We are pleased to announce that four Chapman films have advanced to the Semi-Finalist stage of the 2017 Student Academy Awards:

Beginning of the Road – Graduate Documentary Thesis Film (dir. Jeremiah Thompson)
Dempsey the Diabetic SuperheroCommunity Voices Documentary Film (dir. Kendall Goldberg, Greyson Horst, Rocky Pajarito, Caroline Roffe)
A Foreman – Graduate Non-Thesis Film (dir. Daniel Drummond, 2015 Student Academy Award-winner)
G.R.E.T.A. – Undergraduate Thesis Film (dir. Tanner Cusumano)

Of the 1,586 films submitted to this year’s contest, 85 films have moved on to the next stage which puts the selected films in the top 5% of all submitted.

Last year, four Chapman films were selected as semi-finalists as well: Gardeners of the Forest (dirs. Ceylan Carhoglu, Nicole Jordan-Webber), It’s Just A Gun (dir. Brian Robau), Morg (dir. Brenna Foley), and Rocket (dir. Brenna Malloy). Both It’s Just a Gun and Rocket progressed to the finals, winning silver and bronze medal placements, respectively, in the narrative category.

Finalists will be announced by the Academy sometime in August.

Congratulations to the filmmakers and crews!

SAA 2017 Semi-Finalists