Short films “Day One” and “Lucy” topped the BAFTA U.S. student competition on Thursday.
“Day One,” directed by Afghan war vet Henry Hughes of AFI, took the BAFTA U.S. Student Award while a special jury chose the animated “Lucy” from DePaul U.’s Zoe Lubeck for the AKA prize.
This year BAFTA/LA went national for the competition partnering with BAFTA/NY. Of nearly 800 films from 89 invited schools the selection was narrowed to eight. They were, besides “Day One” and “Lucy,” the live-action “A Mighty Nice Man,” directed by Jonathan Dee of Columbia; “Grooming” by Kaushik Sampath and “South Arcadia St.” by Melanie D’Andrea, both of USC; toons “Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou,” directed by Michael Bidinger and Michelle Kwon of Ringling College of Art and Design; “Soar” by Alice Tzue of Academy of Art U.; and “Wire Cutters” by Jack Anderson of Chapman.
“The breadth of innovation in the eight finalists was truly staggering,” Wright said. “Not just in terms of production value and performances, but the ingenuity in the story telling. It was a pleasure to sit there and see the future.”
Sheen added: “I wish I could spend every evening so enjoyably; eight incredibly diverse, entertaining, challenging, disturbing and beautiful films.”
“We are deeply committed to celebrating new talent, and supporting those who demonstrate the potential to rise to the very top of our profession” said Kieran Breen, BAFTA/LA chairman. “By connecting promising international students with BAFTA’s membership and educational programming, we work to ensure that the fruitful relationship between the U.K. and international industries continues long into the future.”
(Pictured AKA’s Larry Korman, Michael Sheen and “Lucy’s” Zoe Lubeck.)