Three 2015 UGFTV alums are finalists for the 2016 Student Academy Awards:
Chloe Aktas received her nomination in the Narrative category. Aktas’s film, Mutt, is about two children in the 1970s rural south whose father, after shooting a stray dog, insists they burn the body. Mutt was produced in Prof. Susan Seidelman's Advanced Production Workshop.
Williams Naranjo received his nomination in the Narrative category. Naranjo’s film, A New Civilization, is a political drama – inspired by Venezuela's 2013 presidential election – about a group of young volunteers about to deliver presidential ballots after voting closed. A New Civilization was produced in Prof. Yemane Demissie 's Advanced Production Workshop. Additionally, the film won second prize at our 2015 First Run Film Festival .
Kevin Rios received his nomination in the Alternative category for Made of Sugar, which tells the story of three generations of a Cuban family as they reflect on their cultural losses and their relationships with each other. Made of Sugar was produced in Prof. Chitra Neogy 's Intermediate Experimental Workshop.