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Academy Announces 2011 Student Academy Awards Winners

Photo of Nigel M Smith By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire May 18, 2011 at 4:31AM

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today revealed the winners of their 38th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. Out of the 15 winners, 12 are from the U.S. and three from outside the country. As part of the prize, the filmmakers will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry-related activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony on June 11th.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today revealed the winners of their 38th Annual Student Academy Awards competition. Out of the 15 winners, 12 are from the U.S. and three from outside the country. As part of the prize, the filmmakers will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry-related activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony on June 11th.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):

Alternative category
“The Vermeers,” Tal S. Shamir, The New School, New York

Animation category
“Correspondence,” Zach Hyer, Pratt Institute, New York
“Defective Detective,” Avner Geller and Stevie Lewis, Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida
“Dragonboy,” Bernardo Warman and Shaofu Zhang, Academy of Art University, California

Documentary category
“Imaginary Circumstances,” Anthony Weeks, Stanford University
“Sin Pais (Without Country),” Theo Rigby, Stanford University
“Vera Klement: Blunt Edge,” Wonjung Bae, Columbia College Chicago

Narrative category
“Fatakra,” Soham Mehta, University of Texas at Austin
“High Maintenance,” Shawn Wines, Columbia University
“Thief,” Julian Higgins, American Film Institute, California

Foreign Student Film category
“Bekas,” Karzan Kader, Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sweden
“Raju,” Max Zaehle, Hamburg Media School, Germany
“Tuba Atlantic,” Hallvar Witzo, Norwegian Film School, Norway