NYU student Mark Millhone walked away with the Gold Medal Award in the dramatic category for his film “Christmas in New York,” at the 24th Annual Student Academy Awards Sunday night .
The film about a Christmas mugging was one of 10 films from eight colleges and universities that received awards at the sold-out ceremony at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
“I’d like to thank the guy who mugged me on Christmas three years ago,” Millhone said. “Sometimes you don’t know when you’re lucky.”
Actor Ed Harris also presented Gold Medals to: Robert Geller of NYU for his Alternative Category film “Erosion,” Mark Dale Levine of UCLA for the Animation Category film, “Unborn Baby Blues,” and Chris Sheridan of Scottsdale Community College for his documentary “Walk This Way.”
Silver medalists were Charles R. Uy, “Waiting in the Wings” (Dramatic); Andrea Clark “My Divorce” (Alternative); and Kim Roberts, “Miriam is Not Amused” (Documentary).
Bronze medals went to Chris Angel, “Mr. October” (Dramatic) and Jennifer Haskin-O’Reggio, “The Mirror Lied” (Documentary).
In addition to trophies, gold medal winners received $2,000 in cash. Silver medalists were awarded $1,500 in cash and bronze medalists got $1,000.
Academy first vice president Sid Ganis presented the Honorary Foreign Film Award to Raymond Boy, of the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, Germany, for his film, “An Ordinary Mission.”
Uy also won the Directors Guild of America Student Film Award for “Waiting in the Wings,” which includes a $1,000 cash grant and an opportunity to observe filming for up to 13 weeks with a DGA member.