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Computer Animation Grad Wins 2018 Student Academy Award

Updated after the 2018 Student Academy Award ceremony on Oct 11.

Congratulations to Eaza Shukla (CA,‘18) and to the entire Computer Animation department! Last night she won the bronze medal for her piece, Re-Gifted !  This makes her eligible for a professional Oscar this February–fingers crossed and CONGRATULATIONS!

About the 2018 Student Academy Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voted 19 student winners in the 45th Student Academy Awards. Eaza won for her work, Re-Gifted, in the Animation category. The film, which follows the life of an unwanted gift that is passed from person to person, explores some sensitive and heartfelt issues, which artist Easa discussed in her statement:

With the film, I sought to make a quiet and atmospheric piece based on my own feelings of isolation and struggles to belong. I wanted the story to resonate with people and encourage them to reflect upon the way we treat ourselves and others. The core message of the film is that even though there may be times we face hardships and feel extremely inadequate, we must never give up on ourselves.

Watch Re-Gifted.

This marks the 14th Student Academy Award for the Ringling College Computer Animation department! 

This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,582 entries from 278 domestic and 122 international colleges and universities, which were voted upon by a record number of Academy members.

Students will arrive in Los Angeles for a week of industry activities that will culminate in the awards ceremony on Thursday, October 11, at 7:30 p.m., at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.  The medal placements – gold, silver and bronze – in the seven award categories will be announced at the ceremony. 

A huge round of applause for Eaza, and to all the winners announced (see below). Fingers crossed for her medal placement in the ceremony next month!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WINNERS! 
The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):

Alternative (Domestic Film Schools)
Shae Demandt, “Reanimated,” Florida State University

Animation (Domestic Film Schools)
Yu Yu, “Daisy,” University of Southern California
Hanna Kim, “Raccoon and the Light,” California Institute of the Arts
Eaza Shukla, “Re-Gifted,” Ringling College of Art and Design

Animation (International Film Schools)
Pierre Perveyrie, Maximilien Bougeois, Marine Goalard, Irina Nguyen-Duc and Quentin Dubois, “The Green Bird,” MOPA 

Documentary (Domestic Film Schools)
Mathieu Faure, “An Edited Life,” New York University
Lauren Schwartzman, “Dust Rising,” University of California, Berkeley
Yiying Li, “Love & Loss,” University of Southern California

Documentary (International Film Schools)
Mart Bira, “Nomadic Doctor,” University of Hertfordshire

Narrative (Domestic Film Schools)
Brian Robau, “Esta Es Tu Cuba”/”This Is Your Cuba,” Chapman University
Kelley Kali, “Lalo’s House,” University of Southern California
Hua Tong, “Spring Flower,” University of Southern California

Narrative (International Film Schools)
István Kovács, “A Siege,” University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest
Lisa Gertsch, “Almost Everything,” Zurich University of the Arts
Jonatan Etzler, “Get Ready with Me,” Stockholm Academy of the Arts

Image is a still from Re-Gifted. 

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