Student Academy Awards 2023 Student Academy Awards 2023

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed the finalists for this year’s Student Academy Awards.

Eight films were selected for this year’s animation competition while animated pieces also appeared in both the Alternative/Experimental section and the Documentary fields.

The Academy has not yet announced the date and location for this year’s Student Academy Awards. Three awards will be presented in the animation category: Gold Medal, Silver Medal, and Bronze Medal. All three winning shorts will qualify to compete for this year’s Academy Award for best animated short.

Here are this year’s finalists:


Boom, Gabriel Augerai, Romain Augier & Yannick Jacquin, École des Nouvelles Images (France)

Two dumb birds try their best to protect their eggs from a volcano eruption.


Diplomatie de L’Éclipse, Cesar Luton, Achille Pasquier & Clémence Bailly, MoPA 3D Animation School (France)

Human kind receives notice from the Sun and Moon that at a moment of alignment, a total eclipse, humanity will vanish. The World Council has decided to send its best negotiator to stop that outcome.

Friendly Fire, Tom Koryto Blumen, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem (Israel)

A game of soccer between an Israeli soldier and a Palestinian child escalates into an uneven battle. The short was painted frame by frame on the West Bank wall.

The Little Poet, Justine King, California Institute of the Arts (United States)

Works by Richard Emile Miller, Georges Seurat, Claude Monet, Vincent Van Gogh, Joan Miró, Piet Mondrian, Qi Baishi, and other artists are invaded by a young egg-shaped dreamer that wanders from one landscape to another.

Mum’s Spaghetti, Lisa Kenney, National Film and Television School (United Kingdom)

Master MC Poppy and her beatboxing border terrier Snoop look to make themselves known in a new neighborhood and new community. But are they as hard as they imagine?

Samara Op.4, Maxime Wattrelos, Jérémy Trochet & Marie Heribel, Pôle 3D Digital & Creative School (France)

An old automaton sculptor retraces his own life throughout the four seasons.

The Sun Is Bad, Rachel Mow, Savannah College of Art & Design (United States)

Set in Hong Kong during the late 1980s, a temperamental girl tries to destroy the sun and stop it from melting her city using toys and whatever she has.

Tear Off, Clément Del Negro, Camille Souchard & Matthias Bourgeuil, Rubika (France)

A look at the dark side of a seemingly utopian community, this film explores the world of bees with a story that highlights the fear of the unknown, the dark, and claustrophobia.


The Posthuman Hospital, Junha Kim, California Institute of the Arts (United States)

The Posthuman Hospital is an experimental animation film about an imaginary hospital showing the medical records of its posthuman patients.


Rising Above, Natálie Durchánková, Filmová a Televizní Fakulta Akademie Múzických Umění v Praze (Czech Republic)

The story and feelings of a woman who became a victim of rape and attempted murder are animated in this short documentary. Her severe trauma is symbolized by a broken mirror and her futile effort to put the pieces back together.

Rising Above

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