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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is now accepting entries for its 2012 Student Academy Awards competition. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards, along with cash prizes, will be presented to student filmmakers in the alternative, animation, narrative, documentary and foreign student film categories.

The rules and online application forms are available at Oscars.org/saa.

The U.S. competition is open to all full-time college and university students at accredited institutions whose films are made within the curricular structure of a film program or class at their respective schools. For 2012, the Academy has limited the list of accepted accreditation agencies for U.S. institutions to the following: Middle States Assn. of Colleges and Schools; New England Assn. of Schools and Colleges; North Central Assn. of Colleges and Schools; Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Western Assn. of Schools and Colleges; and the Southern Assn. of Colleges and Schools. U.S. entries must be submitted by April 2.

In the foreign student film category, entries are accepted only from full-time college and university students attending schools that are members of the international film school organization known as CILECT (cilect.org) and located outside the borders of the U.S. The deadline to submit a foreign student film for consideration is March 23.

The 39th annual Student Academy Awards presentation will be held on Saturday, June 9, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 43 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards.