Film students can begin to submit their work to the Motion Picture Academy for consideration in this year’s Student Academy Awards. Some past winners have gone on to greater accomplishments.
The competition is open to full-time college and university students who produce films as part of their studies. The Academy Awards offers medals and cash prizes in categories including animation, alternative, narrative and documentary films.
Winners of the student honors have gone on to earn 40 Oscar nods, and have won or shared seven golden statuettes. The latest of these was former student winner Pete Docter, who won an Oscar earlier this year for directing Disney/Pixar’s "Up."
The deadline to apply is April 1. Applications are available online at Oscars.org/saa.
Don’t expect the student winners to show up on the big Oscar show in a couple of months. They’ll pick up their Academy Awards on June 11 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theatre.