Student Academy Awards
Awarded forExcellence in student cinematic achievements
CountryUnited States
Presented byAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
First awardedDecember 20, 1973; 50 years ago (1973-12-20) (as Student Film Awards)
Websiteoscars.org/saa

The Student Academy Awards are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in an annual competition for college and university filmmakers.[1][2]

Description

The awards were originally named the Student Film Awards and were first presented in 1973. The current name was adopted effective in 1991. Since 1975, the awards have been given annually. The event has been held in October since 2017 and usually takes place at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, California.

The awards offer prizes in four categories: alternative (experimental film), animation, documentary, and narrative. Gold, silver, and bronze awards may be given in each category, with accompanying cash grants of $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000, respectively, as of 2005. Since 1981, a separate award has been given annually to a student filmmaker from outside the United States – however in the 49th annual SAA (2022), the academy has merged its domestic and international categories to provide everyone with an equal footing. This reduced the 7 categories (4 domestic & 3 international) into 4 = narrative, animation, alternative/ experimental and documentary.

Several award winners have gone on to significant achievement as filmmakers, including Robert Zemeckis, Bob Saget, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Pete Docter and John Lasseter.[3] Some of the award-winning student films have themselves been nominated for and/or won the Academy Award in the short film categories, including Chicks in White Satin, The Janitor, Karl Hess: Toward Liberty, The Lunch Date, 9, Quiero ser (I want to be...), Gang Cops,[4] The Death of Kevin Carter: Casualty of the Bang Bang Club,[5] The Red Jacket, On the Line (Auf der Strecke), God of Love, The Confession, 4.1 Miles[6] and Dcera (Daughter).[7]

To extend the impact and honor beyond the competition, a compilation presentation of the gold medal award-winning films is circulated each year free of charge to educational and non-profit organizations nationwide.

Copies (and some elements) for over 90% of films honored with Student Academy Awards, along with recordings of many of the awards ceremonies, are held by the Academy Film Archive.[8]

List of winners

1970s

1st Annual Student Film Awards – December 20, 1973

2nd Annual Student Film Awards – July 1, 1975

3rd Annual Student Film Awards – June 23, 1976

4th Annual Student Film Awards – May 22, 1977

5th Annual Student Film Awards – May 21, 1978

6th Annual Student Film Awards – June 3, 1979

1980s

7th Annual Student Film Awards – June 8, 1980

8th Annual Student Film Awards – June 7, 1981

9th Annual Student Film Awards – June 6, 1982

10th Annual Student Film Awards – June 5, 1983

11th Annual Student Film Awards – June 10, 1984

12th Annual Student Film Awards – June 16, 1985

13th Annual Student Film Awards – June 8, 1986

14th Annual Student Film Awards – June 7, 1987

15th Annual Student Film Awards – June 12, 1988

16th Annual Student Film Awards – June 11, 1989

1990s

17th Annual Student Film Awards – June 10, 1990

18th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 9, 1991

19th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 14, 1992

20th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 13, 1993

21st Annual Student Academy Awards – June 12, 1994

22nd Annual Student Academy Awards – June 11, 1995

23rd Annual Student Academy Awards – June 9, 1996

24th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 8, 1997

25th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 14, 1998

26th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 13, 1999

2000s

27th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 11, 2000

28th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 10, 2001

29th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 9, 2002

30th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 8, 2003

31st Annual Student Academy Awards – June 13, 2004

32nd Annual Student Academy Awards – June 12, 2005

33rd Annual Student Academy Awards – June 10, 2006

34th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 9, 2007

35th Annual Student Academy Awards – June 7, 2008

36th Annual Student Film Awards – June 13, 2009

Site: Samuel Goldwyn Theater

2010s

37th Annual Student Film Awards – June 12, 2010

Site: Samuel Goldwyn Theater

38th Annual Student Film Awards – June 11, 2011

Site: Samuel Goldwyn Theater

39th Annual Student Film Awards – June 9, 2012

Site: Samuel Goldwyn Theater

40th Annual Student Film Awards – June 8, 2013

Site: Samuel Goldwyn Theater

41st Annual Student Film Awards – June 6, 2014

Site: Samuel Goldwyn Theater

42nd Annual Student Film Awards – September 17, 2015

Site: Samuel Goldwyn Theater

43rd Annual Student Film Awards – September 22, 2016

Site: Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Year Award Winners Nominees Ref.
2016
Alternative [15][16]
Animation
Documentary
Narrative
Foreign Narrative
Foreign Animation
Foreign Documentary

44th Annual Student Film Awards – October 12, 2017

Site: Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Year Category Award Winners Nominees Ref.
2017
Domestic Film Schools Alternative [17][18]
Animation
Documentary
Narrative
International Film Schools Animation
Documentary
Narrative

45th Annual Student Film Awards – October 11, 2018

Site: Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Year Category Award Winners Nominees Ref.
2018
Domestic Film Schools Alternative
  • Gold:
    Reanimated – Shae Demandt (Florida State University)
  • Transient Passengers (Experiment Number NÜN) – Natalia Hermida (Chapman University)
  • Emunah – Sang Hyoun Han (School of Visual Arts)
[19][20]
Animation
Documentary
Narrative
  • Bini – Erblin Nushi (George Mason University)
  • Empty Skies – Wenting Deng and Luke Fisher (Ohio University)
  • June – Huay-Bing Law (University of Texas at Austin)
  • Masks – Mahaliyah Ayla O (University of Southern California)
  • Mid City Blue – Kristopher D Wilson (University of California – Los Angeles)
International Film Schools Animation
  • Gold:
    The Green Bird (MoPA – France) – Pierre Perveyrie, Maximilien Bougeous, Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen-Duc, and Quentin Dubois
  • A Blink of an Eye – Kiana Naghshineh (Filmakademie Baden-Wurttemberg)
  • L'Aviatrice – Jacques Leyreloup, Victor Tolila, Perrine Renard, Laura Viver Canal and Gael Chauvet (ESMA)
  • Meli-Metro – Alexandre Blain, Lucas Germain, Christophe Gigot, Jade Guilbault, Andreas Muller and Simon Puculek (ESMA)
Documentary
  • Gold:
    Nomadic Doctor – Mart Bira (University of Hertfordshire)
  • F32.2 – Annelie Boros (University of Television and Film Munich)
  • Tracing Addai – Esther Niemeier (Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf)
Narrative
  • Gold:
    Get Ready With Me – Jonatan Etzler, (Stockholm Academy of the Arts)
  • Silver:
    Almost Everything – Lisa Gertsch, (Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland)
  • Bronze:
    A Siege – Istvan Kovacs, (University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest)
  • Touch Me – Eileen Byrne, (Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München
  • August Sun – Franco Volpi (London Film School
  • Dead Birds – Johnny Kenton (National Film and Television School)
  • Sons of No One – Alan Toth (LUCA School of Arts)

46th Annual Student Film Awards – October 17, 2019

Site: Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Year Category Award Winners Nominees Ref.
2019
Domestic Film Schools Alternative
  • Rumours – Nicole Aebersold (Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
  • Two Paper Nightingales – Kaylin George (Chapman University)
[21][14]


Animation
Documentary
Narrative
International Film Schools Animation
  • Love Me, Fear Me – Veronica Solomon (Film University Babelsborg KNORAD WOLF)
  • The Ostrich Politic – Mohamad Houhou (Gobelins, l'ecole de l'image)
  • Daughter – Daria Kashcheeva (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague)
Documentary
  • Gold: Family2 – Yifan Sun (The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz)
  • Oro Blanco – Gisela Carbajal Rodriguez (University of Television and Film Munich)
  • The Winds Heritage – Alejandra Retana, Cesar Camacho, and Cesar Hernandez (University of Guadalajara)
  • FAMILY – Yifan Sun (The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in Lodz)
Narrative
  • Gold: Bonobo - Zoel Aeschbacher (ECAL)
  • Silver: Dog Eat Dog - Rikke Gregersen (Westerdals Kristiania University College)
  • Bronze: November 1st – Charlie Manton (National Film and Television School)
  • Bonobo – Zoel Aeschbacher (ECAL)
  • Dog Eat Dog – Rikke Gregersen (Westerdals Kristiania University College)
  • November 1st – Charlie Manton (National Film and Television School)
  • Quiet Land Good People – Johannes Bachmann (Zurich University of Arts)
  • The Last Romantic – Natalia Garcia Agraz (Centro de Capacitacion Cinematografica)
  • Senor – Masha Clark (The London Film School)
  • Human – Korwin Quinonez (Incine)

2020s

47th Annual Student Film Awards – October 21, 2020

Site: Virtual event

Year Category Award Winners Nominees Ref.
2020
Domestic Film Schools Alternative [22]

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Animation
  • Tricked – Mengyuan Guo, Naicheng Liu, Suhn Young Chung (Ringling College of Art and Design)
  • Bear With Me – Rodrigo Chapoy (Ringling College of Art and Design)
  • Super Generic – Di Lu (Ringling College of Art and Design)
  • Death and Delilah – Kristoffer Molinari (BYU Center for Animation)
Documentary
  • Gold:
    Unfinished Lives – Yucong Chen (University of Southern California)
  • Silver:
    The Dope Years: The Story of Latasha Harlins – Allison A. Waite (University of Southern California)
  • Bronze:
    Making Waves – Laura Zéphirin (New York University)
Narrative
  • Gold:
    Umama – Talia Smith (New York University)
  • Silver:
    Bittu – Karishma Dube (New York University)
  • Bronze:
    Sweet Potatoes – Rommel Villa Barriga (University of Southern California)
International Film Schools Animation
  • Gold:
    The Beauty – Pascal Schelbli (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, Germany)
  • o28 – Otalia Caussé, Geoffroy Collin, Fabien Meyran (Supinfocom Rubika, France)
  • The Tree – Han Yang & Basil Malek (Gobelins, l'ecole de l'image, France)
Documentary
  • Gold:
    Dear Father… – Maren Klakegg (Westerdals Institute of Film and Media, Kristiania University College, Norway)
  • Miss Curvy – Ghada Eldemellawy (National Film and Television School, United Kingdom)
  • Tanda – Teodora-Kosara Popova (National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts, Bulgaria)
Narrative
  • Gold:
    My Dear Corpses – German Golub (Baltic Film & Media School, Tallinn University, Estonia)
  • Silver:
    Crescendo – Percival Argüero Mendoza (Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, Mexico)
  • Bronze:
    I Was Still There When You Left Me – Marie McCourt (Institut des Arts de Diffusion, Belgium)
  • Da Yie – Anthony Nti (School of Arts, Belgium)
  • We Are Dancers – Joe Morris (Northern Film School, United Kingdom)
  • The Stamp – Lovro Mrdjen (Akademija Dramske Umjetnosti, Croatia)
  • Porfotto – Edson da Conceicao (Nederlandse Filmacademie, Netherlands)
  • Papapa – Kerren Lumer-Klabbers (Den Norske Filmskolen, Norway)

48th Annual Student Film Awards – October 21, 2021

Site: Virtual event

Year Category Award Winners Nominees Ref.
2021
Domestic and International Film Schools Alternative/ Experimental
  • Apocalypse Baby, We Advertise the End of the World – Camille Tricaud, Franziska Unger (Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (Germany))
  • Do You Hear Those Crows – Ryen Goebel (Savannah College of Art and Design)
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Domestic Film Schools Animation
Documentary
Narrative
International Film Schools Animation
  • Gold:
    Louis' Shoes – Théo Jamin, Kayu Leung and Marion Philippe (MoPA (France))
  • Migrants – Antoine Dupriez, Aubin Kubiak, Zoé Devise (Pôle 3D (France))
  • A Tiny Tale – Sylvain Cuvillier, Maÿlis Mosny, Zijing Ye (Rubika (France))
Documentary
  • Gold:
    Why Didn’t You Stay for Me? – Milou Gevers (Nederlandse Filmacademie (The Netherlands))
  • Haeberli – Moritz Mueller-Preisser (Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (Germany))
  • Pepedrilo – Victor Cartas Valdivia (Universidad de Guadalajara (Mexico))
Narrative
  • Gold:
    Tala’vision – Murad Abu Eisheh (Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Germany))
  • Silver:
    Adisa – Simon Denda (Hochschule für Fernsehen und Film München (Germany))
  • Bronze:
    Bad Omen – Salar Pashtoonyar (York University (Canada))
  • Carrier – Max Ovaska (Aalto University (Finland))
  • Day X – Katharina Rivilis (Deutsche Film – und Fernsehakademie Berlin (Germany))
  • First Last Summer – Nastazja Gonera (Państwowa Wyższa Szkola Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna (Poland))
  • I Am – Jerry Hoffmann (Hamburg Media School (Germany))

49th Annual Student Film Awards – October 20, 2022

Site: David Geffen Theater

Year Category Award Winners Nominees Ref.
2022
Domestic and International Film Schools Alternative/ Experimental [26]

[27]


Domestic and International Film Schools Animation
Documentary
Narrative

50th Annual Student Film Awards – October 24, 2023

Site: Samuel Goldwyn Theater

Year Category Award Winners Nominees Ref.
2023
Domestic and International Film Schools Alternative/ Experimental [28]


Domestic and International Film Schools Animation
  • Gold:
    Boom, Gabriel Augerai, Romain Augier & Yannick Jacquin (École des Nouvelles Images (France)
  • Silver:
    Diplomatie de l’Éclipse, César Luton, Achille Pasquier & Clémence Bailly (MoPA 3D Animation School (France)
  • Bronze:
    “Mum’s Spaghetti,” Lisa Kenney (National Film and Television School (United Kingdom)
Documentary
  • Gold:
    Winds of Dust, Giorgio Ghiotto, (New York University)
  • Silver:
    “Duet,” Lyuwei Chen, (New York University)
  • Bronze:
    Hasta Encontrarlos (Till We Find Them). Jean Chapiro, (Columbia University)
Narrative
  • Gold:
    Invisible Border, Mark Gerstorfer, (Filmakademie Wien (Austria)
  • Silver:
    Revisted, Iain Aigin Stronach Forbes, (Den Norske Filmskolen, (Norway)
  • Bronze:
    Istina (Truth), Tamara Denić, (Hamburg Media School (Germany)

See also

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