College filmmakers vie for kudos

[No Paragraph Style]Text Lead Graph (Text Styles)Text (Text Styles)Students from NYU, Stanford and the AFI are among the finalists for the 38th annual Student Academy Awards competition.

The documentary, animation and narrative film categories each have nine finalists, and alternative has four. Finalists have already competed on the regional level and now vie for the top prize.

Academy members will screen each of the finalists’ films and vote. Winners will receive gold, silver and bronze medal awards and cash grants of $5,000, $3,000 and $2,000, respectively.

A category for foreign student films has been inaugurated, with finalists from the Czech Republic, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the U.K.

Winners will be brought to L.A. for the Student Academy Awards ceremony on June 11 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The event is free and open to the public, though tickets are required. Tix can be requested online at www.oscars.org

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