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CalArts, Ringling, KCAI Projects Win Student Oscars

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CalArts, Ringling, KCAI Projects Win Student Oscars

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced student projects from CalArts, Ringling and the Kansas City Arts Institute as winners in the animation category at the 37th annual Student Academy Awards.

Three animation projects were chosen as finalists, with the filmmakers earning a weeklong trip to Los Angeles for various entertainment-industry events that will culminate June 12 in an awards ceremony in which it will be revealed which film won the gold, silver and bronze honors.

The full list of nominees follows:


Departure of Love, Jennifer Bors, Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida

Dried Up, Isaiah Powers and Jeremy Casper, Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri

Lifeline, Andres Salaff, California Institute of the Arts


Multiply, Emily Henricks, University of Southern California

Surface: Film from Below, Varathit Uthaisri, Parsons The New School for Design, New York


Dreams Awake (Suena Despierto), Kevin Gordon and Rebekah Meredith, Stanford University, California

Rediscovering Pape, Maria Royo, City College of New York

Yizkor (Remembrance), Ruth Fertig, University of Texas at Austin


Down in Number 5, Kim Spurlock, New York University

God of Love, Luke Matheny, New York University

The Lunch Box, Lubomir Kocka, Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia

Honorary Foreign Film

The Confession, Tanel Toom, The National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, United Kingdom

Gold medal award winners receive cash grants of $5,000, silver winners win $3,000 and bronze winners receive $2,000. The Honorary Foreign Film winner receives a $1,000 cash grant.

The U.S. students first competed in one of three regional competitions. Each region was permitted to send as many as three finalist films in each of four award categories. Academy members then screened the finalists’ films and voted to select the winners.

The ceremony on June 12 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained online at, in person at the Academy box office or by mail. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.

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