The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that it is now accepting applications for its 2014 Student Academy Awards competition. Past Student Academy Award winners, including such well-known industry veterans as Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis, have gone on to receive a combined total of 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards.
The awards were established in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards, along with cash prizes, may be presented to student filmmakers in five categories: alternative, animation, narrative, documentary and foreign film.
The U.S. competition is open to all full-time college and university students at accredited institutions, whose films are made within the curricular structure of a film program or class at their respective schools. For 2014, the Academy has again limited the accepted accreditation agencies for U.S. institutions to the following: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; New England Association of Schools and Colleges; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Western Association of Schools and Colleges; and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. U.S. entries must be submitted by April 1, 2014.
In the foreign film category, entries are accepted only from full-time college and university students attending schools that are members of the international film school organization known as CILECT and located outside the borders of the United States. The deadline to submit a foreign student film for consideration is March 21, 2014.
The awards will be presented in June at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
For more information, visit: www.oscars.org/saa.