The 44th annual Student Academy Awards

In All, Digital Production, Film & Video by Richard Gonzales

Dear Film Instructor:

The 44th annual Student Academy Awards competition is now open for submission.

As in years past, any current student (or any student who graduated within the last year) who has made a film no more than 40 minutes in length as part of his or her degree coursework can submit that film for consideration in one of four categories: narrative, animation, documentary or alternative.

 Up to three medals (gold, silver and bronze) are awarded in each category. In addition to receiving a cash grant, the winning filmmakers will be flown to Los Angeles to participate in the various industry-related activities for the Student Academy Awards week. This will culminate with the annual Student Academy Awards Ceremony on Thursday October 12th. Plus, each medal winner will automatically qualify for consideration for the Academy Awards in their respective short film categories assuming all eligibility requirements are met.

 The submission deadline is June 1, 2017.  The competition rules and instructions as well as the online submission portal are available from our website at  There is no fee for entry.

One slight change this year is that we are going to be fully vetting all student entries.  This means we will be reaching out to you by email if a student of yours submits a film to verify that the student does indeed meet all of our criteria for eligibility.  So, if you have five students submit a film you will receive five emails from us asking you to verify their information.  Please respond.  Entries will not be accepted until we have received your verification.

We have already sent copies of this year’s poster to your school to assist with getting the word out.  If they haven’t been received or if you would like additional copies, please let me know.  Also, feel free to spread the word yourself to your students and colleagues.

If you or your students have any questions about the competition please call (310) 247-3031, or email for further assistance.

Thank you in advance for your help and I welcome any comments, suggestions or inquiries you might have concerning our Awards.


Shawn Guthrie

Manager, Student Academy Awards

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