The 2012 Foreign Film finalists for the Student Academy Awards competition include not one, but two German nominees this year. 29 countries submitted entries into the competition, and out of the 51 qualifying films, only 5 finalists make it into the official nomination. Unlike the non-student Academy Awards, there can be up to 3 winners and the selected students will get to take part in various industry activities and events for a week in Los Angeles. With two of the nominees being from Germany, there is a pretty good chance that at least one will win the award for best foreign film.
Winners will be announced during the official awards ceremony in Beverly Hills on June 9, and tickets are available to the public free of charge. Tickets do need to be ordered in advance though and can be ordered at www.oscars.org, in person at the Academy box office, or by mail.
The chosen finalists for the 2012 Foreign Film Student Oscar are listed alphabetically by film title below:
“Emily,” Benjamin Mathews, Australian Film Television and Radio School, Australia
“For Elsie,” David Winstone, University of Westminster, United Kingdom
“Of Dogs and Horses,” Thomas Stuber, Film Academy Baden-Wüerttemberg, Germany
“Skyborn,” Jamie Stone, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom
“The Swing of the Coffin Maker,” Elmar Imanov, The International Film School Cologne, Germany