9 Toon Finalists for Student Academy Awards


Nine animated films have been nominated as finalists for the 2014 Student Academy Awards.

Academy members will now vote to determine up to three winning films in each category. The winners, but not their medal placements, will be announced later this month and the winning students will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony June 7.

The finalists for the Animation category are:

  • Baxter, Ty Coyle, Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia
  • Goodnight Boon, Jeremy Jensen, New York University
  • Higher Sky, Teng Cheng, University of Southern California
  • Marcel, Eric Cunha and Seung Sung, School of Visual Arts, New York
  • Owned, Daniel Clark and Wesley Tippetts, Brigham Young University, Utah
  • Roadkill Redemption, Karl Hadrika, Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida
  • Two Ghosts, Amy Lee Ketchum, University of Southern California
  • Umbra, Pedro Jesus Atienzar Godoy, Pratt Institute, New York
  • Yamashita, Hayley Foster, Loyola Marymount University, California

Awards also are presented in the following categories: Alternative, Documentary, Narrative and Foreign Film.

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 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. They include John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee.

2014 Student Academy Awards

2014 Student Academy Awards

  • Ray Pointer

    I was the Midwest Regional Winner in 1973 for my animated short, “Goldnavel.”