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BAFTA US Student Film Awards: Shortlist Announced

11 May 2015

BAFTA Los Angeles and BAFTA New York are pleased to announce the 2015 BAFTA US Student Film Awards Shortlist.

BAFTA US Student Film Awards 2015The annual event recognizes the best Student Short Films of the year, and will be held at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills on June 25, 2015.

The Student Film Awards celebrate the very best of international student filmmaking.

This year marked the first time that the Student Film Awards was open nationwide. Some 90 film schools across the US were invited to submit their very best student shorts, and a panel of academicians, film professionals and short film programmers selected the short list from the submission pool.


The shortlisted films are:

Audrey Makes a Mixtape by James Mackenzie, Loyola Marymount University

Barstow by Shelby Thomas, Chapman University

The Boy Under the Piano by Philippa Wong, School of Visual Arts

Day One by Henry Hughes, American Film Institute

Drifting by Joel Benjamin, DePaul University

Fighter by Nature by JP Keenan & Aryelle Cormier, Ithaca College

Fragile Dreams by Kevin Molina-Ortiz, Loyola Marymount University

Grooming by Kaushik Sampath, University of Southern California

Jinxy Jenkins, Lucky Lou by Michael Bidinger & Michelle Kwon, Ringling College of Art and Design

Legend of the Flying Tomato by Sharon Huang, Aurry Tan & Michael Yates, Ringling College of Art and Design

Lucy by Zoe Lubeck, DePaul University

A Man in the Woods by Jacob Streilein, California Institute of the Arts

Of Mice and Moon by David Brancato, Ringling College of Art and Design

A Mighty Nice Man by Jonathan Dee, Columbia University

Mt. Molehill by Jesse Stewart, Colorado Film School

Partiu by Felipe Prado, New York University

A Portrait of Abuse by Nick Chianese, Vassar College

Returning Home by Thomas Wood, New York University

Soar by Alyce Tzue, Academy of Art University

Sina Forma by Garette Henson, Columbia University

South Arcadia St. by Melanie D’Andrea, University of Southern California

A Teenage Drama by Phillip Davis, American Film Institute

Trash, Manufactured by Christopher Jones, Loyola Marymount University

Unspoken by Eric Otten, Chapman University

Wire Cutters by Jack Anderson, Chapman University


These 25 films will advance to the next round of voting. A special panel of voting BAFTA members will decide the finalists. The finalists will compete for the BAFTA US Student Film Award and the Special Jury Prize, presented by AKA. 

BAFTA Los Angeles and BAFTA New York congratulate all shortlisted filmmakers, and we look forward to welcoming our finalists on June 25th at The Wallis.