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Student Academy Awards 2011 Add Foreign Student Category; 575 Films Compete

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood April 18, 2011 at 8:18AM

Five hundred and seventy-five films will compete for the 2011 Student Academy Awards, in its 38th year. The winning films, selected from the pool of films from 136 US colleges and universities as well as 32 countries, will be presented and screened on June 11 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Since 1972, the Academy has encouraged student filmmakers with this competition, which gives medals as well as cash grants to winners in each of its five categories: Animation, Narrative, Documentary, Alternative, and new this year - the Foreign Student Film category.
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Five hundred and seventy-five films will compete for the 2011 Student Academy Awards, in its 38th year. The winning films, selected from the pool of films from 136 US colleges and universities as well as 32 countries, will be presented and screened on June 11 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Since 1972, the Academy has encouraged student filmmakers with this competition, which gives medals as well as cash grants to winners in each of its five categories: Animation, Narrative, Documentary, Alternative, and new this year - the Foreign Student Film category.

This year's Oscar winner (Live Action Short Film, God of Love) Luke Matheny (a.k.a. the guy with the hair, pictured above in the film, acceptance speech below), was a Student Academy Award winner in 2010.

Disney/Pixar's John Lasseter, who shared a nomination this year for Best Adapted Screenplay (Toy Story 3), was a Student Academy Award winner in both 1979 and 1980. The program's student winners have gone on to score 43 Oscar nomination and eight wins.

The list of schools and countries represented in this year's competition is here. For free tickets to the ceremony, go to Oscar.org.

[Photo: via DelawareOnline]

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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.