Articles & Notes — June 13, 2012 at 5:31 am

Azeri director from Germany receives Student Academy Awards medal

Young Azerbaijani director Elmar Imanov, who currently lives in Germany, received a bronze medal at the 39th Annual Student Academy Awards in the “foreign student film” category.

The Academy established the Student Academy Awards in 1972 to support and encourage excellence in filmmaking at the collegiate level.

The Student Academy Awards is a national student film competition conducted by the Academy and the Academy Foundation.

Each year over 500 college and university film students from all over the United States compete for awards and cash grants, with films being judged in four categories: Animation, Documentary, Narrative and Alternative. An outstanding student filmmaker from outside the U.S. is honored each year as well.

Imanov received the award for his short film “The Swing of the Coffin Maker”. On June 11 an award-receiving ceremony was hosted in Los Angeles.

The 26 year old director was born in Azerbaijan, but moved to Germany (Koln) along with his family 13 years ago. He completed his studies at the International School of Cinematography and since then directed several short films and documentary features.

“The Swing of the Coffin Maker” tells the story of difficult relations between a father and his mentally unstable son. The film was shot in 2011, 55 kilometers from Baku (Azerbaijan).

Through the Student Academy Awards, the Academy recognizes and encourages this country’s most promising new filmmakers.

Past winners include Spike Lee, Trey Parker, Bob Saget and Oscar winners John Lasseter and Robert Zemeckis.

To extend the impact and honor beyond the competition, a compilation presentation of the gold medal award-winning films is circulated each year free of charge to educational and non-profit organizations nationwide.

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