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Women Directors Helmed Nearly 40% of Student Oscar Finalists

Women Directors Helmed Nearly 40% of Student Oscar Finalists

Female filmmakers directed or co-directed 38% of the shorts in the running for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 41st Student Academy Awards competition.

Female directors were best represented in the documentary genre, in which 6 of the 9 finalist films were helmed by women. Encouragingly, four of the nine contenders for the narrative category were made by female filmmakers as well.  

Below are the women finalists for the Student Oscars. The winners will be feted on June 7. 

Alternative (total of 8 films)

“Person,” Drew Brown and Ramona Ramdeen, The Art Institute of Jacksonville, Florida

“The Private Life of Fenfen,” Leslie Tai, Stanford University

Animation (total of 9 films)

“Marcel,” Eric Cunha and Seung Sung, School of Visual Arts, New York

“Two Ghosts,” Amy Lee Ketchum, University of Southern California

“Yamashita,” Hayley Foster, Loyola Marymount University, California

Documentary (total of 9 films)

“The Apothecary,” Helen Hood Scheer, Stanford University

“Heel’d,” Thomas Smith and McKenna Hinkle, Villanova University, Pennsylvania

“Light Mind,” Jie Yi, School of Visual Arts, New York

“My Sister Sarah,” Elizabeth Chatelain, University of Texas at Austin

“Punches & Pedicures,” Ashley Brandon and Dennis Hohne, Wright State University, Ohio

“Scattered,” Lindsay Lindenbaum, School of Visual Arts, New York

Narrative (total of 9 films)

“Door God,” Yulin Liu, New York University

“Interstate,” Camille Stochitch, American Film Institute, California

“So You’ve Grown Attached,” Kate Tsang, New York University

“What Remains,” Julie Koegl, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Foreign (total of 10 films)

“Kam,” Katarina Morano, University of Ljubljana – Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film andTelevision, Slovenia

“Paris on the Water,” Hadas Ayalon, Tel Aviv University, Israel

[h/t THR]

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