AFI Makes History at 2015 Student Academy Awards

AFI made history tonight by winning all three medals — gold, silver and bronze — in the Narrative category of the 42nd Student Academy Awards.

This year, AFI won more medals than any other film school and the first-ever sweep of the Narrative category with all three honors is unprecedented in the history of the Student Academy Awards. The top prize in the competition — the gold medal — went to director/writer Henry Hughes, (AFI Class of 2014) for DAY ONE. The silver medal was awarded to director/writer Jeremy Cloe (AFI Class of 2014) for THIS WAY UP; and the bronze medal to director Bennett Lasseter (AFI Class of 2014) for STEALTH. Congrats to all of the winners.

Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to earn 47 Oscar ® nominations and either won or shared eight Academy Awards ® — including two-time Student Academy Award winner John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and father of this year’s winner Bennett Lasseter.

This continues the winning streak of graduates for their AFI film work: the 2015 Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation First Prize; the 72nd Venice International Festival’s Grand Jury Prize; five wins at the 36th College Television Awards; two wins at the 2014 DGA Student Film Awards and the 2015 BAFTA U.S. Student Film Award. The winning films by AFI Conservatory Class graduates are now eligible for the Oscars ®.

Learn more about the films here.

Photo: Narrative film winners Bennett Lasseter (left), Henry Hughes (center) and Jeremy Cloe prior to the 42nd Annual Student Academy Awards on Thursday, September 17, 2015 in Beverly Hills. Credit: Matt Petit / ©A.M.P.A.S.

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