LOS ANGELES - FEB 22: Oscar statue in the press room at the Oscars held at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles, California on February 22, 2009

Aspiring filmmakers are joining the company of acclaimed directors Spike Lee, Pete Docter, John Lasseter, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis, as winners of the 42nd Student Academy Awards.

The 15 winners of the 42nd annual award, which honors student directors, triumphed among a competitive pool of 1,686 films from 282 domestic and 93 international colleges and universities. They will be honored with gold, silver and bronze medals at a ceremony held Sept. 17 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):


“Chiaroscuro,” Daniel Drummond, Chapman University, California

“Zoe,” ChiHyun Lee, The School of Visual Arts, New York


“An Object at Rest,” Seth Boyden, California Institute of the Arts

“Soar,” Alyce Tzue, Academy of Art University, San Francisco

“Taking the Plunge,” Nicholas Manfredi and Elizabeth Ku-Herrero, The School of Visual Arts


“Boxeadora,” Meg Smaker, Stanford University

“I Married My Family’s Killer,” Emily Kassie, Brown University

“Looking at the Stars,” Alexandre Peralta, University of Southern California


“Day One,” Henry Hughes, American Film Institute, California

“Stealth,” Bennett Lasseter, American Film Institute

“This Way Up,” Jeremy Cloe, American Film Institute

Foreign Film

“Everything Will Be Okay…,” Patrick Vollrath, Filmakademie Wien, Austria

“Fidelity,” Ilker Catak, Hamburg Media School, Germany