The 40th Anniversary Student Academy Awards competition is officially underway and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is now accepting entries, the organization announced on January 17.
Awards are given out for Gold, Silver and Bronze medal winners along with cash prizes for the following categories: Alternative, Animation, Narrative, Documentary and Foreign Student Film. Rules of the competition andd online application forms are available at Oscars.org/saa.
The U.S. competition is open to all full-time college and university students at accredited institutions. The films must be made within the curricular structure of a film program or class at their respective schools.
For 2013, the Academy has limited the accepted accreditation agencies for U.S. institutions to the following: Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools; New England Association of Schools and Colleges; North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; Western Association of Schools and Colleges; and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. U.S. entries must be submitted by Monday, April 1, 2013.
In the Foreign Student Film category, entries are accepted only from full-time college and university students attending schools that are members of the international film school organization known as CILECT and located outside the borders of the United States. The deadline to submit a foreign student film for consideration is Friday, March 22, 2013.
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Check out the full list of 2013 Oscar nominees here. The awards ceremony will air live on Sunday, February 24, 2013 on ABC, OnTheRedCarpet.com's parent company.