Two SVA alumni have been nominated for the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards: Yue Liu (MFA Computer Art 2011 and BFA Animation 2008) for his animated short Shinobi Blues and Hanzhang Shen (MFA Social Documentary Film 2011) for her documentary Why Am I Still Alive. Winners will be flown out to Los Angeles for a week of industry activities and social events that will culminate in the awards ceremony on June 9 at 6pm at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The Student Academy Awards currently offer prizes in four categories: Alternative, Animation, Documentary and Narrative. Gold, silver, and bronze awards are given in each category, with accompanying cash grants of $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000, respectively. A separate award is given annually to a student filmmaker from outside the United States. To extend the impact and honor beyond the competition, a compilation presentation of the gold medal award-winning films is circulated each year free of charge to educational and non-profit organizations nationwide.