Columbia University Student Wins BAFTA Student Film Award

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Cal Arts student Seth Boyden took home the Special Jury Prize.

Columbia University student Clara Roquet on Thursday took home the 2016 BAFTA U.S. Student Film Award for her short El Adiós.

All eight final films in contention for the prize, which were selected from 245 movies submitted by 56 schools, were screened at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills, where the winner was voted for onsite.

Along with Roquet, the Special Jury Prize was awarded to Seth Boyden from California Institute for the Arts for An Object at Rest.

The Special Jury included director Yann Demange, Pixar's Pete Docter, The Hollywood Reporter's reviews editor and film critic Jon Frosch, Oscar-winning editor William Goldenberg, actress Ashley Madekwe and STX Entertainment president Sophie Watts.  

A collaboration between BAFTA Los Angeles and BAFTA New York, the BAFTA U.S. Student Film Award is now in its 13th year and hopes to identify and develop young, emerging talents. 

"The quantity and quality of the talent who entered is, quite frankly, staggering," said BAFTA Los Angeles chairman Kieran Breen. "They will help to strengthen the bridge between the U.K. and U.S. entertainment community for years to come." 

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