Cortina Named a Winner in the Student Academy Awards Competition.

He may only be a student filmmaker at the moment, but that hasn’t stopped Rafael Cortina from getting noticed by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

The young Latino filmmaker has been named one of the winners of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Student Academy Awards competition.


Cortina, a film student at Occidental College, was selected as one of the finalist’s in the Alternative category for his film Bottled Up.

He’s one of 13 students from nine U.S. colleges and universities, as well as three students from foreign universities, selected as winners.

Cortina and his fellow winners will be brought to Los Angeles for a week of industry activities that will culminate in the awards ceremony, hosted by 1978 Student Academy Award winner and comedian Bob Saget, on Saturday, June 8 at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

The medal placements – gold, silver and bronze – in each of the award categories will be announced at the ceremony.

The winners are (listed alphabetically by film title):


Bottled Up, Rafael Cortina, Occidental College
The Compositor, John Mattiuzzi, School of Visual Arts
Zug, Perry Janes, University of Michigan

Dia de los Muertos, Lindsey St. Pierre and Ashley Graham, Ringling College of Art and Design
Peck Pocketed, Kevin Herron, Ringling College of Art and Design
Will, Eusong Lee, California Institute of the Arts

Every Tuesday: A Portrait of The New Yorker Cartoonists, Rachel Loube, School of Visual Arts
A Second Chance, David Aristizabal, University of Southern California
Win or Lose, Daniel Koehler, Elon University

Josephine and the Roach, Jonathan Langager, University of Southern California
Ol’ Daddy, Brian Schwarz, University of Texas at Austin
Un Mundo para Raúl , Mauro Mueller, Columbia University

Foreign Film
Miss Todd, Kristina Yee, National Film and Television School, United Kingdom
Parvaneh, Talkhon Hamzavi, Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland
Tweesprong, Wouter Bouvijn, RITS School of Arts, Erasmus College Brussels, Belgium

The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. The roster includes such distinguished filmmakers as John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker and Spike Lee.

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