Press Release from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Beverly Hills, CA – Fifteen students from colleges and universities around the world were honored tonight (June 11) as winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 38th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. For several days, they had participated in a slate of industry-related activities and social events culminating in the awards ceremony, which featured as presenters actress Jennifer Garner, Oscar-nominated animator John Musker, and Academy Award-winning producer Edward Zwick alongside Academy President Tom Sherak at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
The 2011 winners are:Alternative categoryGold Medal*: "The Vermeers," Tal S. Shamir, The New School, New York* Only one medal was awarded in the Alternative category.
Animation categoryGold Medal (tie): "Correspondence," Zach Hyer, Pratt Institute, New York; and "Dragonboy," Bernardo Warman and Shaofu Zhang, Academy of Art University, CaliforniaBronze Medal: "Defective Detective," Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis, Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida
Documentary categoryGold Medal: "Vera Klement: Blunt Edge," Wonjung Bae, Columbia College ChicagoSilver Medal: "Imaginary Circumstances," Anthony Weeks, Stanford UniversityBronze Medal: "Sin Pais (Without Country)," Theo Rigby, Stanford University
Narrative categoryGold Medal: "Thief," Julian Higgins, American Film Institute, CaliforniaSilver Medal: "High Maintenance," Shawn Wines, Columbia UniversityBronze Medal: "Fatakra," Soham Mehta, University of Texas at Austin
Foreign Student Film categoryGold Medal: "Tuba Atlantic," Hallvar Witzo, The Norwegian Film School, NorwaySilver Medal: "Bekas," Karzan Kader, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, SwedenBronze Medal: "Raju," Max Zaehle, Hamburg Media School, Germany
While all winners knew they would each receive an award, their placement – Gold, Silver or Bronze – was not revealed until the ceremony. Gold Medal award winners received cash grants of $5,000, Silver Medal award winners received $3,000 and Bronze Medal award winners received $2,000.
The U.S. students first competed in one of three regional competitions. Each region was permitted to send to the Academy up to three finalists in each of the four categories. Academy members then screened the finalists' films and voted to select the winners. The foreign student winners were selected by Academy members at special voting screenings from a pool of 52 entries from 32 countries.
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. At the 83rd Academy Awards earlier this year, 2010 Student Academy Award winner Luke Matheny took home the Oscar for Live Action Short Film for "God of Love." Tanel Toom, another 2010 Student Academy Award winner, also was nominated in the Live Action Short Film category for "The Confession," and John Lasseter, a 1979 and 1980 Student Academy Award winner, was a nominee in the Adapted Screenplay category for "Toy Story 3."
ABOUT THE ACADEMYThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.