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Ringling Duo Nab Toon Gold Medal at Student Oscars

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Ringling Duo Nab Toon Gold Medal at Student Oscars

Ringling College of Art and Design students Lindsey St. Pierre and Ashley Graham won the gold medal in the animation category at the 40th Student Academy Awards for their film Dia De Los Muertos.

Here’s a clip from the CG-animated short:

The silver medal award went to Will, a film by Eusong Lee from California Institute of the Arts, with the bronze going to Peck Pocketed, by Kevin Herron, also from Ringling.

Here’s clips from the other winners:

The three films had previously been announced as the winners, with the placement revealed this weekend at a ceremony hosted by actor Bob Saget and featuring as presenters actors Clark Gregg, Jason Schwartzman and Quvenzhane Wallis.

Medal placements were also announced in the following categories:


  • Gold Medal: Bottled Up, Rafael Cortina, Occidental College
  • Silver Medal: Zug, Perry Janes, University of Michigan
  • Bronze Medal: The Compositor, John Mattiuzzi, School of Visual Arts


  • Gold Medal: A Second Chance, David Aristizabal, University of Southern California
  • Silver Medal: Every Tuesday: A Portrait of The New Yorker Cartoonists, Rachel Loube, School of Visual Arts
  • Bronze Medal: Win or Lose, Daniel Koehler, Elon University


  • Gold Medal: Ol’ Daddy, Brian Schwarz, University of Texas at Austin
  • Silver Medal: Josephine and the Roach, Jonathan Langager, University of Southern California
  • Bronze Medal: Un Mundo para Raúl (A World for Raúl), Mauro Mueller, Columbia University

Foreign Film

  • Gold Medal: Miss Todd, Kristina Yee, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom
  • Silver Medal: Parvaneh, Talkhon Hamzavi, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland
  • Bronze Medal: Tweesprong (Crossroads), Wouter Bouvijn, RITS School of Arts, Erasmus University College Brussels, Belgium

The Student Academy Awards were established 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. The roster includes such distinguished filmmakers as John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee.

The 40th Student Academy Awards

The 40th Student Academy Awards


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