They don’t get an Oscar just yet, but the winners of the Student Academy Awards certainly get a boost as they set out to tell their stories on the big screen.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors a wide selection of student films each year, and this 39th class includes tales both harrowing, heartbreaking and hilarious — from a man placing a desperate bet on a horse to save his dog, to a border patrol agent robbing a cartel to save her own life. The winners in each category will be honored Saturday night, where gold, silver, and bronze rankings will be announced.
Have a look for yourself after the jump — you could these names again soon at a theater near you.
The Reality Clock
Made by Amanda Tasse of the University of Southern California, The Reality Clock is a 3-D, stop-motion animated experimental film goes inside the mind of an aging watchmaker as dementia warps his sense of reality.
The 2-D, sketch-animated Western Eyrie, from David Wolter of the California Institute of the Arts, tells the story of a young shepherd boy who reluctantly fulfills his daily duties, only to find that a large eagle is swooping down to prey on his flock.
The Jockstrap Raiders
In this film from Mark Nelson of the University of California, Los Angeles, The Jockstrap Raiders are a group of rejects from the military during World War I who must band together to save England from the invading forces of the Kaiser.
My Little Friend
This computer animated film calls to mind classic Looney Tunes conflict with its story of man vs. (smarter) beast. Eric Prah of Ringling College of Art and Design documents the battle for crumbs between a hungry hobo and a shrewd pigeon.