Student Academy Awards Nominations Out

Some familiar names popped up as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced the finalists for the 32nd annual Student Academy Awards competition. A total of 29 students from 18 colleges and universities made the cut and will have their films judged by Academy members as they vie for gold, silver and bronze medals and the accompanying cash prizes of $5000, $3000 and $2000.

The finalists in the Animation category are:

9 by Shane Acker, University of California, Los Angeles

Cold War by Gong Myung Lee and Brian Garrigan, School of Visual Arts, Ney York

Frog by Christopher Conforti, School of Visual Arts

Le Vieil Homme et Les Poissons by David Bokser, Savannah College of Art and Design, Gerogia

Things That Go Bump in the Night by Joshua G. Beveridge, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Fla.

To a Man with a Big Nose by Cecilia Aranovich, Santa Monica College, Calif.

Up by Larry McMahan, Columbia College, Chicago, Ill.

Welcome to My Life by Elizabeth Ito, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia

Ito’s hand-drawn look at the secret life of monsters, Welcome to My Life, was a runner-up in Animation Magazine’s annual Student Awards competition and Acker’s dark, CG animated fantasy short, 9, was recently named Best of Show in the Computer Animation Festival at SIGGRAPH, taking place July 31 through Aug. 4 in Los Angeles, Calif.

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. The Student Academy Awards will be presented during a ceremony on June 12.