Oscars: 2023 Student Academy Awards® Winners Unveiled and Celebrated

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50th International Student Film Competition Marks Milestone Achievement

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Announcing the winners of the 2023 Student Academy Awards®

A historic milestone in the world of cinema is reached as the 50th edition of the Student Academy Awards® competition, meticulously organized by the renowned Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, unveils its exceptional winners. This prestigious competition received an astounding 2,443 submissions from 720 esteemed colleges and universities spanning the globe. Amongst this impressive pool of talent, 14 exceptional students have emerged triumphant in 2023, joining the esteemed ranks of past luminaries such as Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Spike Lee, Patricia Riggen, and Robert Zemeckis.

Celebrating Excellence in Cinematic Artistry

The accomplished winners are listed below by category.


  • Leo Behrens: “Skin” – American Film Institute


  • Gabriel Augerai, Romain Augier & Yannick Jacquin: “Boom” – École des Nouvelles Images, France
  • César Luton, Achille Pasquier & Clémence Bailly: “Diplomatie de l’Éclipse” – MoPA 3D Animation School, France
  • Lisa Kenney: “Mum’s Spaghetti” – National Film and Television School, United Kingdom


  • Lyuwei Chen: “Duet” – New York University
  • Jean Chapiro: “Hasta Encontrarlos (Till We Find Them)” – Columbia University
  • Giorgio Ghiotto: “Wings of Dust” – New York University


  • Mark Gerstorfer: “Invisible Border” – Filmakademie Wien, Austria
  • Iain Aigin Stronach Forbes: “Revisited” – Den Norske Filmskolen, Norway
  • Tamara Denić: “Istina (Truth)” – Hamburg Media School, Germany

This year, École des Nouvelles Images (France) receives its first-time honors, further enriching the legacy of excellence in student filmmaking.

Oscar Glory Beckons

All the films honored with a Student Academy Award now stand as strong contenders for the 2023 Oscars® in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, or Documentary Short Film categories. Notably, previous recipients of this esteemed award have garnered an impressive 67 Oscar® nominations, securing 12 of the coveted statuettes.

A Grand Celebration

The grand award ceremony will be held in person on Tuesday, October 24, at 7:30 p.m. The historic Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills will play host to this momentous event. It is on this occasion that the coveted medal placements – gold, silver, and bronze – for the four award categories will be unveiled.

A Night of Cinematic Splendor

While the 50th Student Academy Awards ceremony on October 24 is a free and open-to-the-public event, securing advance tickets is imperative. You can conveniently obtain your tickets online at oscars.org, starting today. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is centrally located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard, making it easily accessible to all film enthusiasts.

Nurturing Emerging Talents Since 1972

Established in 1972, the Student Academy Awards have served as a vital launchpad for talents worldwide. It provides them with invaluable opportunities to showcase their creative skills within the film industry. Over the years, it has remained steadfast in its commitment to nurturing and celebrating emerging filmmakers, further enriching the tapestry of cinematic excellence.

Connecting with StudentFilmmakers.com: Nurturing Emerging Filmmakers

In alignment with our commitment to supporting and celebrating emerging talents in the world of filmmaking, we are thrilled to highlight the remarkable achievements of these dynamic filmmakers. The journey from student filmmaking to industry recognition resonates deeply within our network, emphasizing the vital role platforms like the Student Academy Awards play in providing young filmmakers with the visibility and opportunities they rightly deserve.

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StudentFilmmakers.com is more than just a website; it’s a thriving creative community and network designed to empower emerging filmmakers. By joining our community, you gain access to a wealth of resources, including filmmaking articles, industry insights, networking opportunities, and a platform to showcase your work. Whether you’re a student filmmaker or a seasoned pro, our community offers a space to learn, grow, and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for storytelling through film.

Exploring the Insights of Past Winners

Delve into the valuable perspectives of previous winners we’ve had the privilege of interviewing:

Gold Medal, 47th Student Academy Awards, Alternative/Experimental category

Gold Medal, 48th Student Academy Awards, Animation category

Silver Medal, 48th Student Academy Awards, Narrative (International Film Schools)

“Mime Your Manners”
Silver Medal, 47th Student Academy Awards, Animation (Domestic Film Schools)

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