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2016 Student Academy Award Winners Named: ‘Cloud Kumo,’ ‘Where the Woods End’ and More

17 students were honored this year.

The Academy has named the 17 students voted as winners of the 43rd Student Academy Awards, which this year received a record 1,749 entries. The submitted films came from 286 colleges and universities within the United States and 95 abroad; along with the usual suspects — AFI, USC, NYU, Chapman — the winners include students from the likes of Tel Aviv University, DePaul University and Maharishi University of Management.

All winners are eligible for the Oscars in the Documentary Short Subject, Animated Short Film or Live Action Short Film category. Previous winners include Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis. Full list below.

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“All These Voices,” David Henry Gerson, American Film Institute  

“Cloud Kumo,” Yvonne Ng, City College of New York

“The Swan Girl,” Johnny Coffeen, Maharishi University of Management


“Die Flucht,” Carter Boyce, DePaul University

“Once upon a Line,” Alicja Jasina, USC

“The Wishgranter,” Echo Wu, Ringling College of Art and Design


“Fairy Tales,” Rongfei Guo, New York University

“4.1 Miles,” Daphne Matziaraki, University of California, Berkeley

“From Flint: Voices of a Poisoned City,” Elise Conklin, Michigan State University


“It’s Just a Gun,” Brian Robau, Chapman University

“Nocturne in Black,” Jimmy Keyrouz, Columbia University

“Rocket,” Brenna Malloy, Chapman University

READ MORE: Student Academy Awards Finalists

Foreign Narrative

“Invention of Trust,” Alex Schaad, University of Television and Film Munich (Germany)

“Tenants,” Klara Kochanska, The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School (Poland)

“Where the Woods End,” Felix Ahrens, Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF (Germany)

Foreign Animation

“Ayny,” Ahmad Saleh, Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Germany)

Foreign Documentary

“The Most Beautiful Woman,” Maya Sarfaty, Tel Aviv University (Israel)
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