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569 Films Compete for 2012 Student Academy Awards

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood April 15, 2012 at 6:28AM

2012 marks the 39th year of the Student Academy Awards. 569 films are competing this year: 518 entries are from students in the States, representing 105 colleges and universities, and 51 more entries are from 29 countries around the world.
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Student Academy Awards

2012 marks the 39th year of the Student Academy Awards. 569 films are competing this year: 518 entries are from students in the States, representing 105 colleges and universities, and 51 more entries are from 29 countries around the world.  A complete list of schools and countries represented in the competition is available here.

The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the college level. Categories include Alternative, Animation, Documentary, Narrative and Foreign Student Film.

The competition culminates in the awards presentation on Saturday, June 9 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where they will screen the winning films.  Winners of previous Student Academy Awards have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and 8 wins. Wow.
 

This article is related to: Filmmaker Toolkit, Student Filmmakers, Academy Awards


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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.