Nominations announced for Student Academy Awards 2020

Diploma film The Beauty has been nominated in the category “Animation (International Film Schools)” along with two other finalists.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released a full list of the 2020 Student Academy Awards finalists. Established in 1972, the Student Academy Awards is an international student film competition. Each year, college and university film students from all over the world send their entries to be judged in the following categories: Alternative/Experimental (Domestic and International Film Schools), Animation (Domestic/International Film Schools), Documentary (Domestic/International Film Schools), and Narrative (Domestic/International Film Schools).

Winning the Student Academy Awards presents the young filmmakers with the opportunity to compete in the Academy Awards. In the past, Student Academy Award winners have won 11 Oscars and received 63 Oscar nominations. It is a matter of pride for the Student Academy Awards winners to join a prestigious list of past winners including Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Patricia Riggen, Cary Fukunaga, Patricia Cardoso, and Spike Lee.

This year, Animationsinstitut of the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, has produced a diploma film, The Beauty, that has been nominated in the category “Animation (International Film Schools)” along with two other finalists. The 47th Student Academy Awards ceremony will take place on October 15, 2020.

The animated short film The Beauty (Director: Pascal Schelbli; VFX Supervisor: Marc Angele; Animation: Noel Winzen; Producers: Tina Vest, Aleksandra Todorovic) deals with oceans being polluted by plastic. The film takes the audience on a poetic journey through a fascinating underwater world, where plastic and nature become one. For one breath, worries and feelings of guilt seem to dissolve between eerily beautiful coral reefs and the mysterious depths of the ocean.

The short film has already won the renowned VES Award in the category “Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project” and received the Jury’s Choice Award at the first virtual SIGGRAPH. After the Oscar, the VES Awards are the most important distinction for outstanding projects in the field of visual effects and are presented once a year by the Visual Effects Society.