Magazine article American Cinematographer

Student Filmmakers Win Honors in Academy Competition

Magazine article American Cinematographer

Student Filmmakers Win Honors in Academy Competition

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Awards in four different categories of filmmaking are bestowed on winning students in 8th Annual Competition ceremonies at Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has named six students from campuses in California, Massachusetts and New York as the nation's top collegiate filmmakers for 1981.

Winners in the Academy's Eighth Annual Student Film Awards competition were honored at a colorful ceremony held Sunday, June 7, in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The winners were:

Animation Achievement AwardDeborah Jo Short of San Francisco, Calif., attending San Francisco State University, won with her 2-minute cartoon entitled "A Bird's Eye View," an animated flight of the imagination.

Experimental Achievement Award -Michael M. Patterson of Newhall, Calif., attending the California Institute of the Arts, won with his 5-minute special effects film "Commuter." The film takes a close look at a city employee in a machine-like, metroenvironment.

Documentary Achievement Award -Kevin J. Burns of Allston, Mass., attending Boston University won top category honors with "I Remember Barbra." This 22-minute film gives a revealing look at a world-famous celebrity when former neighbors share their candid, funny and often touching impressions of their most famous resident.

Dramatic Achievement AwardCaroline Emmons of New York City, attending New York University, took top honors for "A Man Around The House." In this 55-minute searing drama, an ex-con gets a live-in job placement with a wealthy widow whose young daughter comes home to create a turbulent situation.

Dramatic Merit Award-Albert Magnoli of Los Angeles, Calif., attending University of Southern California, won with "Jazz," a 24-minute true-life film depicting the struggle of three Los Angeles jazz musicians to gain recognition in the music field.

Dramatic Merit Award-Ghasem Ebrahimian of New York City, attending State University of New York College at Purchase, gained Academy recognition with "Willie," a 48-minute gripping drama about a young black boy attempting to survive on his own in New York City.

The four Achievement Award winners received the Student Film Awards trophy and scholarship grants of $1,000. The two Merit Award winners received the Student Film Award Trophy and grants of $500 each.

The honor bestowed upon Albert Magnoli's film marks the seventh time that USC has won an Academy Student Film Award since 1974. Caroline Emmons is the sixth NYU student to take home the honors.

The total for the California Institute of the Arts now stands at five Academy Student Film Awards, while UCLA and Boston University are tied with four apiece. For the first time Academy Student Film Awards were won by students representing San Francisco State University and State University of New York College at Purchase.

The winning films in the 1981 Student Film Awards competition represent the best of more than 260 entries submitted by college and university students from across the U.S.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Student Film Awards program took on an international flavor this year when foreign student filmmakers were represented at the 8th Annual Awards ceremony June 7 at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater. This marked a first for the Student Film Awards program which encourages and recognizes excellence in student filmmaking.

"Maedeli-La-Breche," a student film from Belgium, was chosen by the Academy from a group of five films screened at the 1980 Congress and General Assembly of the International Center for Film and Television Schools (CILECT) in Edinburgh, Scotland. The five finalists were: "Caged Birds," Dramatic Film Institute of Sweden; "Das lied," Academy of Dramatic, Film, and Television Arts of Hungary; "The Tom Machine," National Film School, Baconsfield, England; "For You Natalya, For You Isaac," Film and Television Institute of the German Democratic Republic and "Maedeli-LaBreche," National Institute of Higher Studies in the Arts and Techniques of Diffusion, Belgium. …

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