36th Annual Student Academy Awards
One of the Academy’s most popular annual events is the Student Academy Awards ceremony, which honors outstanding student filmmakers from across the country. Awards are presented in four categories: Alternative, Animation, Documentary and Narrative. Finalists are announced in advance, but their placement – Gold, Silver or Bronze Medal – is not revealed until the ceremony. An Honorary Foreign Film award is also presented to a promising student filmmaker from outside the United States.
Since the program was established in 1972, Student Academy Award winners have earned 37 Oscar® nominations (individual or collaborative), directed two films that received the Academy Award® for Foreign Language Film, received a Special Achievement Oscar, and won or shared six Academy Awards. Among the past Student Academy Award winners who have gone on to prominent careers as filmmakers are John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Robert Zemeckis and Trey Parker. Reto Caffi, who received the Honorary Foreign Film Award at last year’s Student Academy Awards ceremony for “Auf der Strecke (On the Line),” went on to earn a 2008 Oscar nomination in the Live Action Short Film category.
Notable Academy members serve as presenters at the ceremony, and clips from each of the winning films are shown. Following the awards presentation, the Gold Medal-winning films and the Honorary Foreign Film are screened in their entirety.
- Saturday, June 13, at 6 p.m.
- Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211