Acad taps student winners

Gala to fete honorees unspools June 8

See winnersThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has voted Student Academy Awards to 10 film students from nine U.S. universities.

The Academy also tapped “The Red Jacket” as winner of the honorary Foreign Film Award. Pic by Florian Baxmeyer, from the U. of Hamburg, beat 38 films from 25 countries, winning its helmer $1,000.

Winners of the Acad’s 30th annual competish will be lauded June 8 in Los Angeles.

In addition to Oscars, the winning 11 receive medals and corresponding cash prizes: gold ($5,000), silver ($3,000) and bronze ($2,000). While the U.S.-based students know they will receive an award, the cash prize will not be revealed until the ceremony.

Winners were tapped in four categories: alternative, animation, docu and narrative.

The winning films, which first triumphed in one of three regional competishes, were chosen by Acad members from pools of, at most, nine films per category.

Winners rep UC Berkeley, CalArts, Florida State U., Connecticut College, the American Film Institute, Stanford U., Rochester Institute of Technology and the Academy of Art College.

The complete list of award recipients follows:

  • Alternative: “The Projects Lumiere,” Waleed Moursi, CalArts

  • Animation: “Bert,” Moonsung Lee, Academy of Art College, San Francisco; “Perpetual Motion,” Kimberly Miner, Rochester Institute of Technology; “A Work in Progress,” Wes Ball, Florida State

  • Docu: “Indiana Aria,” Elizabeth Pollock, Berkeley; “Left Behind,” Christof Putzel, Connecticut College; “Those Who Trespass,” Renee Fischer, Stanford

  • Narrative: “Fine,” Michael Downing and Philip Svoboda, AFI; “Jesus Henry Christ,” Dennis Lee, Columbia; “La Milpa” (The Cornfield), Patricia Riggen, Columbia

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