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BFM's student film wins student Oscar

BC, Tallinn, 16.09.2020.Print version
A film made for the Film Arts curriculum of the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM) has been picked as one of the winners of the 47th Student Academy Awards, announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on the night between Tuesday and Wednesday, reports LETA/BNS.

The entry, "My Dear Corpses," is a film finished as a BA production by director German Golub, who graduated from BFM with honors this July.

This year, 1,474 films from 207 US and 121 international film schools were filed for the competition. 

According to Golub, winning the student Oscar shows that their team and the school are taken seriously. The status going with the recognition also enables to showcase Estonia abroad, he said.  "The award is also important in that it enables to further develop the art of film. It shows that possibilities exist in our film domain and it is possible for students to study here and receive high awards from such organizations. This is very important," the award-winning director said.  

Golub said that 93 films made the pre-selection round in the category of Live Action Narrative at the 47th Student Academy Awards, of which eight were shortlisted as finalists. While three films have been declared winners at this point, at the awards ceremony to be held via the Zoom platform on Oct. 21 the academy will also announce which of them won gold, silver and bronze, respectively. 

"Next, it means that it is possible for us to run for a real Oscar, so to speak, in the category of best live action short film," Golub said.

Previously, of Estonian directors, Tanel Toom has won a student Oscar with his film "Pihtimus" ("The Confession"), which was his graduation work at the National Film and Television School in London.

For BFM this is the first Student Academy Award.

"My Dear Corpses" tells a story of an unexpectedly evicted Erki who faces a rather difficult task to take care of his lonely mother, and has to agree to become a corpse carrier. The situation is about to get a whole lot worse when Erki meets his new colleague, for whom it's just another day in the field. 

The other two awards in the same category went to Percival Arguero Mendoza from Mexico and  Marie McCourt from Belgium.

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