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The Academy’s 2018 Student Award Competition Now Accepting Applicants


Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

Student Winners Eligible for Oscar

The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2018 Student Academy Awards competition. All Student Academy Award winners become eligible for Oscars consideration. For the fourth year, students are asked to submit their films online, using FilmFreeway, a widely used festival and competition platform.

The U.S. competition is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students whose films are made within the curricular structure of an eligible accredited school.

The international competition allows two options for students at international film schools to submit their films. In addition to CILECT-member schools, submitting one student film per international film school category, international students may now enter films that qualify through film festivals recognized by the Student Academy Awards Executive Committee.

Complete rules, the SAA qualifying film festivals list and a link to the online submission platform are available at

The entry deadline for submissions is Friday, June 1.

The 45th Student Academy Awards presentation will be held on Thursday, October 11th at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Past winners have gone on to receive 59 Oscar nominations and have won or shared 10 awards. This year, two 2017 Student Academy Award winners received Oscar nominations in the Live Action Short Film category: Katja Benrath, a Gold Medal winner in the Narrative (International Film Schools) category for Watu Wote/All of Us, and Kevin Wilson, Jr., a Gold Medal winner in the Narrative (Domestic Film Schools) category for My Nephew Emmett.

Originating in 1972, the student Academy Award has helped usher in emerging innovative filmmakers from around the globe, including past winners: Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Patricia Riggen and Robert Zemeckis, just to name a few.

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