USC, NYU, CalArts and Florida State Win Top Honors at Student Academy Awards

All of the student winners will now be eligible for the Academy Awards, where 11 Student Oscar winners have been nominated in the past decade

45th Student Academy Awards winners
Left to right, narrative Student Academy Award winners Hua Tong, Brian Robau and Kelley Kali / Photo by AMPAS

Students from California Institute of the Arts, Florida State University, New York University and the University of Southern California won the gold medals on Thursday night at the 2018 Student Academy Awards, which were handed out at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

FSU student Shae Demandt won gold in the alternative category for “Reanimated,” CalArts’ Hanna Kim won in the animation category for “Raccoon and the Light,” NYU’s Mathieu Faure won in documentary for “An Edited Life” and USC’s Hua Tong won in narrative for “Spring Flower.”

Other awards in animation went to USC and Ringling College of Art and Design; in documentary to USC and the University of California, Berkeley; and in narrative to USC and Chapman University.

In the international categories, the gold medals went to Pierre Perveyrie, Maximilien Bougeois, Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen-Duc and Quentin Dubois from MOPA for “The Green Bird,” Mart Bira from the University of Hertfordshire for “Nomadic Doctor” and Jonatan Etzler from the Stockholm Academy of the Arts for “Get Ready With Me.”

The winning students and films had already been announced, but the medal placements – gold, silver and bronze – were announced at the Student Oscars ceremony by presenters Kumail Nanjiani, Catherine Hardwicke, Arthur Dong and Patricia Riggen.

All winners, regardless of medal placement, are now eligible for this year’s Academy Awards. In the last 10 years, 11 Student Academy Awards winners have gone on to receive Oscar nominations, and one, 2010’s “God of Love,” has won.

The awards:

Alternative (Domestic Film Schools)
Gold: Shae Demandt, “Reanimated,” Florida State University

Animation (Domestic Film Schools)
Gold: Hanna Kim, “Raccoon and the Light,” California Institute of the Arts
Silver: Yu Yu, “Daisy,” University of Southern California
Bronze: Eaza Shukla, “Re-Gifted,” Ringling College of Art and Design

Animation (International Film Schools)
Gold: Pierre Perveyrie, Maximilien Bougeois, Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen-Duc and Quentin Dubois, “The Green Bird,” MOPA

Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)
Gold: Mathieu Faure, “An Edited Life,” New York University
Silver: Yiying Li, “Love & Loss,” University of Southern California
Bronze: Lauren Schwartzman, “Dust Rising,” University of California, Berkeley

Documentary (International Film Schools)
Gold: Mart Bira, “Nomadic Doctor,” University of Hertfordshire

Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)
Gold: Hua Tong, “Spring Flower,” University of Southern California
Silver: Kelley Kali, “Lalo’s House,” University of Southern California
Bronze: Brian Robau, “Esta Es Tu Cuba”/”This Is Your Cuba,” Chapman University

Narrative (International Film Schools)
Gold: Jonatan Etzler, “Get Ready with Me,” Stockholm Academy of the Arts
Silver: Lisa Gertsch, “Almost Everything,” Zurich University of the Arts
Bronze: István Kovács, “A Siege,” University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest