The team at the gala: Axel Nygren & Amanda Högberg (screenwriters), Jonatan Etzler (director), Nea Asphäll (director of photography) and Johan Lundström (producer).

A Student Academy Award for the Swedish short-film Get Ready with Me

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Jonatan Etzler's short film, produced at the Stockholm University of the Arts, was awarded gold at the Student Academy Award gala last night in Los Angeles.

The film is one of 19 winners, selected from a total of 1582 submissions from around the world. The film won after a long process of several nominations and shortlists along the way.

Get Ready with Me is a 30-minute satirical thriller taking place at high school and deals with suicide issues and social media. Youtuber Vendela (Miriam Benthe) shows a shocking video in class that makes her teacher Lukas (played by Shanti Roney) scared. The film was produced by Johan Lundström and written by Amanda Högberg and Axel Nygren. Nea Asphäll was the director of photography, it was edited by Robert Krantz, music by Andreas Ahlm, sound design by Anders Lindahl, and the production coordinator was Abed Rahman Loutfi.

– It was incredibly fun to be nominated. Then winning gold is absolutely amazing. It's the best thing that can happen to a movie made at film-school, competing with all the film schools in the world, says director Jonatan Etzler.

The Student Academy Award also means that Get Ready with Me will be able to compete for an Oscar on the upcoming gala expected to be held on February 24th, 2019. Among former winners of student Oscar are directors Spike Lee, Trey Parker and Robert Zemeckis.