Congratulations Student Academy Award Winners Kal Athannassov, John McDonald, and Echo Wu!

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has just announced the 43rd Student Academy Awards, naming Computer Animation students Kal Athannassov, John McDonald, and Echo Wu winners in the Animation category for their work, The Wishgranter. 17 students were announced as winners this year in the categories of Alternative, Animation, Documentary, Narrative, Foreign Narrative, Foreign Animation, and Foreign Documentary.

According to Animation World Network, the “Academy received a record number of entries this year—1,749 films from 286 domestic and 95 international colleges and universities—which were voted by a record number of Academy members.”

The Student Academy Awards will be held September 22 at 7:30 pm in Beverly Hills. The medal placements – gold, silver and bronze – in the seven award categories will be announced at the ceremony.

This makes the 12th Student Academy Award won by students of the Ringling College Computer Animation program.

Congratulations to our winning students and to all of our finalists! Of this year’s seven projects competing in the final round, three were the work of Ringling College students.


View the work of our finalists.

Watch The Wishgranter.

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