June 14, 2004
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2004 Student Academy Award Winners Honored at Academy Ceremony
Beverly Hills , CA — Three students from New York and one from Northern California took home gold medals last night
(Sunday, June 13) in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 31st annual Student Academy Awards competition. In all,
13 students from the United States and one from Denmark received awards.
The winners are:
Gold Medal: "S.P.I.C.: The Storyboard of My Life," Robert Castillo, School of Visual Arts, New York
Medal: "Focus," Bill Ridlehoover and Nilanjan Lahiri, Savannah College of Art and Design , Georgia
No Bronze Medal was
awarded in this category.
Gold Medal: "Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher," Alexander Woo, New York University
Silver Medal: "Rock the
World," Sukwon Shin, School of Visual Arts, New York
Bronze Medal: "Lemmings," Craig Van Dyke, Brigham Young University
Gold Medal: "Cheerleader," Kimberlee Bassford, University of California , Berkeley
"When the Storm Came," Shilpi Gupta, University of California , Berkeley
Bronze Medal: " Cuba : Illogical Temple ," David
Pittock and Lindsey Kealy, University of Nebraska
Gold Medal: "A-Alike," Randall Dottin, Columbia University
Siler Medal: "Zeke," Dana Buning, Florida
Bronze Medal: "The Plunge," Todd Schulman, Florida State University
Honorary Foreign Student Film Award
"Between Us," Laurits Munch-Petersen, National Film School of Denmark
While the U.S. students knew they would each receive an award, the level of that award – gold, silver or bronze –
was not known until ceremony. Besides trophies, gold medalists received $5,000, silver medalists were awarded $3,000 and bronze
medal recipients were presented with $2,000.
Three-time Academy Award-nominee Pete Docter served as presenter at the ceremony for the alternative and animation categories.
Docter, also a past Student Academy Award winner, earned his first nomination in 1995 as one of the writers of "Toy Story."
His additional nominations were in the animated feature category for "Monsters, Inc." (2001) and in the animated short category
for "Mike's New Car" (2002). Cinematographer Owen Roizman, who has earned five Oscar nominations in his career ("The French
Connection," "The Exorcist," "Network," "Tootsie" and "Wyatt Earp"), presented the awards in the narrative category. Arthur
Dong, nominated in 1983 for his documentary short "Sewing Woman," served as presenter in the documentary category. Roizman
and Dong also are current Academy Governors. Academy President Frank Pierson hosted the evening and presented the Honorary
Foreign Student Award.
The American students first competed in one of three regional competitions. Each of those regions was permitted to send
to the Academy as many as three films in each of the four categories as finalists. Academy members then screened the films
and voted to select the winners.
The Honorary Foreign Film winner was selected from an original pool of 39 submissions – a record – from 23
countries. This is the fourth time that a student film from Denmark has won this particular award.
The Student Academy Awards were established by the Academy in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at
the collegiate level.
Editors: Please note that downloadable photos of this year's Student Academy Award winners are available at http://photos.oscars.org.
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