By Jerry Beck | Animation Scoop May 18, 2014 at 12:00PM
The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):
Higher Sky, Teng Cheng, University of Southern California
Owned, Daniel Clark and Wesley Tippetts, Brigham Young University, Utah
Yamashita, Hayley Foster, Loyola Marymount University, California
Yamashita is the story of a young Japanese-American girl who struggles with discovering her identity, heritage, and the loss of her connection to her past in the context of the Japanese-American Internment of World War II. In addition to being a finalist in the Student Academy Awards, the film has also been selected for inclusion in 2014 Fine Cut: KCET’s Annual Festival of Student Films this June. Yamashita will air on the local KCET station as part of the four-week series that showcases some of the finest documentaries, comedic, dramatic and animated shorts by students. Yamashita also received the inaugural Woody Woodpecker Award from the Walter Lantz Foundation in the category of Best Animated Short, and it received three awards at the recent LMU student film festival, Film Outside the Frame. Foster said, “It's a tremendous honor to have my film included as one of the winners for the Student Academy Awards. I appreciate it as a testament to my hard work and dedication in my senior year, the work of my friends and loved ones who aided me in its production, and all my professors who guided me through the four years I spent at LMU.” "We're all incredibly proud of Hayley. Her film is visually poetic, with so much historical and cultural authenticity. Then, for the Academy to give her a student Oscar is the perfect Hollywood ending," said Tom Klein, Associate Professor and Chair of the Animation Department, School of Film and Television.
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.
The 41st Student Academy Awards ceremony on June 7 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained online at www.oscars.org or by mail. Any remaining tickets will be made available at the door on the evening of the event. The DGA Theater is located at 7920 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. For more information, call (310) 247-2677.