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Winners Selected for 2005 Student Academy Awards

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May 23, 2005, 10:28

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2004 Student Academy Award® Winners
Beverly Hills, CA — Twelve students from 11 different colleges and universities have been named winners in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 32nd annual Student Academy Awards competition. They will participate in a week of industry-related activities and social events culminating June 12 with the awards presentation ceremony at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. One film student from Germany also has been selected to receive this year's Honorary Foreign Film Student Award.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title within category)

“Knock Knock,” Jaron Henrie-McCrea, Ball State University, Indiana
“Your Dark Hair Ihsan,” Tala Hadid, Columbia University, New York City

“9,” Shane Acker, University of California, Los Angeles
“Frog,” Christopher Conforti, School of Visual Arts, New York City
“Things That Go Bump in the Night,” Joshua G. Beveridge, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida

“The Life of Kevin Carter,” Dan Krauss, University of California, Berkeley
“Listen,” Kimby Caplan, Southern Methodist University
“Unhitched,” Erin Hudson and Ben Wu, Stanford University

“Charm,” Melissa Rossi, Florida State University Film School
“Victoria Para Chino,” Cary Fukunaga, New York University
“Wednesday Afternoon,” Alonso F. Mayo, American Film Institute, Los Angeles

Honorary Foreign Student Film Award
“The Runaway,” Ulrike Grote, University of Hamburg

While the U.S. students know they will each receive an award, the level of that award – gold, silver or bronze – will not be revealed until the June 12 ceremony. Besides trophies, gold medalists receive $5,000, silver medalists are awarded $3,000 and bronze medal recipients are presented with $2,000. There will be no Bronze Medal presented in the Alternative category.

The American students first competed in one of three regional competitions. Each of those regions was permitted to send to the Academy as many as three films in each of the four categories as finalists. Academy members then screened the films and voted to select the winners.

The Honorary Foreign Film winner was selected from an original pool of 38 submissions from 25 countries. This is the eighth time that a student film from Germany has won this particular award and the second award for the University of Hamburg.

The Student Academy Awards were established by the Academy in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.

The June 12 Student Academy Awards presentation ceremony begins at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Clips from the bronze and silver medalists will be shown and the gold medal films and Honorary Foreign Student film will be screened in their entirety. Seating is on a first-come basis only and early arrival is suggested as once capacity is reached, no one will be admitted, even with a ticket. To request a maximum of four tickets, call the Academy at (310) 247-3000, ext. 130. The Academy is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills.

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