Student Academy Awards: Info Session and Screening

Thursday, December 2, 2021 5pm to 6:30pm

5 PM – Screening
5:45 PM – Info Session

The Student Academy Awards is an international student film competition, established in 1972. Each year, college and university film students from all over the world compete for awards and cash grants, with films being judged in the following categories: Animation, Documentary, Live Action Narrative and Alternative/Experimental. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to win 11 Oscars, and receive 63 Oscar nominations. Past SAA winners include Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Patricia Riggen, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Patricia Cardoso and Spike Lee.

Join SFTV for a screening of the 2021 Student Academy Award winning short films followed by an information session with Shawn Guthrie (Director, Student Academy Awards and Grants) where you’ll learn about:
- What the Student Academy Awards are and the history of this exciting opportunity
- The submission process for the Student Academy Awards
- What they are looking for in the projects they watch
Bring your questions! 

Alternative/Experimental (Domestic and International Film Schools)
“Frozen Out,” Hao Zhou, University of Iowa

Animation (Domestic Film Schools)
“Unforgotten,” Sujin Kim, California Institute of the Arts

Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)
“When They’re Gone,” Kristen Hwang, University of California, Berkeley

Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)
“When the Sun Sets,” Phumi Morare, Chapman University


Shawn Guthrie oversees the Student Academy Awards program and the Academy Grants program for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.  His career at the Academy began 20 years ago in the Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting program, a position to which he brought many years of experience in screenwriting and screenwriting competitions.  For the last fifteen years he’s run the Academy’s Grants Department where he’s overseen the distribution of over $12 million in grants to film festivals, educational programs, internship programs and film scholars. Eight years ago he took over leadership of the Student Academy Awards which annually acknowledges the best college-level student filmmakers from around the world.  He took the awards online and oversaw the largest expansion in the program’s history as entries more than tripled from his first year at the helm.  The first job he ever loved was working for the Austin Film Festival while still in college at the University of Texas.



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