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Student Academy Award Winners Dominated by California Schools

Led by the American Film Institute, California schools won eight of the 11 U.S. awards this year


The Academy announced the names of the 14 films and 15 filmmakers that will receive Student Academy Awards for 2015 on Tuesday, with eight of the 11 U.S. winners coming from California film schools.

The American Film Institute swept the Narrative category, winning all three awards.

Other winning schools from California included Chapman University, CalArts, the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, Stanford University and the University of Southern California.

From outside California, awards were won by the School of Visual Arts in New York, which took two awards, and Brown University in Rhode Island.

In the Foreign Film category, two of the winners were from Germany and one from Austria.

The winners were chosen by Academy members from a record 1,686 submissions from 282 U.S. and 93 international schools. The initial announcement names the winners, but does not reveal the level of award — gold, silver or bronze — each won. Medal placement will be announced at the Student Academy Awards on Sept. 17 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at the Academy headquarters in Beverly Hills.

The ceremony will culminate a week of activities for the winning filmmakers.

All 14 winners, regardless of level, are now eligible for the 2015 Academy Awards in the short-film categories.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972, with past winners including Spike Lee, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Pixar’s John Lasseter and Pete Docter.

The list:

“Chiaroscuro,” Daniel Drummond, Chapman University, California
“Zoe,” ChiHyun Lee, The School of Visual Arts, New York

“An Object at Rest,” Seth Boyden, California Institute of the Arts
“Soar,” Alyce Tzue, Academy of Art University, San Francisco
“Taking the Plunge,” Nicholas Manfredi and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, The School of Visual Arts

“Boxeadora,” Meg Smaker, Stanford University
“I Married My Family’s Killer,” Emily Kassie, Brown University
“Looking at the Stars,” Alexandre Peralta, University of Southern California

“Day One,” Henry Hughes, American Film Institute, California
“Stealth,” Bennett Lasseter, American Film Institute
“This Way Up,” Jeremy Cloe, American Film Institute

Foreign Film
“Everything Will Be Okay…,” Patrick Vollrath, Filmakademie Wien, Austria
“Fidelity,” Ilker Catak, Hamburg Media School, Germany
“The Last Will,” Dustin Loose, Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany