First, and foremost —
On behalf of everyone on the Zug team, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts & Sciences for awarding Zug the Silver Medal in the 2013 Student Academy Awards (Alternative Category). An additional thanks must be extended to Rich Miller, Tarrah Curtis, and many others on the Academy Student Awards staff who helped make such an incredible week possible.
Over a 5 day period, the Academy graciously invited all 16 winning filmmakers out to Los Angeles, during which time we were afforded the kinds of opportunities every young filmmaker dreams of: to meet and connect with the Academy Board of Governors; to visit various studios (Lionsgate, Disney Animation, Participant Media), to meet working artists (at the Writers Guild of America and the American Society of Cinematographers), as well as learn from pioneers in independent film (including the Sundance Institute and Film Independent). Chief among a week filled with memorable experiences, however, was the opportunity to meet and connect the other winners, a cohort of young filmmakers I count myself very lucky to have been a part of. To everyone who participated — one last thank you.
We owe a thank you, as well, to the Palm Springs International Short Fest, where Zug got its U.S. Premier less than 1 month after taking home the Student Academy Award. Although we were unable to attend, we’ve heard wonderful things about this year’s festival and are very proud – and grateful – to have participated.
Stay tuned for more updates coming from us soon!