This week fifteen students have been voted as winners of the Student Academy Awards, which provides a platform for global emerging talent to showcase their work within the industry. The competition, which has been running since 1972, has five categories - Alternative, Animation, Documentary, Narrative and Foreign Film - with three winners selected in each.
The Academy received a record number of entries this year with 1685 films from 375 different colleges and universities. Check out the very impressive work by the three winning films for animation below. Previous winners in this this category include Pixars' Pete Docter and John Lasseter.
The medal placements of gold, silver and bronze will be announced in an awards ceremony on September 17th at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, CA. This event is free and open to the public, so if you're in the area tickets can be found here.
"Taking the Plunge" was created by Nicholas Manfredi, Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, Thaddaeus Andreades and Marie Raoult at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York. This animated short film made in Maya tells the story of how a young mans' wedding proposal is put in jeopardy and he's forced to dive into unknown waters to salvage his plan.
More info about the film can be found on its Facebook page.
Soar was made by Alyce Tzue at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. The short is about a thirteen-year-old girl, Mara, who dreams of becoming an aeroplane designer. Every day she test flies her model aeroplanes and every day they crash. Then one day a tiny boy and his flying machine drops out of the sky. His ship is broken and his fleet will leave without him, unless Mara can fly him back home before it's too late. This film is playing at festivals at the moment so it's not available online, but the story reel and trailer will give you a good idea of what it's like.
For more information about how the film was created, check out the official website here.
"An Object at Rest" was created by Seth Boyden at California Institute of Arts (CalArts), a school well known for the long list of alumni that's gone on to work for Disney and Pixar. This beautiful film, which layers digital animation on top of handpainted watercolor backgrounds, took nine months to complete and follows the life of a stone as it travels over the course of millennia.
If you like this film and want to see more of Seths' work, check out his blog which is full of wonderful illustrations.