After the Oscar season ends in Hollywood, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences turns its attention to up-and-coming filmmakers for its annual Student Academy Awards (SAA). SVA alumni are regular fixtures in the lists of finalists and winners for the awards, and this year is no exception. Of the 36 students chosen as finalists for the 36th annual edition of the SAA, three come from the College: Kwibum Chung (MFA 2008 Computer Art) is a finalist in the Alternative category, and Anca Risca and Joji Tsuruga (both BFA 2008 Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects) were chosen in the Animation category.
The three dozen finalists will all participate in a week of movie-industry events in Hollywood, culminating in a gala awards ceremony on Saturday, June 13, when the Academy will announce winners in the Alternative, Animation, Documentary and Narrative categories.
Image: Kwibum Chung, still from Matter, in a quiescent state, prepares itself to be transformed, 2008.