News 17 SEP 2020

First Belgian winner at the Student Academy Awards

A graduation film from Wallonia-Brussels won at this year's Student Academy Awards, the student film competition of the Oscars’ Academy. It is the first time a Belgian film wins an award at this competition.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has voted 18 students as winners of the 47th Student Academy Awards competition.  This year, the Student Academy Awards received a total of 1,474 entries. The 2020 winners join the ranks of such past Student Academy Award winners as Patricia Cardoso, Pete Docter, Cary Fukunaga, Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Patricia Riggen and Robert Zemeckis.

The Wallonia-Brussels short film directed by Marie Mc Court and produced by MédIADiffusion, who produces the films of the Institut des Arts de Diffusion (IAD) school, I Was Still There When You Left Me won in the best Narrative International Film Schools category.

It is the first Belgian film to win at the Student Academy Awards competition since its creation in 1972. All Student Academy Award-winning films are eligible to compete for 2020 Oscars in the Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film or Documentary Short Subject category.