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2016 BAFTA US Student Film Awards: Shortlist Announced

9 May 2016

BAFTA Los Angeles and BAFTA New York are pleased to announce the 2016 BAFTA US Student Film Awards Shortlist.

The 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 16, 2016.

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

Nearly 175 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 shortlist from a submission pool of 245 films.


The shortlisted films are:

219 by Ed Hancox, University of Texas Austin

Another Everest by Alek Kosinski, University of North Carolina School of the Arts

The Blue & the Beyond by Youri Dekker, San Jose State University

Cora by Kevin Maxwell, Santa Monica College

The Duke by Max Barbakow, American Film Institute

El Adiós by Clara Roquet, Columbia University

Gu by Jianjie Lin, New York University

HomeGirls by Elizabeth Cirillo, University of Southern California

Hola Llamigo by Christina Chang and Charlie Parisi, Ringling College of Art and Design

How Far I Want To Go by David Hutchinson, Pepperdine University

In Attla's Tracks by Catharine Axley, Stanford University

A Living Wage by Dan Albright and Andy Keyes, Emerson College

Macarrão by Iyabo Kwayana, University of California Los Angeles

My Aleppo by Melissa Langer, Stanford University

Nightlight by Ben Haist, University of California Los Angeles

None of That by Anna Paddock, Isabela Littger, and Kritti Kaur, Ringling College of Art and Design

An Object At Rest by Seth Boyden, California Institute of the Arts

Papa by Danny Russon, Brigham Young University

Pitter Patter Goes My Heart by Christoph Rainer, Columbia University

Ram's Horn by Jenna Hamzawi, Brigham Young University

Seide by Elnura Osmonalieva, New York University

Sons and Daughters of the Incarcerated by Denali Tiller-Schmidt, Rhode Island School of Design

Spark by Juan Martinez Vera, University of Southern California

Stay Awake by Jamie Sisley, Columbia University

A Test by Zixiang Zhau, New York University

Trail of Hope by Mohamed Echkouna, Savannah College of Art and Design

Unremarkable by Jared Anderson, American Film Institute

VICIOUS by Andrew Jeric, University of Southern California

When A Flame Stands Still by Michael Canon, California State University Northridge

Where We Stand by Kristine Stolakis, Stanford University


These 30 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. We would like to thank our sponsors AKA, AFEX, AMD, Adrian Flambard, and American Airlines for their support.

BAFTA Los Angeles and BAFTA New York congratulate all shortlisted filmmakers, and we look forward to welcoming our finalists on June 16th at The Wallis.