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article imageStudent Academy Awards are truly global; 29 countries represented

By Tim O'Brien     Apr 21, 2012 in Entertainment
Beverly Hills - A great opportunity for student filmmakers comes from an organization that knows movies - The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (AMPAS).
AMPAS is involved in much more than just the Oscars. One such endeavor focuses on students. The Student Academy Awards is a national student film competition conducted by the Academy and the Academy Foundation.
And now is the time for them to be honored as 51 entries from 29 countries, will be judged. Meanwhile, 518 entries from students representing 105 U.S. colleges and universities, are in this year's competition for the 2012 Student Academy Awards.
In its 39th year, the students will be awarded at a presentation on Saturday, June 9. It will take place at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The winning films will also be screened.
This is an annual competition for college and university filmmakers. Winners are selected by the professional filmmaker members of the Academy. They receive trophies and cash prizes, but no, they do receive Oscar statuettes. The photo is from last year's event.
The deadline has passed and the nominations are out. Students will be judged in the following categories:
1. Documentary
2. Narrative and Alternative.
Plus, a student filmmaker from outside the U.S. is honored each year.
United States Schools (by state)
Arizona State University
University of Arizona
Academy of Art University, San Francisco
American Film Institute
Art Center College of Design
Biola University
California College of the Arts
California Institute of the Arts
California State University, Northridge
Chapman University
Loyola Marymount University
National University
San Diego State University
San Francisco State University
San Jose State University
Stanford University
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Los Angeles
University of California, Riverside
University of California, Santa Cruz
University of Southern California
Art Institute of Colorado
Colorado College
Regis University
University of Colorado
University of Connecticut
Wesleyan University
Art Institute of Jacksonville
Florida State University
Ringling College of Art and Design
Southeastern University
Morehouse College
Savannah College of Art and Design
Columbia College Chicago
DePaul University
Northwestern University
Southern Illinois University
University of Chicago
Ball State University
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Western Kentucky University
University of New Orleans
Boston University
Emerson College
Hampshire College
Harvard College
New England Institute of Art
Northeastern University
Johns Hopkins University
University of Michigan
Metropolitan State University
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Kansas City Art Institute
Lindenwood University
University of Missouri
Washington University in St. Louis
North Carolina
Elon University
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina School of the Arts
Wake Forest University
University of Nebraska
New Jersey
Montclair State University
New Jersey City University
William Paterson University
New York
City College of New York
City University of New York
Columbia University
Fordham University
Hofstra University
Ithaca College
Long Island University
New York University
Pratt Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Sarah Lawrence College
School of Visual Arts
St. John's University
Syracuse University
Ohio University
Wright State University
Art Institute of Portland
Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Carnegie Mellon University
DeSales University
Drexel University
Point Park University
Temple University
University of the Arts
Puerto Rico
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico
Rhode Island
Rhode Island School Of Design
Southern Adventist University
North Lake College
University of North Texas
University of Texas at Austin
West Texas A&M University
Brigham Young University
Utah Valley University
Regent University
Bennington College
Evergreen State College
Pacific Lutheran University
Seattle Central Community College
Washington, D.C.
American University
Howard University
University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Foreign Schools (by country)
The University of Cinema
Australian Film Television and Radio School
Victorian College of the Arts, School of Film and Television, University of Melbourne
National Institute of the Performing Arts
Rits School of Arts, Erasmus College Brussels
Sint-Lukas Brussels College of Art and Design
The Fluminense Federal University
National Academy for Theatre and Film Arts
Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
University of Québec at Montréal
York University Department of Film
Czech Republic
Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague
The National Film School of Denmark
Aalto University, School of Arts, Design and Architecture
ARCADA University of Applied Sciences
Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences
Lahti University of Applied Sciences
Louis-Lumière National School of Film, Photography and Sound Engineering
La Femis, National School of Cinematography and Sound Engineering
Academy of Film and Television "Konrad Wolf"
Academy of Media Arts Cologne
Film Academy Baden-Württemberg
German Film and Television Academy Berlin
Hamburg Media School
The International Film School Cologne
University of Television and Film Munich
Hong Kong
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, School of Film Television
Hong Kong Baptist University
Film and Television Institute of India
Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute
The Jakarta Institute of the Arts
The National Film School at IADT
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design
Tel Aviv University
Experimental Cinematography Center, National Film School
Film Training Center
The Netherlands
Netherlands Film and Television Academy
The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School
Lusophone University of Humanities and Technology
Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography
LASALLE College of the Arts
The Academy of Performing Arts, Faculty of Film and Television
South Africa
South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance
The Film and Audiovisual School of Catalonia
Madrid Film School
Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts
Zurich University of the Arts
United Kingdom
National Film and Television School
The London Film School
The Northern Film School, Leeds Metropolitan University
University of Westminster
Once again, this is a yearly event, so if one knows of someone who may be interested, it is a perfect opportunity to get that foot in the door. In fact, it breaks down the door because of who is on the other side - AMPAS.
The ceremony on June 9 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. Tickets will be available starting May 1, online at, in person at the Academy box office or by mail. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600.
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