LOS ANGELES, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences tonight honored 17 student winners 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 and Andy Serkis, producer DeVon Franklin and director Jennifer Yuh Nelson. 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 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) New this year, the competition was expanded to allow two options for students at international film schools to submit their films. In addition to CILECT-member schools submitting one student film per international film school category, international students may now enter films that qualify through film festivals recognized by the Student Academy Awards Executive Committee. # # # ABOUT THE ACADEMY The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 8,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles. FOLLOW THE ACADEMY 

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