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SJSU Animation/Illustration Students are National Finalists for the 40th Annual Student Academy Awards

Couch and Potatoes, a stop-motion, animated short film directed by SJSU Animation/Illustration students Eunsoo Jeong and Christopher Lam, has been selected to be a National Finalists for the 40th Annual Student Academy Awards.

The Student Academy Awards is a national student film competition conducted by the Academy and the Academy Foundation. Each year over 500 college and university film students from all over the United States compete for awards and cash grants, with films being judged in four categories: Animation, Documentary, Narrative and Alternative. Film students from outside the U.S. are honored each year as well. The presentation ceremony is a popular event that is annually attended by a capacity audience in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

To reach this stage, U.S. students competed in one of three regional competitions. Each region is permitted to send to the Academy up to three finalists in each of the four categories.

Through the Student Academy Awards, the Academy recognizes and encourages this country’s most promising new filmmakers. Past winners include Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Bob Saget and Oscar winners John Lasseter and Robert Zemeckis.

Final judging by the Academy will be completed by May 20, 2013, and announcement of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal Award winners in each category will be made at the Student Academy Awards Presentations on June 8, 2013, in Beverly Hills, California.

SJSU Animation/Illustration Program Coordinator, Alice Carter, is ecstatic. “We are so proud of Eunsoo and Chris and all of the success they have earned from their film. We are especially gratified to honor a goal we set with DreamWorks Animation in 2008, when they made a significant donation to our program. At that time, DreamWorks told us that they would like to have an SJSU Student Academy Award nominee within five years. Thanks to our dedicated faculty and motivated students, we made it. Sharing this news with Dreamworks was the icing on the cake.”