Academy announces Student Academy Award medal placements

Jun 11, 2011 by Ian Evans

The 15 student winners of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 38th Annual Student Academy Awards® competition ended a week of industry-related activities and social events with an awards ceremony tonight where they finally learned their medal placements.

The 2011 winners are:

Alternative category

  • Gold Medal: The Vermeers, Tal S. Shamir, The New School, New York (Only one medal was awarded in the Alternative category.)

Animation category

  • Gold Medal (tie):
    • Correspondence, Zach Hyer, Pratt Institute, New York; and
    • Dragonboy, Bernardo Warman and Shaofu Zhang, Academy of Art University, California
  • Bronze Medal: Defective Detective, Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis, Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida

Documentary category

  • Gold Medal: Vera Klement: Blunt Edge, Wonjung Bae, Columbia College Chicago
  • Silver Medal: Imaginary Circumstances, Anthony Weeks, Stanford University
  • Bronze Medal: Sin Pais (Without Country), Theo Rigby, Stanford University

Narrative category

  • Gold Medal: Thief, Julian Higgins, American Film Institute, California
  • Silver Medal: High Maintenance, Shawn Wines, Columbia University
  • Bronze Medal: Fatakra, Soham Mehta, University of Texas at Austin

Foreign Student Film category

  • Gold Medal: Tuba Atlantic, Hallvar Witzo, The Norwegian Film School, Norway
  • Silver Medal: Bekas, Karzan Kader, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sweden
  • Bronze Medal: Raju, Max Zaehle, Hamburg Media School, Germany

Gold Medal award winners received cash grants of $5,000, Silver Medal award winners received $3,000 and Bronze Medal award winners received $2,000.

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 43 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards.