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2012 Student Academy Awards Selects Foreign Winners

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood May 11, 2012 at 4:17PM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected three international student film winners, from 51 entries representing 29 countries for the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. The student filmmakers will be brought to Los Angeles to join U.S.-based Student Academy Award recipients for a week of industry activities.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected three international student film winners, from 51 entries representing 29 countries for the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. The student filmmakers will be brought to Los Angeles to join U.S.-based Student Academy Award recipients for a week of industry activities, which will culminate in the awards ceremony on Saturday, June 9.  The films will receive Gold, Silver, or Bronze medals, earning them $5000, $3000, or $2000 respectively.


The 2012 Foreign Film winners (listed alphabetically by film title):

"For Elsie," David Winstone, University of Westminster, United Kingdom

"Of Dogs and Horses," Thomas Stuber, Film Academy Baden-Wüerttemberg, Germany

"The Swing of the Coffin Maker," Elmar Imanov, The International Film School Cologne, Germany


Several past winners in the Foreign Film competition have gone on to earn further recognition from the Academy.  At the 84th Academy Awards earlier this year, 2011 Student Academy Award winners Hallvar Witzø and Max Zähle were nominated in the Live Action Short Film category for "Tuba Atlantic" and "Raju," respectively.  The 2010 Foreign Film award winner, Tanel Toom, was a nominee at the 83rd Academy Awards in the Live Action Short Film category for "The Confession."  Two other previous student winners, Jan Sverak of the former Czechoslovakia, and Mike van Diem of The Netherlands, went on to direct films that won Oscars in the Foreign Language Film category.
 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.