Student Academy Awards honors 13

Jeremy Renner helps salute winners from 11 schools

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed out medals to 13 students from 11 colleges and universities at its 27th annual Student Academy Awards Saturday night at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Gold medals were awarded to Varathit Uthaisri of New York's Parsons School of Design for "Surface: Film from Below" in the alternative category; Jennifer Bors of Florida's Ringling College of Art and Design for the animated film "Depature of Love"; Ruth Fertig of the University of Texas at Austin for the documentary "Yizkor (Remembrance)"; and Luke Matheny of New York University for the narrative film "God of Love."

The honorary foreign film winner, selected from 61 entries from 36 countries, was "The Confession," directed by Tanel Toom, from the National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, U.K.

Actor Jeremy Renner and directors Henry Selick and Penelope Spheeris took part in the ceremonies, which capped several days of industry-related events in which the students participated.

The U.S. students first competed in one of three regional competitions. Each region sent as many as three finalist films in each of four award categories. Academy members then screened the films and voted to select the winners. While the U.S. winners knew they would each receive an award, their placement -- Gold, Silver or Bronze -- was not revealed until the ceremony.

The silver and bronze medal winners are:

Alternative: Silver, "Multiply," Emily Henricks, USC; Animation: Silver, "Dried Up," Isaiah Powers and Jeremy Casper, Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri, and Bronze, "Lifeline," Andres Salaff, Cal Arts; Documentary: Silver, "Rediscovering Pape," Maria Royo, City College of New York, and Bronze, "Dreams Awake (Suena Despierto)," Kevin Gordon and Rebekah Meredith, Stanford University, Calif.; and Narrative, Silver, "Down in Number 5," Kim Spurlock, NYU, and Bronze, "The Lunch Box," Lubomir Kocka, Savannah College of Art and Design, Ga.
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