Student Academy Awards

38 students from US colleges and nine from foreign universities have been selected as finalists in AMPAS' Student Academy Awards Competition. Winners will be brought to LA for industry activities and workshops in anticipation of the awards ceremony on June 8 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Finalists listed by film genre below.


"Beyond the Spheres," Meghdad Asadi Lari, Rochester Institute of Technology

"Bottled Up," Rafael Cortina, Occidental College

"Bye Hyungjik," Hyungjik Lee, Florida State University

"The Compositor," John Mattiuzzi, School of Visual Arts

"File Not Found," Maria Sequeira, University of Southern California

"The Pirate of Love," Sara Gunnarsdottir, California Institute of the Arts

"Zug," Perry Janes, University of Michigan


"Couch & Potatoes," Chris Lam and Eunsoo Jeong, San Jose State University

"Dia de los Muertos," Lindsey St. Pierre and Ashley Graham, Ringling College of Art and Design

"Drifters," Ethan Clarke, California Institute of the Arts

"Make a Wish," Heejin Kim, School of Visual Arts

"Peck Pocketed," Kevin Herron, Ringling College of Art and Design

"Runaway," Emily Buchanan and Esther Parobek, Ringling College of Art and Design

"Still I Breathe," Sang Ho Lee, School of Visual Arts

"Watercolors," Robert Kornstein, New York University

"Will," Eusong Lee, California Institute of the Arts


"The Battle of the Jazz Guitarist," Mark Columbus, University of California, Los Angeles

"Every Tuesday: A Portrait of The New Yorker Cartoonists," Rachel Loube, School of Visual Arts

"Everybody's Business," Laura Green, Stanford University

"Graceland Girls," Jordan Theresa Salvatoriello, Emerson College

"A Second Chance," David Aristizabal, University of Southern California

"Through the Fire," Eunice Lau, New York University

"Vultures of Tibet," Russell O. Bush, University of Texas at Austin

"Win or Lose," Daniel Koehler, Elon University

"Wonder Workshop," Amitabh Joshi and Erik Spink, School of Visual Arts


"Caught," Bruce Li, New York University

"Cootie Contagion," Joshua Smooha, Florida State University

"Footsteps," Thomas (Hyungkyun) Kim, New York University

"Josephine and the Roach," Jonathan Langager, University of Southern California

"Kalifornija," Tomas Vengris, American Film Institute

"The Midwife's Husband," Deja Bernhardt, University of Texas at Austin

"Ol' Daddy," Brian Schwarz, University of Texas at Austin

"Samnang," Asaph Polonsky, American Film Institute

"Un Mundo para Raul (A World for Raul)," Mauro Mueller, Columbia University

Foreign Film

"Erbgut (Liquidation)," Matthias Zuder, Hamburg Media School, Germany

"For Sverige i Tiden (King of Sweden)," Jonas Westbom, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sweden

"Kanyekanye," Miklas Manneke, AFDA The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and

Live Performance, South Africa

"The Library of Burned Books," Alasdair Beckett-King, London Film School, United Kingdom

"Miss Todd," Kristina Yee, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom

"MO," Jakub Kouril, FAMU, Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Czech Republic

"Parvaneh,"Talkhon Hamzavi, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland

"To Guard a Mountain," Izer Aliu, The Norwegian Filmschool, Norway

"Tweesprong (Crossroads)," Wouter Bouvijn, Rits School of Arts, Erasmus College Brussels, Belgium