Film by Kansas City Art Institute animators wins Student Academy Award

14 May 2010

Kansas City, Mo. (May 14, 2010) -- “Dried Up,” an animated film by Jeremy Casper (’09 animation), Isaiah Powers (’09 animation) and Stuart Bury (’10 animation), has won a Student Academy Award in the 37th annual Student Academy Awards competition hosted by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The filmmakers will travel to California for the award ceremony June 12, at which time they will learn whether their film is receiving a gold, silver or bronze award. Awards will be presented at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

Students from 10 U.S. colleges and universities were named winners in this year’s competition. Academy members view the films at special screenings and vote to determine the winners’ placements. The Academy brings the student filmmakers to Los Angeles for a week of industry-related activities and social events that culminate in the awards ceremy. One student filmmaker from the United Kingdom also has been selected to receive this year’s Honorary Foreign Film award.
Winners were announced in several categories: alternative, animation, documentary, narrative and honorary foreign film.
Gold medal award winners receive cash grants of $5,000; silver medal winners receive $3,000; and bronze medal winners receive $2,000. The foreign film winner receives a $1,000 cash grant.
About the Student Academy Awards
According to a press release from the Academy, the U.S. students first competed in one of three regional competitions. Each region was permitted to send as many as three finalist films in each of four award categories. Academy members then screened the finalists’ films and voted to select the winners. The Honorary Foreign Film winner was selected from a pool of 61 entries representing 36 countries.
The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 40 Oscar® nominations and have won or shared seven awards. At the 82nd Academy Awards earlier this year, Pete Docter, who earned a Student Academy Award in 1992, took home the Oscar for Animated Feature Film for “Up.”  He also earned a nomination for the original screenplay for the film. Additionally, Gregg Helvey, a 2009 Student Academy Award winner, received his first Oscar nomination in the Live Action Short Film category for “Kavi.”
The 37th Annual Student Academy Awards ceremony on June 12 is free and open to the public, but advance tickets are required. Tickets may be obtained online at, in person at the Academy box office or by mail. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call 310-247-3600.
About the Kansas City Art Institute
Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2010, the Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. KCAI also hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at