The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored 15 student winners from colleges and universities around the world at the 41st Student Academy Awards ceremony, held at the Directors Guild of America Theater in Hollywood this weekend. The gold, silver and bronze medals were announced and presented by actors Adrian Grenier, Nate Parker and Oscar nominee Demian Bichir, and the Oscar-winning directing/producing team from the animated feature Frozen, Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho.
The 2014 Student Academy Award winners are:
Gold Medal: Person, Drew Brown, The Art Institute of Jacksonville, Florida
Silver Medal: Oscillate, Daniel Sierra, School of Visual Arts, New York
Gold Medal: Owned, Daniel Clark and Wesley Tippetts, Brigham Young University, Utah
Silver Medal: Higher Sky, Teng Cheng, University of Southern California
Bronze Medal: Yamashita, Hayley Foster, Loyola Marymount University, California
Gold Medal: The Apothecary, Helen Hood Scheer, Stanford University
Silver Medal: White Earth, J. Christian Jensen, Stanford University
Bronze Medal: One Child, Zijian Mu, New York University
Gold Medal: Above the Sea, Keola Racela, Columbia University, New York
Silver Medal: Door God, Yulin Liu, New York University
Bronze Medal: Interstate, Camille Stochitch, American Film Institute, California
Gold Medal: Nocebo, Lennart Ruff, University of Television and Film Munich, Germany
Silver Medal: Paris on the Water, Hadas Ayalon, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Bronze Medal: Border Patrol, Peter Baumann, The Northern Film School, United Kingdom
This year saw first-time honors go to Tel Aviv University, Israel, and The Northern Film School, United Kingdom, in the foreign competition.
The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. They include John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee.