2023 Student Academy Awards Semifinalists Announced

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Last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (The Academy) announced the semifinalists for this year’s Student Academy Awards, with CalArtians making the short list.

Character Animation student Justine King (Film/Video BFA 2024) is a semifinalist in the animation category for her film, “The Little Poet,” which won the Walter and Gracie Lantz Animation Prize at this year’s Character Animation Producers’ Show. The four-minute film follows the titular character through some of art history’s most iconic works.

Junha Kim (Art MFA 22) is named in the alternative/experimental category for his film, “The Posthuman Hospital,” about an imaginary hospital that shows the medical records of its “posthuman patients.” Kim’s original computer graphic works have been featured in shows including Japan Media Arts Festival and SIGGRAPH ASIA.

The Academy established the international student awards in 1972 to recognize and honor student filmmakers from around the world who demonstrate excellence in the creation of motion pictures. Past Student Academy Award winners include CalArts alums Pete Docter (Film/Video BFA 90), Brooke Keesling (Film/Video MFA 01), and Sujin Kim (Film/Video MFA 20), as well as Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker, and Spike Lee.

This year’s Student Academy Awards ceremony will take place in October in Los Angeles, at which point the gold, silver, and bronze medal winners will be announced.

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PUBLISHED BY Christine N. Ziemba

Christine is the director of Content at CalArts, responsible for the Institute's editorial in both print and online platforms. In addition, she oversees CalArts' social media accounts. In her spare time, she writes about the Santa Clarita food scene at scvfoodie.com.

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