June 8, 2013
By Dana Ferguson
On Tuesday, Wouter Bouvijn left his home in Belgium for his dream trip to Hollywood.
Wednesday morning, the 25-year-old filmmaker from Deinze, a small municipality in East Flanders, sat in the lobby of the JW Marriott in Los Angeles, jet-lagged but eager, preparing for his weekend of events leading up to the Student Academy Award ceremony on Saturday.
"I'm so excited to see what the students here are doing," Bouvijn said. "It makes me wonder what my work could be like if I had gone to school in the U.S."
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to "support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level." This year the academy selected 13 applicants from universities in the United States (including Eusong Lee of California Institute of the Arts in Valencia and David Aristizabal and Jonathan Langager of USC) and three from international universities to receive its awards in Hollywood.
The 16 winners were flown to Los Angeles, put up in the JW Marriott and invited to attend meetings with directors, producers and screenwriters in Hollywood prior to the presentation of gold, silver and bronze medals in five categories (narrative, documentary, animation, alternative and foreign film) at a formal ceremony at the academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Read More .