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Student Academy Award Winners Announced

May 19, 2009
Twelve students from eight U.S. colleges and universities have been named winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 36th Annual Student Academy Awards competition.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title within category):

Alternative
“Alice’s Attic,” Robyn Yannoukos, University of California, Los Angeles
“Matter in a Quiescent State, Prepares Itself to Be Transformed,” Kwibum Chung, School of Visual Arts, New York

Animation
“Kites,” Jed Henry, Brigham Young University
“Pajama Gladiator,” Glenn Harmon, Brigham Young University
“Sebastian’s Voodoo,” Joaquin Baldwin, University of California, Los Angeles

Documentary
“The Last Mermaids,” Liz Chae, Columbia University
“A Place to Land,” Lauren DeAngelis, American University, Washington, D.C.
“The Wait,” Cassandra Lizaire and Kelly Asmuth, Columbia University

Narrative
“Bohemibot,” Brendan Bellomo, New York University
“The Bronx Balletomane,” Jeremy Joffee, City College of New York
“Kavi,” Gregg Helvey, University of Southern California

Honorary Foreign Film
“Elkland,” Per Hanefjord, Dramatiska Institutet, Sweden

While the U.S. winners know they will each receive an award, their placement – Gold, Silver or Bronze – will not be revealed until the June 13 ceremony. Gold Medal winners receive cash grants of $5,000, Silver Medal winners receive $3,000 and Bronze Medal winners receive $2,000. The Honorary Foreign Film winner receives a $1,000 cash grant.

The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past Student Academy Award® winners have gone on to receive 37 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared six awards.

Two former Student Academy Award winners were nominees at the 81st Academy Awards held earlier this year – Pete Docter, who earned a Student Academy Award in 1992, received his fourth nomination for the Original Screenplay for “WALL-E,” and Reto Caffi, last year’s Honorary Foreign Film award winner, received his first nomination for the live action short film “Auf der Strecke (On the Line).”

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 13, at 6 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

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