The 40th annual Student Academy Awards honored 16 students from various universities on June 8, with USC and the U. of Texas, Austin among top winners.
Former Student Academy Award winner (1978) and writer-director Bob Saget hosted the kudos at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, while Kimberly Peirce, Clark Gregg, Jason Schwartzman and Quvenzhane Wallis presented the honors.
The awards have a different format from the Oscars, with the student awards placing directors as gold, silver and bronze winners in five categories (alternative, animation, documentary, narrative and foreign).
Schools that received honors for the first time included Elon University, Occidental College and the University of Michigan in the U.S. competition. Zurich University of the Arts and RITS School of Arts and Erasmus University College Brussels were first time winners in the foreign competition.
Winners are as follows:
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Gold Medal: “Bottled Up,” Rafael Cortina, Occidental College
Silver Medal: “Zug,” Perry Janes, University of Michigan
Bronze Medal: “The Compositor,” John Mattiuzzi, School of Visual Arts
Gold Medal: “Dia de los Muertos,” Lindsey St. Pierre and Ashley Graham, Ringling College of Art and Design
Silver Medal: “Will,” Eusong Lee, California Institute of the Arts
Bronze Medal: “Peck Pocketed,” Kevin Herron, Ringling College of Art and Design
Gold Medal: “A Second Chance,” David Aristizabal, USC
Silver Medal: “Every Tuesday: A Portrait of The New Yorker Cartoonists,” Rachel Loube, School of Visual Arts
Bronze Medal: “Win or Lose,” Daniel Koehler, Elon University
Gold Medal: “Ol’ Daddy,” Brian Schwarz, University of Texas at Austin
Silver Medal: “Josephine and the Roach,” Jonathan Langager, USC
Bronze Medal: “Un Mundo para Raúl (A World for Raúl),” Mauro Mueller, Columbia University
Gold Medal: “Miss Todd,” Kristina Yee, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom
Silver Medal: “Parvaneh,” Talkhon Hamzavi, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland
Bronze Medal: “Tweesprong (Crossroads),” Wouter Bouvijn, RITS School of Arts, Erasmus University College Brussels, Belgium