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2017 BAFTA Student Film Awards Winners

The 2017 BAFTA Student Film Awards were held on Thursday, June 22, 2017 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel DTLA.

The 2017 Award finalists were chosen from over 400 submissions by students at film schools in 15 countries across the world, including Argentina, Austria, Canada, China, Germany, India, Israel, Lebanon, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

The evening featured the Finalists films selected by a panel of industry professionals.  The best films in each category were chosen on the night for four top prizes - the BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation presented by LAIKA, the Student Film Award for Documentary, the Student Film Award for Live Action Film, and the Special Jury Prize, selected by the event's panel members.

We would like to give a big congratulations to the incredible winners of the 2017 BAFTA Student Film Awards (pictured below):


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Alicja Jasina, Once Upon a Line, USC

BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation Presented by LAIKA

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Kal Athannassov, John McDonald and Echo Wu, The Wishgranter, Ringling College of Art & Design

BAFTA Student Film Award for Animation Presented by LAIKA

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Daphne Matziaraki, 4.1 Miles, UC Berkley (represented by Mallory Pickett)

BAFTA Student Film Award for Documentary &
the 2017 Special Jury Prize Winner

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Jimmy Keyrouz, Nocturne in Black, Columbia University

BAFTA Student Film Award for Live Action


Our Special Jury for the 2017 Awards evening included BAFTA® and Oscar® nominated directors Ron Clements and John Musker (MoanaAladdinThe Princess and the Frog), Oscar® nominated actress Shohreh Aghdashloo, actor Ioan Gruffudd (LiarFantastic Four​), Emmy® nominated director/producer David Gelb (Chef’s Table), and BAFTA® nominated editor Joan Sobel (Nocturnal Animals).

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The program of activity curated for the finalist filmmakers during their time in Los Angeles also included a Masterclass presented by LAIKA’s Georgina Haynes and Oliver Jones, a lunch and presentation with The Third Floor, and a roundtable discussion on global production supported by Pinewood Studios Group.

The 2017 BAFTA Student Film Awards were sponsored by presenting sponsors LAIKA and Bank Leumi USA, as well as returning sponsors American Airlines, AKA, and AFEX.