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Student Academy Awards 2010: U.S. and Foreign Finalists Announced

U.S. and Foreign Finalists have been selected for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 37th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. Both groups of finalists and their films are listed below.

For the U.S. finalists, 37 students from 21 US colleges and universities have been selected. They include in their entirety:


  • Balance, Debra Sea, University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • Multiply, Emily Henricks, University of Southern California
  • My Mother’s Prelude, Imran Shafi, University of Southern California
  • Surface: Film from Below, Varathit Uthaisri, Parsons The New School for Design, New York
  • Water, Moon, Mirror, Flower, Tianran Duan, University of Southern California


  • Deadline, Bang Lao Yir, Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia
  • Departure of Love, Jennifer Bors, Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida
  • Down to the Bone, Peter Ahern, Pratt Institute, New York
  • Dried Up, Isaiah Powers and Jeremy Casper, Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri
  • Lifeline, Andres Salaff, California Institute of the Arts
  • Mashed, Adam Fisher, Rochester Institute of Technology, New York
  • Piece of Cake, Eliza Ivanova, California Institute of the Arts
  • The Wonder Hospital, Beomsik Shimbe Shim, California Institute of the Arts


  • A’plas, Diego Colombi, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Arresting Ana, Lucie Schwartz, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dreams Awake (Suena Despierto), Kevin Gordon and Rebekah Meredith, Stanford University, California
  • Ecoviews: Three Stories from Chesapeake Bay, Ted Roach and J.P. Eason, American University, Washington, D.C.
  • My Name Is Sydney, Melanie Vi Levy, Stanford University
  • Prayers for Peace, Dustin Grella, School of Visual Arts, New York
  • Rediscovering Pape, Maria Royo, City College of New York
  • When I’m 64, Caitlin Brown, New York University
  • ‘Yizkor’ Remembrance, Ruth Fertig, University of Texas at Austin


  • The Cemetery Club, Yitz Brilliant and Geoffrey Booth, Columbia University, New York
  • Day Labor, Lowell Frank, San Diego State University, California
  • Down in Number 5, Kim Spurlock, New York University
  • Equestrian Sexual Response, Zeke Hawkins, American Film Institute, California
  • God of Love, Luke Matheny, New York University
  • Inspector 42, Nathan Lee and Lyvia Martinez, Brigham Young University
  • The Last Bogatyr, Sarah R. Lotfi and Kevin Beechwood, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • The Lunch Box, Lubomir Kocka, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Patrol, John Ford, American Film Institute

The Foreign finalists, selected from 61 entries from 36 countries this year, are:

  • The Confession, Tanel Toom, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom
  • Janna & Liv, Therese Ahlbeck, Dramatiska Institutet, Sweden
  • The Night Father Christmas Died, Martin Schreier, Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
  • The Road Home, Rahul Gandotra, London Film School, United Kingdom
  • Trieste Is Ours, Ziga Virc, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

The winning student filmmaker will be brought to Los Angeles “for a week of industry-related activities and social events. The awards ceremony, where the foreign student will receive the 2010 Honorary Foreign Film award, will be held on Saturday, June 12, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.”

Source: AltFilmGuide

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