New Expanded Foreign Film Category

Winners Eligible for Oscars®

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Academy is now accepting entries for its 2016
Student Academy Awards
® competition.  All Student Academy Award® winners become eligible for Oscars® consideration.  The entry deadline for submissions is Wednesday, June 1.

this year, the Foreign Film category has been expanded to include
separate awards for narrative, animation and documentary entries.  Gold,
Silver and Bronze Medal awards may be given in the Foreign
Film Narrative category; Gold Medal awards may be given in the Foreign
Film Animation and the Foreign Film Documentary categories.  The U.S.
competition categories remain the same: Alternative, Animation,
Narrative and Documentary.

the second year, students are asked to submit their films online using
FilmFreeway, a widely used festival and competition platform.  Complete
rules and a link to the online submission platform are
available at

43rd Student Academy Awards presentation will be held on Thursday,
September 22, at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. 

winners have gone on to receive 49 Oscar nominations and have won or
shared eight awards.  This year two 2015 Student Academy Award winners
received Oscar nominations in the Live Action Short Film
category: Henry Hughes, a Gold Medal winner in the Narrative category
for “Day One,” and Patrick Vollrath, a Bronze Medal winner in the
Foreign Film category for “Everything Will Be Okay (Alles Wird Gut).” 
Past Student Academy Award winners include acclaimed filmmakers
Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, Trey Parker and
Robert Zemeckis.

U.S. competition is open to all full-time undergraduate and graduate
students whose films are made within the curricular structure of an
eligible accredited institution.  In the Foreign Film
Narrative, Foreign Film Animation and Foreign Film Documentary
categories, eligible schools are allowed to submit one student film per
category to the competition.  For a complete list of eligibility
requirements, visit

1972, the Academy established the Student Academy Awards to provide a
platform for emerging global filmmakers by creating opportunities within
the industry to showcase their work.