DGA Student Film Awards

 


26th Annual DGA Student Film Awards Winners


Best African American Student Filmmakers

East Region

  • Award Winner: Natalie Jasmine Harris of New York University — Pure
  • Jury Award: Tramaine Raphael Gray of University of North Carolina School of the Arts — Kindred Kings

West Region

  • Award Winner: Allison A. Waite of University of Southern California — The Dope Years: The Story of Latasha Harlins
  • Jury Award: Dagmawi Abebe of University of Southern California — The Ball Method

Best Asian American Student Filmmakers

East Region

  • Award Winner: Karishma Dev Dube of New York University — Bittu
  • Jury Award: Constance Tsang of Columbia University — Beau

West Region

  • Award Winner: Olivia Hang Zhou of American Film Institute — Apart, Together
  • Jury Award: Shuang Li of University of California, Berkeley — The Long Wait

Best Latino Student Filmmakers

East Region

  • Award Winner: Esteban Garcia Vernaza of Columbia University — Silento
  • Jury Award: Mariana Saffon of Columbia University — Entre tú y Milagros

West Region

  • Award Winner: Felipe Vargas of University of Southern California — Milk Teeth
  • Jury Award: Tiffany Kontoyiannis-Guillen of University of Southern California — Welcome Back

Best Women Student Filmmakers

East Region

  • Award Winner: Shae Xu of Columbia University — Duet
  • Jury Award: Alice Aguiar of Savannah College of Art and Design — Windchimes

West Region

  • Award Winner: Kathryn Boyd-Batstone of University of Southern California — For Rosa
  • Jury Prize: Star Victoria of University of Southern California — La Ruta

The DGA Student Film Awards have highlighted dozens of African American, Asian American, Latino and Women filmmakers over the years. A number of past winners have gone on to enjoy successful directing careers, including:

  • Steven Caple Jr. (Creed II; Grown-ish; Rapture; The Land)
  • Jon M. Chu (In the Heights; Now You See Me 2; Crazy Rich Asians; Home Before Dark)
  • Ryan Coogler (Black Panther; Creed; Fruitvale Station)
  • Nicole Kassell (Watchmen; Castlerock; Westworld; The Americans)
  • Patricia Riggen (Surveillance; The 33; Miracles From Heaven; Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan)
  • Sylvain White (The Rookie; Fargo; The Umbrella Academy; Amazing Stories)

The winners were chosen by blue ribbon panels. Eligible films were made in the 2019/2020 school year (September 2019 through August 2020), and produced as a student project under the supervision of a faculty member – with students holding every major crew position. Dramas, comedies and documentaries are all eligible – animated and experimental films are not eligible. Applicants must be enrolled in, or be a recent (one-year) graduate from, an accredited post-secondary institution located in the United States and selected by the DGA.

2011 Student Film Award Winners

 Student Film Awards Ceremony 2011


African American

East Region Winner

Faren Humes of FSU for "Our Rhineland"

East Region Jury Award 

Taofik Kolade of NYU for "The Binding of Ishmael"

West Region Winner

Gerard McMurray of USC for "Battle Buddy "

West Region Jury Award

Channing Godfrey Peoples of USC for "Red"

 


Asian American

East Region Winner

Chun-Yi Hsieh of NYU for "Bian Zi "(Braid)

East Region Jury Award

Johnny Ma of Columbia Univ. for "Play"

West Region Winner

Soham Mehta of Univ. of Texas at Austin for "Fatakra"

West Region Jury Award

Roshan Murthy of Univ. of Texas at Austin for "Double Rainbow"

 


Latino

East Region Winner

David Liz of FSU for "Luz"

East Region Jury Award

Julio Vargas of Hampshire College for "The Wall That Binds Us"

West Region Winner

Richard Parkin of UCLA for "Contra El Mar" (Against the Sea)

West Region Jury Award

Carlos Marques-Marcet of UCLA for "The Yellow Ribbon"

 


Woman

East Region Winner

Bora Kim of Columbia Univ. for "The Recorder Exam "

East Region Jury Award

Annalisa Vozza of CCNY for "Alex"

West Region Winner

Mitsuyo Miyazaki of USC for "Tsuyako"

West Region Jury Award

Ali Scher of USC for "The Maiden and the Princess"

 


Contact
Brandon Goco
Manager, Committee Events
For more information please email:
studentfilmawards@dga.org
DGA Student Film Awards - Eligible Schools

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

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