44th Student Academy Awards® – Beverly Hills, California

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Actor Andy Serkis during the 44th Annual Student Academy Awards®. All images supplied by the Academy of motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences honored 17 of the brightest and most creative students from Colleges and Universities around the world at the 44th Student Academy Awards® ceremony, held at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards were announced and presented by actors Amber Tamblyn (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) and Andy Serkis (Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit); producer, author and motivational speaker, DeVon Franklin; and director Jennifer Yuh Nelson (best known for her directorial debut Kung Fu Panda 2. Yuh is the first woman to solely direct an animated feature from a major Hollywood studio).

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Max R. A. Fedore, winner of the gold medal in the alternative film category for “Opera of Cruelty,” during the 44th Annual Student Academy Awards® on Thursday 12 October in Beverly Hills.

The 2017 Student Academy Award winners are:

Alternative (Domestic Film Schools)

Gold: “Opera of Cruelty,” Max R. A. Fedore, New York University

Animation (Domestic Film Schools)

Gold: “In a Heartbeat,” Beth David and Esteban Bravo, Ringling College of Art and Design

Silver: “Cradle,” Devon Manney, University of Southern California

Bronze: “E-delivery,” Young Gul Cho, School of Visual Arts

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Beth David and Esteban Bravo, winners of the gold medal in the animated film category for “In a Heartbeat,” with director Jennifer Yuh Nelson.

Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)

Gold: “Hale,” Brad Bailey, University of California, Berkeley

Silver: “On Pointe,” Priscilla Thompson and Joy Jihyun Jeong, Columbia University

Bronze: “One Way Home,” Qingzi Fan, New York University

Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)

Gold: “My Nephew Emmett,” Kevin Wilson, Jr., New York University

Silver: “Mammoth,” Ariel Heller, University of Southern California

Bronze: “Who’s Who in Mycology,” Marie Dvorakova, New York University

Narrative (International Film Schools)

Gold: “Watu Wote,” Katja Benrath, Hamburg Media School

Silver: “Facing Mecca,” Jan-Eric Mack, Zurich University of the Arts

Bronze: “When Grey Is a Colour,” Marit Weerheijm, Netherlands Film Academy

Animation (International Film Schools)

Gold: “Life Smartphone,” Chenglin Xie, China Central Academy of Fine Arts (China)

Documentary (International Film Schools)

Gold: “Galamsey,” Johannes Preuss, Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg (Germany)

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Johannes Preuss, winner of the gold medal in the foreign documentary film category for “Galamsey,” with actor Amber Tamblyn.
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