Student Academy Awards call for entries

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is accepting entries for its 2015
Student Academy Awards competition. All Student Academy Award winners become
eligible for Oscars consideration. The 42nd Student Academy Awards presentation
will be held on 18 September 2015 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. In 1972, the Academy established the Student Academy Awards to provide a platform for emerging global talent by creating opportunities within the industry to showcase their work.

Beginning this year, students are able to submit their films online using
FilmFreeway, a widely used festival and competition platform. Also new this year,
the entry deadline has moved to 1 June, and the awards ceremony date has been
changed from June to September to better align the competition with the academic
calendar.

Complete rules, eligibility requirements and a link to the online submission platform
are available on the Oscars website.

Past winners have gone on to receive 47 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. Two previous Student Academy Award winners received 2014 Oscar nominations: J. Christian Jensen, a 2014 Silver Medal winner, received a nomination for Documentary Short Subject for White Earth, and Talkhon Hamzavi, a 2013 Silver Medal winner, received a nomination (with Stefan Eichenberger) for Live Action Short Film for Parvaneh. Past Student Academy Award winners include acclaimed filmmakers such as Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.

Awards may be presented to student filmmakers in the following categories:
Alternative, Animation, Narrative, Documentary and Foreign Film.

The Student Academy Awards US competition is open to all full-time undergraduate
and graduate students whose films are made within the curricular structure of an
eligible accredited institution. In the Foreign Film category, eligible schools are
allowed to submit one film to the competition. The deadline to submit entries is 1
June 2015.

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