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Medalists Revealed at 2017 Student Academy Awards

Ringling students’ ‘In a Heartbeat’ takes gold in the animation category.

Jennifer Yuh Nelson presents the gold medal in the animated film category to Beth David and Esteban Bravo for ‘In a Heartbeat’ at the 44th annual Student Academy Awards.

LOS ANGELES -- The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored 17 student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 44th Student Academy Awards ceremony, held Oct. 12 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The gold, silver and bronze medal awards were announced and presented by actors Amber Tamblyn and Andy Serkis, producer DeVon Franklin and director Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

The 2017 Student Academy Award winners are:

Alternative (Domestic Film Schools)

  • Gold: Opera of Cruelty, Max R. A. Fedore, New York University 

Animation (Domestic Film Schools)

  • Gold: In a Heartbeat, Beth David and Esteban Bravo, Ringling College of Art and Design
  • Silver: Cradle, Devon Manney, University of Southern California
  • Bronze: E-delivery, Young Gul Cho, School of Visual Arts 

Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)

  • Gold: Hale, Brad Bailey, University of California, Berkeley
  • Silver: On Pointe, Priscilla Thompson and Joy Jihyun Jeong, Columbia University
  • Bronze: One Way Home, Qingzi Fan, New York University 

Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)

  • Gold: My Nephew Emmett, Kevin Wilson, Jr., New York University
  • Silver: Mammoth, Ariel Heller, University of Southern California
  • Bronze: Who's Who in Mycology, Marie Dvorakova, New York University 

Narrative (International Film Schools)

  • Gold: Watu Wote, Katja Benrath, Hamburg Media School
  • Silver: Facing Mecca, Jan-Eric Mack, Zurich University of the Arts
  • Bronze: When Grey Is a Colour, Marit Weerheijm, Netherlands Film Academy 

Animation (International Film Schools)

  • Gold: Life Smartphone, Chenglin Xie, China Central Academy of Fine Arts (China) 

Documentary (International Film Schools)

  • Gold: Galamsey, Johannes Preuss, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

New this year, the competition was expanded to allow two options for students at international film schools to submit their films. In addition to CILECT-member schools submitting one student film per international film school category, international students may now enter films that qualify through film festivals recognized by the Student Academy Awards Executive Committee.

Source: AMPAS

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