40th Student Academy Award Winners Honored

Bob Saget announced the medal placements at a ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Sixteen students from colleges and universities around the world were honored Saturday night as winners at the 40th Student Academy Awards ceremony at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  While the students’ names had been previously announced, at the ceremony Bob Saget, a Student Academy Award winner himself in 1978, revealed the gold, silver and bronze medal placements awarded to the honorees. Writer-director Kimberly Peirce and actors Clark Gregg, Jason Schwartzman and Quvenzhané Wallis presented the awards.

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This year’s winners are:


Gold Medal: Bottled Up, Rafael Cortina, Occidental College

Silver Medal: Zug, Perry Janes, University of Michigan

Bronze Medal: The Compositor, John Mattiuzzi, School of Visual Arts


Gold Medal: Dia de los Muertos, Lindsey St. Pierre and Ashley Graham, Ringling College of Art and Design

Silver Medal: Will, Eusong Lee, California Institute of the Arts

Bronze Medal: Peck Pocketed, Kevin Herron, Ringling College of Art and Design


Gold Medal: A Second Chance, David Aristizabal, University of Southern California

Silver Medal: Every Tuesday: A Portrait of The New Yorker Cartoonists, Rachel Loube, School of Visual Arts

Bronze Medal: Win or Lose, Daniel Koehler, Elon University


Gold Medal: Ol’ Daddy, Brian Schwarz, University of Texas at Austin

Silver Medal: Josephine and the Roach, Jonathan Langager, University of Southern California

Bronze Medal: Un Mundo para Raúl (A World for Raúl), Mauro Mueller, Columbia University

Foreign Film

Gold Medal: Miss Todd, Kristina Yee, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom

Silver Medal: Parvaneh, Talkhon Hamzavi, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland

Bronze Medal: Tweesprong (Crossroads), Wouter Bouvijn, RITS School of Arts, Erasmus University College Brussels, Belgium

This year saw first-time honors go to Elon University, Occidental College and the University of Michigan in the U.S. competition, as well as to Zurich University of the Arts and RITS School of Arts, Erasmus University College Brussels, in the foreign competition.

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. The roster includes such filmmakers as John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee.