Start of the 2016 Student Academy Awards Competition

The Academy expands Foreign Film Category

The Academy is accepting entries for its 2016 Student Academy Awards competition; winners become eligible for Oscars consideration. 

The Gold Medal Winners of the 42nd Student Academy Awards (Todd Wawrychuk / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

The Foreign Film category has been expanded to include separate awards for narrative, animation and documentary entries. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards may be given in the Foreign Film Narrative category; Gold Medal awards may be given in the Foreign Film Animation and the Foreign Film Documentary categories.  The U.S. competition categories remain the same: Alternative, Animation, Narrative and Documentary.

The 43rd Student Academy Awards presentation will be held on Thursday, September 22, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. 

Past winners have received 49 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards.  This year two 2015 competition winners were nominated for an Oscar in the Live Action Short Film category: Henry Hughes, a Gold Medal winner in the Narrative category for “Day One,” and Patrick Vollrath, a Bronze Medal winner in the Foreign Film category for “Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut).” Past winners include acclaimed filmmakers Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.

The 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 new Foreign Film categories, eligible schools are allowed to submit one student film per category.

The students are asked to submit their films using the platform FilmFreeway by June 1, 2016.Complete rules and a link to the online submission platform are available at www.oscars.org/saa