The semi-finalists for the 48th annual Student Academy Awards have been selected !!!! 82 semi-finalists are this is the top 7% of all entrants. From which the Lebanese Student film “The Adam Basma Project” by Lebanese Student Director Leila Basma.
Despite the dark days that Lebanon is going through, the successes of the Lebanese individual continue to give us hope. Not only are the veteran directors shining their name globally in international festivals, but greater hope comes with a new generation that begins its path with global successes from the school’s seats.
My uncle left Lebanon when he was just a teenager to become a belly dancer. Growing up with only what he had left behind, I’ve been wondering my whole life who Adam truly is.
About Leila Basma
Leila is a filmmaker from Tyre, Lebanon. She holds a BA in Audiovisual Arts from IESAV (Institut d’Etudes Scenique et Audiovisuel) St Joseph University in Beirut and she’s currently based in Prague pursuing an MFA in Film Directing at FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague) – Czech Republic. Through her work, she tries to explore the themes of coming-of-age, self-exploration, and identity. She’s currently developing her next short film Sea Salt and her first feature documentary Dance with Me produced by Abbout Productions.
About the Academy GOLD
Academy GOLD is a global talent development and inclusion initiative that provides creative individuals of diverse backgrounds access and resources to achieve their career pathways in filmmaking. The initiative includes professional and creative development opportunities for above and below-the-line career pursuits through the Academy’s established programs – GOLD Rising, GOLD Fellowship for Women, the Student Academy Awards, and the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting. Academy GOLD will also offer a full continuum of support for all past participants and award recipients of these programs through the newly established GOLD Alumni Program.
Academy GOLD offers unprecedented and exclusive access to industry professionals through more than 10,000 Academy members and is designed to increase industry-wide diversity and inclusion while creating a diverse talent pipeline for the industry.
THE ACADEMY ESTABLISHED THE STUDENT ACADEMY AWARDS IN 1972 TO SUPPORT AND ENCOURAGE EXCELLENCE IN FILMMAKING AT THE COLLEGIATE LEVEL.
The Student Academy Awards is an international student film competition conducted by the Academy and the Academy Foundation. Each year over 1700 college and university film students from all over the world compete for awards and cash grants, with films being judged in seven categories, four domestic school categories (Animation, Documentary, Narrative, and Alternative) and three international school categories (Animation, Documentary, and Narrative). A presentation ceremony is a popular event that is annually attended by a capacity audience in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.
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, Cary Fukunaga, and Patricia Riggin and Oscar winners John Lasseter and Robert Zemeckis.
To extend the impact and honor beyond the competition, a compilation presentation of the medal-winning films is circulated each year free of charge to educational and non-profit organizations nationwide.
The Student Academy Awards is an international student film competition, established in 1972. Each year, college and university film students from all over the world compete for awards and cash grants, with films being judged in the following categories: Animation, Documentary, Live Action Narrative, and Alternative/Experimental. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to win 11 Oscars, and receive 63 Oscar nominations. Past SAA winners include Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Patricia Riggen, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Patricia Cardoso, and Spike Lee. Last year’s 47th Student Academy Awards Ceremony took place online on October 21, 2020.