Wouter Bouvijn’s short film Crossroads has been selected as one of the winners in the Student Academy Awards competition. Crossroads made it as one of the three finalists selected out of nine nominees in the Foreign Film category. Because of the selection, Bouvijn will be invited to Los Angeles to attend a week of industry and networking events prior to the awards ceremony on June 8. There it will become clear if the short from Flanders has won the bronze, silver or gold medal as Best Foreign Film. It’s the first time in the history of the ‘Student Oscars’ that an entry from a Flemish film school reaches the finals.

crossroadsfinewsEarlier this month Wouter Bouvijn, a graduate from the Brussels-based RITS School of Arts, received the news that his short film Crossroads was nominated for the Student Academy Awards. After screening all nominated films, the Executive Committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) now revealed its list of 15 finalists, including Crossroads as one of the three winners in the Foreign Film section. Its other two contenders originate from Great Britain and Switzerland.

During the official awards ceremony in LA, Bouvijn is to find out if his short Crossroads takes first, second or third place. It’s not just the first time that a graduate of RITS School of Arts reaches the finals; Bouvijn is also the very first student from a Flemish film school to come this far in the competition. In 1981, 1982 and 1986 students from the INSAS institute scooped awards, Jaco Van Dormael being one of them.

Crossroads is about two brothers who have to make a difficult decision when their father dies from a genetic disease. Main roles are played by Joren Seldeslachts and Tom De Hoog. Ben Van Ostade, Leen Dendievel, Lynn Van Royen, Karel Vingerhoets and Mieke De Groote form the rest of the cast. Music was written by Maarten Devoldere and Jinte Deprez from the Belgian band Balthazar. Earlier this year Crossroads already won the Jury Award at the Premiers Plan Festival in Angers, France.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (A.M.P.A.S.) organised the Student Academy Awards for the first time in 1972. The Student Oscars are awarded in five different categories: alternative, animation, documentary, fiction and foreign. The closing ceremony will be held on June 8 in the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in LA and will be led by Bob Saget (America's Funniest Home Videos, Full House), who won a Student Academy Award himself in 1978.

Published on Thursday 16 May 2013

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