By Eugene Hernandez | Indiewire June 13, 2010 at 5:15AM
Concluding a national competition that began regionally, AMPAS presented the Student Academy Awards in Los Angeles last night. Luke Matheny from NYU won the award for best narrative film for "God of Love" while Ruth Fertig from the University of Texas at Austin won the documentary prize for "Yizkor (Remembrance)."
Each student was awarded a cash grant of $5,000, while Silver Medal award winners received $3,000 and Bronze Medal award winners won $2,000. The Honorary Foreign Film winner received a $1,000 cash grant.
The victors were chosen by Academy members who screened nominated films and voted to choose the award winners. The prize for best foreign film, which went to British student Tanel Toom from The National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, UK, for "The Confession," was selected from a pool of 61 entries representing 36 countries.
The prizes were presented last night by actor Jeremy Renner, animator Henry Selick and filmmaker Penelope Spheeris at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, CA.
Full list of 2010 Student Academy Award winners:
Gold Medal: "Surface: Film from Below," Varathit Uthaisri, Parsons The New School for Design, New York
Silver Medal: "Multiply," Emily Henricks, University of Southern California
Gold Medal: "Departure of Love," Jennifer Bors, Ringling College of Art and Design, Florida
Silver Medal: "Dried Up," Isaiah Powers and Jeremy Casper, Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri
Bronze Medal: "Lifeline," Andres Salaff, California Institute of the Arts
Gold Medal: "Yizkor (Remembrance)," Ruth Fertig, University of Texas at Austin
Silver Medal: "Rediscovering Pape," Maria Royo, City College of New York
Bronze Medal: "Dreams Awake (Suena Despierto)," Kevin Gordon and Rebekah Meredith, Stanford University, California
Gold Medal: "God of Love," Luke Matheny, New York University
Silver Medal: "Down in Number 5," Kim Spurlock, New York University
Bronze Medal: "The Lunch Box," Lubomir Kocka, Savannah College of Art and Design, Georgia
Honorary Foreign Film
"The Confession," Tanel Toom, The National Film and Television School, Beaconsfield, United Kingdom