The Academy announced that it is now accepting entries for the 42nd Student Academy Awards competition, scheduled for Sept. 18, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. All Student Academy Award winners automatically become eligible for Oscar consideration.
Beginning this year, students are able to submit their films online using FilmFreeway, a widely used festival and competition platform. Also new this year, the entry deadline has moved to June 1, and the awards ceremony date has been changed from June to September to better align the competition with the academic calendar.
Past winners have gone on to receive 47 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. Two previous Student Academy Award winners received 2014 Oscar nominations: J. Christian Jensen, a 2014 Silver Medal winner, received a nomination for documentary short subject for White Earth, and Talkhon Hamzavi, a 2013 Silver Medal winner, received a nomination (with Stefan Eichenberger) for live action short film for Parvaneh. Past Student Academy Award winners include such acclaimed filmmakers as Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.
Awards may be presented to student filmmakers in the following categories: alternative, animation, narrative, documentary and foreign film.
For more information, visit www.oscars.org/saa.