NYU, USC Lead Student Academy Award Winners

The prize levels will be announced at the Student Academy Awards ceremony on October 12 in Beverly Hills

"Cradle" by Devon Manney

New York University scored four winning films in the 2017 Student Academy Awards, the Academy announced on Wednesday. The University of Southern California had two winners and was the only other school with more than one winning film.

Other U.S. schools that won Student Oscars are the School of Visual Arts, the Ringing College of Art and Design, the University of California, Berkeley and Columbia University.

Foreign films from schools in Switzerland, Germany, the Netherlands and China won in the Student Oscars’ foreign categories.

All the winning films are now eligible in the short-film categories for the 2017 Oscars.

The films were chosen from among 1,587 submissions by 356 film schools around the world.

Past Student Academy Award winners include Spike Lee, John Lasseter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker, Pete Docter and Cary Fukunaga.

While the Academy announcement names the winning films, it does not reveal the level of prize each wins. The gold, silver and bronze level winners will be announced on Thursday, October 12 at the Student Academy Awards ceremony at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The ceremony will cap a week-long series of events for the student filmmakers.

The winners:

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)