05-05-2008

Slovenian and Czech nominated for Student Academy Award

By FNE Staff

Film students Martin Duda from FAMU and Matev Luzar from the University of Ljubljana are among the five finalists competing for the Honorary Foreign Film Award at the Student Academy Awards on June 7 in Beverly Hills, California.

Duda's entry I Am Bigger and Better and Luzar's entry Vucko were chosen from 45 films representing 29 countries. They will compete against student films from Spain, Germany, and Israel. The finalists will travel to Los Angeles for a week of industry-related events prior to the awards ceremony.

In a press release, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Luzar's nomination was the first ever for Slovenia.

Several past student winners in this category have gone on to win Oscars, including Jan Sverak, winner of Best Foreign Film for Kolya.