2017 Student Academy Award Winners Revealed

Life Smartphone
Life Smartphone

The Academy has winnowed down the contenders for the 44th Student Academy Awards competition to 17 winners, representing a promising new generation of moviemakers. This year’s contest received a total of 1,587 entries from 267 domestic and 89 international colleges and universities, which were then voted on by a record number of participating Academy members. Notably, 2017 marks the first win for Beijing’s China Central Academy of Fine Arts, in the international animation race.

View the nominees here. The animated winners, alphabetical by film title, are:

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

Animation (International Film Schools)

Life Smartphone, Chenglin Xie, China Central Academy of Fine Arts (China)

The winners will head to LA for a week of industry activities leading up to the awards ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where the medal placements (Gold, Silver and Bronze) will be revealed where applicable. 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.

The SAA ceremony is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required — you can get tickets through oscars.org.

Life Smartphone–Trailer from Chenglin Xie on Vimeo.

Cradle

Cradle

Life Smartphone

Life Smartphone

In a Heartbeat

In a Heartbeat

E-delivery

E-delivery