Thompson on Hollywood

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

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