Student Academy Awards Finalists Selected

Twenty-nine students from 17 colleges and universities have been selected as finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 31st annual Student Academy Awards competition. Their films will now be screened and judged by Academy members in order to select the winners for the June 13 ceremony.

The finalists in the animation category are:

The Box Man by Nirvan Mullick (California Institute of the Arts)

Cats by Chris Choy (California Institute of the Arts)

Criminals by Gregory Araya (University of Southern California)

Fragile by David Cumbo (Art Institute of Pittsburgh)

Going Up? By Marci Ellis (Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Fla.)

Lemmings by Craig Van Dyke (Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah)

Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher by Alexander Woo (New York University)

Rock the World by Sukwon Shin (School of Visual Arts, New York)

Son of Satan by JJ Villard (California Institute of the Arts)

Tricks for a Treat by Jeff Mednikow (School of Visual Arts, New York)

To reach this stage, students competed in one of three regional competitions. Each of those regions was permitted to submit to the Academy up to three finalist films in each of the four categories. Gold, silver and bronze medals, along with accompanying cash prizes of $5000, $3000 and $2000, may be awarded in each of the categories.