The AFI Conservatory swept the 2015 Student Academy Awards with the most nominations of any film school in all of this year’s categories, dominating the Narrative category with the four of the seven nominees:
DAY ONE directed by Henry Hughes (AFI Class of 2014) The short film’s credits include AFI Class of 2014 alumni: director/writer Henry Hughes, producer Michael Steiner, cinematographer Kee Sun Kyung, editor Anisha Acharya and production designer Benjamin Cox. The film most recently won the 12th annual BAFTA U.S. Student Film Award. It has also earned director Hughes and producer Steiner the Directing award and the Drama award, respectively, at the 36th College Television Awards.
STEALTH directed by Bennett Lasseter (AFI Class of 2014) The short film’s credits include AFI Class of 2014 alumni: director Bennett Lasseter, producer/writer Melissa Hoppe, producer Muhua Yang, cinematographer Andressa Cordeiro, editor Leo Chan and production designer Stephanie Hass. The film was also recognized at 68th Cannes Film Festival’s Emerging Filmmaker Showcase with an Honorable Mention. It also earned Hoppe the Children’s Programming award at the 36th College Television Awards.
AGAINST NIGHT directed by Stefan Kubicki (AFI Class of 2014) The short film’s credits include AFI Class of 2014 alumni: director/writer Stefan Kubicki, producer Saba Zerehi, cinematographer Nicolas Navia, editor Shayar Bhansali and production designer Aleksandra Zgorska.
THIS WAY UP directed by Jeremy Cloe (AFI Class of 2014) The short film’s credits include AFI Class of 2014 alumni: director/writer Jeremy Cloe, writer Ed Lee, producer/writer Michael Langer, cinematographer Cory Warner, editor Steven Pristin and production designer Ying-Te “Julie” Chen.
The sweep of nominations continues the winning streak of the Conservatory’s recent graduates for their AFI film work: the 2015 Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation First Prize and the Emerging Filmmaker Showcase Honorable Mention; five wins at the 36th College Television Awards; two wins at the 2015 DGA Student Film Awards, the U.S. Student Film Award at the 12th annual BAFTA U.S. Student Film Awards and a bronze medal at the 2014 Student Academy Awards.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences administer The Student Academy Awards, an annual nationwide competition for college and university filmmakers that recognizes and encourages this country’s most promising new filmmakers. Winners will be announced September 17, 2015.