The 2017 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.
The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):
Alternative (Domestic Film Schools)
"Opera of Cruelty," Max R. A. Fedore, New York University
Animation (Domestic Film Schools)
"Cradle," Devon Manney, University of Southern California
"E-delivery," Young Gul Cho, School of Visual Arts
"In a Heartbeat," Beth David and Esteban Bravo, Ringling College of Art and Design
Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)
"Hale," Brad Bailey, University of California, Berkeley
"On Pointe," Priscilla Thompson and Joy Jihyun Jeong, Columbia University
"One Way Home," Qingzi Fan, New York University
Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)
"Mammoth," Ariel Heller, University of Southern California
"My Newphew Emmett," Kevin Wilson, Jr., New York University
"Who’s Who in Mycology," Marie Dvorakova, New York University
Narrative (International Film Schools)
"Facing Mecca," Jan-Eric Mack, Zurich University of the Arts (Switzerland)
"Watu Wote/All of Us," Katja Benrath, Hamburg Media School (Germany)
"When Grey is a Colour," Marit Weerheijm, Netherlands Film Academy (Netherlands)
Animation (International Film Schools)
"Life Smartphone," Chenglin Xie, China Central Academy of Fine Arts (China)
Documentary (International Film Schools)
"Galamsey," Johannes Preuss, Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany)
First-time honors go to China Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.
All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for 2017 Oscars in the Animated Short Film or Live Action Short Film category and 2018 Oscars in the Documentary Short Subject category. Past winners have gone on to receive 57 Oscar nominations and have won or shared 11 awards. This year one 2016 Student Academy Award winner received an Oscar nomination in the Documentary Short Subject category: Daphne Matziaraki, a Gold Medal winner in the Documentary category for "4.1 Miles."
Students will arrive in Los Angeles for a week of industry activities that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Thursday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m., at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The medal placements – gold, silver and bronze – in the seven award categories will be announced at the ceremony.
New this year, the competition was expanded to allow two options for students at international film schools to submit their films. In addition to CILECT-member schools submitting one student film per international film school category, international students may now enter films that qualify through film festivals recognized by the Student Academy Awards Executive Committee.
The 44th Student Academy Awards ceremony on October 12 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained online at Oscars.org starting today. Any remaining tickets will be made available at the door on the evening of the event.
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.