The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted 18 students as winners of the 47th Student Academy Awards competition. The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.
This year, the student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,474 entries from 207 domestic and 121 international colleges and universities. The 2020 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Patricia Riggen and Robert Zemeckis.
Curry Sicong Tian, a University of Southern California student, won for “Simulacra” in the Alternative/Experimental (Domestic and International Film Schools) category.
For the category of Animation (Domestic Film Schools), winners included Rhode Island School of Design student Pilar Garcia-Fernandezsesma for “Ciervo;” School of Visual Arts students Daniela Dwek, Maya Mendonca and Chrisy Baek for “Hamsa;” and Ringling College of Art & Design students Kate Namowicz and Skyler Porras for “Mime Your Manners.”
Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg student Pascal Schelbli won for “The Beauty” in the Animation (International Film Schools) category.
For the category of Documentary (Domestic Film Schools), winners included University of Southern California student Allison A. Waite for “The Dope Years: The Story of Latasha Harlins,” New York University student Laura Zéphirin for “Making Waves,” and University of Southern California student Yucong Chen for “Unfinished Lives.”
Westerdals Institute of Film and Media Kristiania University College student Maren Klakegg won with “Dear Father…” in the Documentary (International Film Schools) category.
In the category of Narrative (Domestic Film Schools), New York University students Karishma Dube won for “Bittu” and Talia Smith won for “Umama,” while University of Southern California student Rommel Villa Barriga won for “Sweet Potatoes.”
In the Narrative (International Film Schools) category, winners included Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica student Percival Argüero Mendoza for “Crescendo;” Institut des Arts de Diffusion student Marie McCourt for “I Was Still There When You Left Me;” and Tallinn University student German Golub for “My Dear Corpses.”
First-time honors went to Baltic Film & Media School, Tallinn University, Estonia, and Institut des Arts de Diffusion, Belgium.
All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for 2020 Oscars in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film or Documentary Short Subject category.
Past winners have gone on to receive 64 Oscar nominations and have won or shared 13 awards.
The medal placements – gold, silver and bronze – in the seven award categories will be revealed in a virtual program highlighting the winners and their films on Oct. 21.
For information, visit oscars.org.
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