Rongfei Guo, a 2015 graduate of NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, has won a Student Academy Award, given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

NYU Carter Journalism Institute Grad Wins Student Academy Award
Rongfei Guo, a 2015 graduate of NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, has won a Student Academy Award, given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Guo received recognition in the “Documentary” category for Fairy Tales, which chronicles the life of a working-class woman from rural China whose eccentric fashion designs, posted on Weibo, the country's largest social media site, turned her into an overnight Internet celebrity.

Rongfei Guo, a 2015 graduate of NYU’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, has won a Student Academy Award, given by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Guo received recognition in the “Documentary” category for Fairy Tales, which chronicles the life of a working-class woman from rural China whose eccentric fashion designs, posted on Weibo, the country's largest social media site, turned her into an overnight Internet celebrity. Guo is a graduate of the Carter Journalism Institute’s News and Documentary program.

Three other 2015 NYU graduates were among the 26 U.S. nominees selected from over 500 applicants for Student Academy Awards. These nominees, Chloe Aktas, Williams Naranjo, and Kevin Rios, attended the Undergraduate Film & Television program at the Tisch School of the Arts. Overall, NYU alumni received more nominations than those of any other institution worldwide.

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 culture loss and their relationships with each other.

Aktas and Naranjo received their nominations 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 bury the body. Naranjo’s film, A New Civilization, is a political drama – inspired by Venezuela's 2013 presidential election – about a young group of volunteers about to deliver presidential ballots after voting has closed.

Winners of the Student Academy Awards will be recognized at a presentation ceremony at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, to be held September 22 in Beverly Hills.

The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level. The awards are open exclusively to college and university film students who compete for awards and cash grants, with films being judged in four categories: Animation, Documentary, Narrative, and Alternative. Film students from outside the U.S. are also honored each year in separate Animation, Narrative, and Documentary categories. Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive 46 Oscar nominations and have won or shared eight awards. They include John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Robert Zemeckis, Trey Parker, and NYU alumnus and current arts professor Spike Lee.
 

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