DGA Announces Winners of 6th Annual West Coast Student Filmmakers Awards

DGA Student Film Awards

November 1, 2000

The Directors Guild of America has announced the winners of its 2000 Student Film Awards for African-American, Asian-American, Latino and women filmmakers. The awards, which bring prizes of $2500 from the DGA along with product grants of 2000 feet of 16mm film provided by Kodak’s Worldwide Student Film Program to the winner in each group and 1200 feet of 16mm film to each honorable mention, are designed to honor, encourage and bring attention to outstanding minority and women film students in California film schools and other select universities. This is the sixth year the DGA Student Film Awards have been handed out.

The 2000 DGA Student Film Awards will be presented on Tuesday, November 14, 2000, at 7:30 PM, in Theatre 1 at DGA Headquarters, 7920 Sunset Boulevard, following the screenings of the winning films. The screenings and awards presentation are open to the public. To RSVP, please call 310-289-2034.

The winners in each category are:


  • Winner: Desha Dauchan (UCLA) Episodes


  • Winner: Fatimah Tobing Rony (UCLA) Everything In Between
  • Honorable Mention: Puntip Limrungroj (Art Center College of Design) Body and Soul


  • Winner: Sebastian Leda (Art Center College of Design) Trysting
  • Honorable Mention: Bianca C. D’Carpio (CSU- Long Beach) Have You Seen Me


  • Winner: Barbara Stepansky (USC) Blueberry Pancakes
  • Honorable Mention: Laleh Soomekh and Porter Gale (Stanford) xxxy

The awards rules and procedures mandate that competing films must have been made in the 1999/2000 school year (September 1999 - August 2000), and must have been produced for course credit or under the supervision of a faculty member. Dramas, documentaries and experimental films are all eligible: animated films are not. Applicants must be enrolled in or be a recent (one year) graduate from an accredited post-secondary four-year institution in California or other selected university which offers a degree in film or television. Eligible films are those in which every major crew position was held by a student. Productions in which a non-student, professional or a faculty member served as cinematographer, camera operator, sound recordist, editor, lighting director or screenwriter are not eligible. Panels consisting of Director members of the DGA from the respective groups (African-American, Asian-American, Latino and women) reviewed the entries and selected the winners.

DGA Communications Department (310) 289-5333