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Florida Students Named Academy Winners
(released 5/23/2005)

What started out as 29 finalists in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' 32nd annual Student Academy Awards competition has been narrowed to the winners list of 12 students. Among the 29 finalists were 2 students from Florida schools. Both of these finalists have been announced as winners. All of the winners will participate in a week of industry-related activities and social events culminating June 12 with the awards presentation ceremony at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title within category)

"Knock Knock," Jaron Henrie-McCrea, Ball State University, Indiana
"Your Dark Hair Ihsan," Tala Hadid, Columbia University, New York City

"9," Shane Acker, University of California, Los Angeles
"Frog," Christopher Conforti, School of Visual Arts, New York City
"Things That Go Bump in the Night," Joshua G. Beveridge, Ringling School of Art and Design, Sarasota, Florida

"The Life of Kevin Carter," Dan Krauss, University of California, Berkeley
"Listen," Kimby Caplan, Southern Methodist University
"Unhitched," Erin Hudson and Ben Wu, Stanford University

"Charm," Melissa Rossi, Florida State University Film School
"Victoria Para Chino," Cary Fukunaga, New York University
"Wednesday Afternoon," Alonso F. Mayo, American Film Institute, Los Angeles

Honorary Foreign Student Film Award
"The Runaway," Ulrike Grote, University of Hamburg

While the U.S. students know they will each receive an award, the level of that award – gold, silver or bronze – will not be revealed until the June 12 ceremony. Besides trophies, gold medalists receive $5,000, silver medalists are awarded $3,000 and bronze medal recipients are presented with $2,000.

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