2017 BAFTA New York Scholar Kevin Wilson, Jr. Wins Gold Medal at the Student Academy Awards
From The Wrap:
"Students from NYU, Berkeley and Ringling College of Art and Design have won gold medals at the 2017 Student Academy Awards, which were handed out on Thursday night at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in the Academy’s Beverly Hills headquarters.
NYU’s Max R. A. Fedore won gold in the alternative category for “Opera of Cruelty,” while the school’s Kevin Wilson, Jr. won gold in the narrative category for “My Nephew Emmett.” Berkeley’s Brad Bailey took the documentary gold for “Hale,” while Ringing’s Beth David and Esteban Bravo received the top award in animation for “In a Heartbeat.”
In the three international categories, the top winners were Katja Benrath from Hamburg Media School for “Watu Wote,” Chenglin Xie from China Central Academy of Fine Arts for “Life Smartphone” and Johannes Preuss from Filmakademi Baden-Wurttemberg for “Galamsey.”
The award for “Life Smartphone” marked the first time that China Central Academy of Fine Arts had ever been recognized at the Student Oscars, and was due to a rule change that made it easier for international students to enter.
Actor-director Andy Serkis, actor Alexis Bledel, producer DeVon Franklin and director Jennifer Yuh Nelson presented the awards. The winners were chosen by a record 468 members of the Academy who reviewed and voted on 1,587 films had been submitted by 356 film schools."