BYU Students' Animinated Short Wins Award

BYU Students' Animinated Short Wins Award

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- The animated short film "Lemmings," created by Brigham Young University students, has won an award from the organization that presents the Academy Awards.

Craig Van Dyke, who produced and directed the film, received the bronze level of the Student Academy Award in the animation category.

The award was presented Sunday night at a ceremony at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, Calif.

The six-minute, computer-animated film, a story of a lemming who attempts to prevent other members of his species from leaping into the sea, was created by about a dozen students.

In March, the film won what is sometimes called a student Emmy from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation as the first-place winner in the nontraditional animation category.

The film also won third place in the student animation category at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival in Florida and won an award at the WESTfest Short Film+Video Festival in Abilene, Texas.

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