The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the launch of the 42nd Student Academy Awards, a competition designed to spotlight emerging filmmakers. Winners in the five Student Academy Awards categories—Alternative, Animation, Narrative, Documentary, and Foreign Film—become eligible for Oscar consideration.
Past winners have gone on to receive 47 Oscar nominations, including eight awards. Among them are 2014 Oscar nominees J. Christian Jensen, for Documentary Short Subject (“White Earth”), and Talkhon Hamzavi, co-nominated with Stefan Eichenberger for Live Action Short (“Parvaneh”), as well as filmmakers Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, and Robert Zemeckis.
U.S. competition is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate students whose films are made within the curricular structure of an eligible accredited institution. In the Foreign Film category, eligible schools are allowed to submit one film to the competition. For the first time this year, students can submit their films online using FilmFreeway, the festival and competition platform. The deadline for entries is June 1, with the awards to be presented at the Academy’s Sam Goldwyn Theater Sept. 18.
Complete rules and a link to the online submission platform are here.