Check the animation winners of the 2021 Student Academy Awards.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted 17 students as winners of the 48th Student Academy Awards® competition; its winners are eligible to compete in the short film categories (animation, live-action short films, and short doc).

This year, the Student Academy Awards competition received a total of 1,404 submissions from 210 domestic (US) and 126 international colleges and universities. In the animation categories, we have the following.

Animation (US Film Schools)

Gold: “Unforgotten,” Sujin Kim, California Institute of the Arts.

The film conveys the lifelong after-effects and painful memories of Korean women who suffered as forced “Comfort Women” in “Comfort Station” by Imperial Japanese military during World War II. “Comfort Woman” is euphemism for sex slave. In this animation, four late Korean victims give oral testimonies in a manner that each victim’s personal experience is connected to the next story, which together form one huge tragic tale about horrible sexual violence imposed over unprotected women during the wartime.


Silver: “Barking Orders,” Alexander Tullo, Ringling College of Art & Design


Bronze: “Slumber with Snakes,” Teagan Barrone, Cleveland Institute of Art

In 1921, an eleven-year-old African American boy was separated from his best friend while chased by a fuming, racist mob. Finding a cave, he was not put in danger by the mob but by the rattlesnakes that loom inside.

Animation (International Film Schools)

Gold: “Les Chaussures de Louis,” Théo Jamin, Kayu Leung and Marion Philippe, MoPA (France)

Louis, an eight and a half years old autistic kid, arrives in his new school and he is about to introduce himself.

All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for 2021 Oscars® in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film or Documentary Short Subject category.  Past winners have gone on to receive 65 Oscar nominations and have won or shared 14 awards. 

Watch the full 2021 Student Academy Awards ceremony

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