveland Institute of Art, OhioSIMULACRA, Tatchapon Lertwirojkul, The School of Visual ArtsSNOW DAY, Kim Hazel, Ringling College of Art and Design, FloridaTOUMAI, Carlos Stevens, The Art Institute of Portland, OregonTHE VISIONARY, Evan Mayfield, Ringling College of Art and DesignZOOLOGIC, Nicole Mitchell, California Institute of the Arts

Documentary

AS WE FORGIVE, Laura Waters Hinson, American University, Washington, D.C.IF A BODY MEET A BODY, Brian Davis, University of Southern CaliforniaTHE LEGEND OF ROSALIE, Nicholas Berger, Stanford UniversityRECRUITER, Adam Salky, Columbia University, New YorkSONG OF A SPERM DONOR, Emmanuel Dayan, Stanford UniversityTIJUANA, Nada Mas, Yolanda Pividal, City College of New YorkUNATTACHED, J.J. Adler, Columbia University

Narrative

CASSANDRA, Mauricio Chernovetzky, San Diego State UniversityA DAY'S WORK, Rajeev Dassani, University of Southern CaliforniaA DEATH IN PROGRESS, Donald Bitters III, Columbia College ChicagoMR. A., Joe Murphy, Columbia UniversityPAL/SECAM, Dmitry Povolotsky, Columbia UniversityPICTURE DAY, Nick Paley, New York UniversityPITSTOP, Melanie McGraw, University of Southern CaliforniaRED WEDNESDAY, Nazanin Shirazi, University of Texas at AustinTHE STATE OF SUNSHINE, Z. Eric Yang, Florida State UniversityWIANBU -- COMFORT WOMAN, James Bang, Columbia University

Phillip Van (in the Alternative category) won the Silver Medal in the Narrative category in 2007 with his film HIGH MAINTENANCE.

To reach this stage, students competed in one of three regional competitions. Each region is permitted to send to the Academy up to three finalist films in each of the four categories. A foreign student also will be honored by the Academy in the Honorary Foreign Film category. Academy voters have selected students from the Czech Republic, Spain, Germany, Israel and Slovenia 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 35 Oscar nominations and have won or shared six Academy Awards. Two former Student Academy Award winners were nominees at the 80th Academy Awards held earlier this year -- James Longley and Amanda Micheli were nominated in the Documentary Short Subject category (for different films).

Tickets for the 35th Annual Student Academy Awards presentation ceremony, at which the Gold Medal-winning films and the winning foreign student film will be screened in their entirety, are free and now available. A maximum of four tickets may be requested online at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office, by mail, or by calling the Student Academy Awards department at 310-247-3000, ext. 130. The ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 7, at 6 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater, located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. Doors open at 5 p.m. All seating is unreserved.