Award Honorees

by Mark Rabinowitz

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences continued its
"off-season" work recently, bestowing this year's Honorary Foreign
Student Award, and the winners for the 25th Anniversary Student Academy
Awards competition
. The 21 films of the regional winners are currently
being screened by the full academy membership, and the 12 winners, along
with the foreign student winner will take part in a week of film related
activities, culminating in the awards ceremony at the Academy's Samuel
Goldwyn Theater on June 14th.

Thorsten Schmidt of the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg,
Germany was the recipient of the honorary foreign award for his film
"Rochade." This is the second year in a row, and fourth time overall,
that a German student has won the award, tying England with the most
student wins. Two previous foreign student award winners have gone on to
win Best Foreign Language Film Oscars, with Jan Sverak (a student in the
former Czechoslovakia) and Mike van Diem of the Netherlands both taking
home the gold. Van Diem this year for "Character" and Sverak for last
year's "Kolya."

The winners of the 25th Anniversary Student Academy Awards hail from
seven different schools, with multiple winners coming from NYU and
Stanford University. There are three levels of awards in most categories
-- gold, silver and bronze- with the students being unaware of which they
are receiving until the ceremony on June 14th.

[The Student Academy Awards ceremony is free and open to the public, but
tickets are required. To request tickets (4 max.), call 310/247-3000,
ext. 129. The Academy is located at: 8949 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly

This year's winners are (listed alphabetically by category and film

Alternative Category

"Sombra," Robin Larsen, University of California, Los Angeles

Animation Category

"Jataka," Peter Choe and Neal Nellans, Ringling School of Art and
Design, Sarasota, Florida

"Put On A Happy Face," Suzanne Lee Twining, the University of the Arts,

"Switchback," Kyle Clark, University of Southern California

Documentary Category

"Fighting Grandpa," Greg Pak, New York University

"Occidental Encounters," Yuriko Gamo Romer, Stanford University, Palo
Alto, California

"Wayne Freedman's Notebook," Aaron Lubarsky, Stanford University

Dramatic Category

"Bleach," Bill Platt, New York University

"Intermezzo," Dana H. Glazer, New York University

"My Body," Joel Moffett and Matthias Visser, American Film Institute,
Los Angeles