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39th Student Academy Award Winners Prove Dreams Can Be Your Reality

39th Student Academy Award Winners
39th Student Academy Award Winners
39th Student Academy Awards
39th Student Academy Awards

Mingle Media TV and Red Carpet Report host, Kallie Kerns, were invited to come out and cover The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences 39th Student Academy Awards at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, CA. Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal awards were presented to student filmmakers in the following categories: Alternative, Animation, Narrative, Documentary and Foreign Student Film.

Watch our Video Interviews from the Red Carpet with: Thomas StuberRyan ProwsMark RasoMark Nelson, Keiko Wright, Justin Tipping, Heather Burky,  Eric Prah, Elmar Imanov, Ellen Tripler, David Wolter, David Winstone, Amanda Tasse.

One of the stories we found very touching was that of Documentary Bronze Medal Winner, Heather Burky, who is a mother of three and at the age of 33 was inspired by Oprah to change her life and follow her passion, filmmaking. Her Documentary, “Lost Country” shares the lives of three cuban refugees who fought Castro. Watch the video coverage and hear more stories like this one including one filmmaker’s parents involvement including his mom packing lunches for the crew.

Congratulations to everyone who participated and to the winners of this competition. It’s great to see the talent and passion – no matter what age. Follow your passion and you too can make it happen.

Winners of the 39th Student Academy Awards

39th Student Academy Award Winners
39th Student Academy Award Winners


  • Eyrie, David Wolter, California Institute of the Arts (Valencia)
  • The Jockstrap Raiders, Mark Nelson, University of California-Los Angeles
  • My Little Friend, Eric Prah, Ringling College of Art and Design (Sarasota, Fla.)


  • Dying Green, Ellen Tripler, American University (Washington, D.C.)
  • Hiro: A Story of Japanese Internment, Keiko Wright, New York University
  • Lost Country, Heather Burky, Art Institute of Jacksonville (Fla.)


  • Nani, Justin Tipping, American Film Institute (Los Angeles)
  • Narcocorrido, Ryan Prows, American Film Institute (Los Angeles)
  • Under, Mark Raso, Columbia University (New York)


  • The Reality Clock, Amanda Tasse, University of Southern California


  • Elsie, David Winstone, University of Westminster (United Kingdom)
  • Of Dogs and Horses, Thomas Stuber, Film Academy Baden-Wuertternberg (Germany)
  • The Swing of the Coffin Maker, Elmar Imanov, The International Film School (Cologne Germany)

See our Photo Coverage from the Red Carpet Here

Sorry - you can't take this Oscar with you!
Sorry - you can't take this Oscar with you!

About the Student Academy Awards
The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 43 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared eight awards. At the 83rd Academy Awards earlier this year, 2010 Student Academy Award winner Luke Matheny took home the Oscar for his Live Action Short Film “God of Love.”  Tanel Toom, another 2010 Student Academy Award winner, also was nominated in the Live Action Short Film category for “The Confession,” and John Lasseter, a 1979 and 1980 Student Academy Award winner, was a nominee in the Adapted Screenplay category for “Toy Story 3.” For more on the Student Academy Awards visit http://www.oscars.org/saa

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.


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