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Student Academy Awards

Please consult the program website to confirm program details, including applicable deadlines.

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Program Description

Annual competition in which student filmmakers – many of whom have gone on to successful careers in movies and television – are judged and awarded trophies and cash grants by members of the Academy.

Film Categories: Films are judged in four categories: Animation, Documentary, Narrative, and Alternative.

Selection Criteria

Entries are judged on resourcefulness, originality, entertainment, and production quality without regard to cost of production or subject matter.


Must be a full-time student in a degree-granting program at an accredited U.S. college or university. Film must have been made in a teacher-student relationship within the institution's curricular structure. If filmmaker has graduated or left the program, film may be submitted no later than one year from filmmaker's date of departure. Each year an outstanding student filmmaker from outside the U.S. is also honored.


There are no citizenship requirements for this award.


Usually April 1.

How To Apply



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