2012 marks the 39th year of the Student Academy Awards. 569 films are competing this year: 518 entries are from students in the States, representing 105 colleges and universities, and 51 more entries are from 29 countries around the world. A complete list of schools and countries represented in the competition is available here.
The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the college level. Categories include Alternative, Animation, Documentary, Narrative and Foreign Student Film.
The competition culminates in the awards presentation on Saturday, June 9 at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, where they will screen the winning films. Winners of previous Student Academy Awards have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and 8 wins. Wow.