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2023 Student Academy Award Winners Announced

‘Boom,’ ‘Diplomatie de l’Éclipse,’ and ‘Mum’s Spaghetti’ honored in animation; all winning films now eligible for 2023 Oscars.

14 student films have been named winners at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 50th Student Academy Awards competition.  This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 2.443 entries from 720 colleges and universities around the world.  The 2023 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Spike Lee, Patricia Riggen, and Robert Zemeckis.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by category):


Leo Behrens, Skin, American Film Institute


Gabriel Augerai, Romain Augier & Yannick Jacquin, Boom, École des Nouvelles Images, France

César Luton, Achille Pasquier & Clémence Bailly, Diplomatie de l’Éclipse, MoPA 3D Animation School, France

Lisa Kenney, Mum’s Spaghetti, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom


Lyuwei Chen, Duet, New York University

Jean Chapiro, Hasta Encontrarlos (Till We Find Them), Columbia University

Giorgio Ghiotto, Wings of Dust, New York University


Mark Gerstorfer, Invisible Border, Filmakademie Wien, Austria

Iain Aigin Stronach Forbes, Revisited, Den Norske Filmskolen, Norway

Tamara Denić, Istina (Truth), Hamburg Media School, Germany

First-time honors go to École des Nouvelles Images (France).

All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for 2023 Oscars in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film or Documentary Short Film category.  Past winners have gone on to receive 67 Oscar nominations, winning or sharing 12 awards.

Students will participate in an in-person award ceremony on Tuesday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m., at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  The medal placements – gold, silver and bronze – in the four award categories will be announced at the ceremony.

The 50th Student Academy Awards ceremony on October 24 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required.  Tickets may be obtained online at starting today.  The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard.

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.

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