DGA Student Film Awards


The 26th Annual DGA Student Film Awards
Application Period Is Now Closed.

Thank you to all those who applied. Good luck!

Winners will be announced in December 2020.

Each year the Directors Guild of America holds its annual Student Film Awards for African-American, Asian-American, Latino, and women filmmakers. The awards, which bring the winners prizes of $2,500 from the DGA, are designed to honor, encourage, and bring attention to outstanding minority and women film students in film schools and other select universities.

You can browse through a year by year history of the DGA Student Film Awards by clicking on the timeline below to view winners and photos.


1996 Student Film Award Winners

African American

East Coast Winner

Geoffrey Fletcher of Columbia for "Magic Marker"

West Coast Co-Winner

Vern Anthony of UCLA for "The Second Time Around"

West Coast Co-Winner

Jennifer Haskin-O'Reggio of USC for "The Mirror Lied"



East Coast Winner

Alfredo Rodriguez de Villa of Columbia for "Joe's Egg"

West Coast Winner

Maria Cortinas of USC for "Go West"



East Coast Winner

Krista Whetstone of Columbia for "William"

West Coast Winner

Ramona Diaz of Stanford for "Spirits Rising"

West Coast Honorable Mention

Karin Thayer of USC for "Seed"

Brandon Goco
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DGA Student Film Awards - Eligible Schools

Click here to review the list of schools eligible for the 2020 Awards.